“My biggest problem is that my legs always give way before my lungs in an XC race. To be specific I feel I have a lot more to give on the breathing side of things but my legs always give up the ghost first.
Don’t get me wrong I’m training hard and I am racing at a reasonably high level but wondered if there is something specific I should be working on”
So first of all, this advice applies to everyone, NOT just those racing.
It’s quite common this with Mountain Bikers. There are
a couple of main areas I would look at.
First of all… you need to increase your lactate tolerance.
This is the amount of time it takes for your legs to start burning.
A couple of good ways to do this :
The best way, is to do this in the gym, lifting heavy weights for low reps.
A good workout for this is ‘5×5’. You do 2 exercises back to back, for a max effort of 5 reps. For example… squats and deadlifts. 5 max weight reps, rest 3 minutes… and repeat for 5 sets.