MAIN­TAIN­ING FIT­NESS OVER THE SUM­MER SEA­SON

Australian Mountain Bike - - Fitness - WORDS: JENNI KING PHO­TOS: MIKE BLEWITT

FIT­NESS The sum­mer race sea­son in Aus­tralia is a long one. Many of you will have started rac­ing back in Novem­ber and are still aim­ing for some events through March and into April. Five months is a long pe­riod of time to hold onto peak fit­ness. It is com­mon for fit­ness lev­els to drop over the course of a race sea­son, due to ta­per­ing pe­ri­ods in be­tween races as well as both phys­i­cal and men­tal fa­tigue. It def­i­nitely helps to have built a solid base be­fore the start of your race sea­son. How­ever, even those who have trained con­sis­tently over win­ter and built a mas­sive base, will find it near im­pos­si­ble to hold peak form for longer than 4-6 weeks. That is, un­less they have prop­erly planned ahead and struc­tured in time for re­cov­ery as well as train­ing blocks to re-boost aer­o­bic en­durance and base. In this ar­ti­cle I will step you through a sim­ple way to plan your race sea­son. It might be the per­fect build­ing block for next year. I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend tak­ing the time to pri­ori­tise the races you plan to do. Don’t make the mis­take of sim­ply rac­ing one event to the next; it’s near im­pos­si­ble to be in form for them all. Try cat­e­goris­ing your races into “A, B and C pri­or­ity”.

CAT­E­GORY A RACES

- Those races that mean the most to you and

you want to be in your best form for - For these races you should plan a full 7-10 day ta­per *Gen­er­ally only 1-3 Cat A races per Sea­son

CAT­E­GORY B RACES

- Those races that aren’t the high­est pri­or­ity, but

you still want to be in good form for - For these races you should plan a shorter

3-5 day ta­per

CAT­E­GORY C RACES

- Those races that you aren’t con­cerned about the

re­sult of and are us­ing for train­ing pur­poses - No ta­per re­quired

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