Iíd like to try a race on May 1, 2004. This will be my first mountain bike race. I need some guidance on how often I should be training a week and what should I focus on (long, hard rides, or intervals, etc). My goal is to not to win, but not to look like an idiot. If I did better than last place Iíd be happy. The category is Womenís Beginner.
My fitness level is good. Just this past mountain biking season was my best ever. I had never been in that kind of shape before. We easily rode 4-5 times a week once the trails were all free of mud and snow. I donít keep up with that schedule now (winter months), but I have been strength training 2-3 times a week at home, usually a 2 hour cross country ski on the weekend, and walks around the block with my dog almost every night. Once it warms up some more, I plan on commuting to work on my bike (only 5 miles RT however).
Iím positive I need to build my endurance back up. But last season I had no plan, just ride as often as we could. No training goals at all. The lower elevation trails near me wonít be free until 2 weeks before this race. So hereís what I have to work with: a stationary recumbent bike and my commuter, an old mountain bike with slicks for road rides. Also, I don't like running.
Anyone want to a rought schedule for a May 1st race?
Length of the race course with one lap is 11.0 miles, I'll do two laps. Altitude change is 400 feet, but you'll roll up and down for total climbing of about 1000.