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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    Looking for a good 3-week "run-up" training plan before big MTB event

    Howdy everyone,

    Just completed the full 6 week TrainerRoad Sweet-spot base program (Low Volume 1) - saw significant increases in longevity and base power.

    I was working out with a FTP of 215, but feel that might have been low based on how easy the 65% effort sessions went. I'll do a fresh 8-minute test on Friday to reassess.

    But - I have the Ouachita Challenge coming up (Just doing the tour, not the race. April 2nd, ~65 miles in the Ozarks on the Ouachita and Womble trails) While I've finished the event a few times even when I wasn't feeling as good as I am right now, I really want to perform well this year.

    I've got roughly 3 weeks to focus on whatever path is going to help me the most - but I'm at a loss when it comes to deciding what to do in that short duration.

    I'm open to suggestions, or I'll just start on a TR building phase plan and just interrupt it the week heading up to the event, and pick it up right after.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2009
    I would focus on race specifics. How long are the key climbs? How long will the holeshot effort be? How long are the sustained effort flowy parts?

  3. #3
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    Nov 2014
    If your workouts feel too easy, do them harder. It's absolutely pointless to keep doing something easy that is supposed to be hard.

    An 8 min test is not going to tell you your FTP. It'd be a good first set of a workout, though, for increasing vo2 max/upper threshold and the like.

    If you want to increase threshold, work on that. If you want to improve 3-5 min efforts, work on that. Sprinting, work on that.

    Or just work on them all once a week (or on a big "kitchen-sink" esque ride).

    There really is no right or wrong answer here because you can essentially do anything and everything. 3 weeks is enough to get your top end power topped off and work on some specificity issues if that's what you want to do, otherwise, just do whatever.

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