Gary Fisher Tassajara, DIamond Back Response SE, Trek Y5
training for cross country MTB races
im just recently getting back into racing at 30 and the last time i raced i was 23 but when i was 23 i was just naturally in better shape especially since i commuted to work 15 miles every day except weekends, now i am 30 and i dont do the 15 mile daily commute and also i moved from a very flat place (mississippi) to mountain bike heaven (blue ridge mountains of virginia)
so i have lots of climbing to get used to obviously since i was used to mostly flatland singletrack.
i was thinking of picking 3 days a week just for training and maybe to work on climbing one day, sprints another day, and then my actual riding and distance another day, i was wondering what methods other people may use and also if maybe anyone has some input on the method i selected and tips pointers etc.