47 in body, but 27 in mind

Subscriber Geoff [name changed] emails in :

“Hi Matt, 
 
First of all, congratulations on putting your plan together, I always enjoy your daily emails popping through, they help keep me motivated even if I don’t manage to get out that day ,the reason why is always lingering….
 
The reason for the email is because I am currently going through a bit of a fitness regime, not specific MTB just general. It’s a boot camp type affair with all sorts of exercises – core, strength and low based cardio in a group.  I have been doing this since before Christmas and then trying to get the odd ride in between, weather and time permitting. 
 
So, I’m thinking your plan might give me the MTB infill I’m looking for and a bit more specific bike training rather than just going out an bashing out the miles, would that be a fair assessment?
 
The other issue is recovery, I’m 47 in body but 27 in mind and end up getting to the point where I’m run down, so some guidance here would help too.
 
So, do you think your plan could fill the gaps or do you think trying to tailor it might be a problem?
 
Cheers
Geoff”

Let’s dive in.

So first of all, well done on the boot camps. ANY training is better than no training, so the boot camps will have been great! Building core strength and fitness is super important for the bike.
Geoff is right though – there is a big difference between just ‘bashing out the miles’ and doing a generic bootcamp, to training specifically for mountain biking.
​​​​​​​Mountain biking has very specific needs. Amongst many other things :
– You need to easily be able to move your weight in every direction on the bike, quickly
and efficiently.
​​​​​​​- You need to have strong joints, bones and muscles, to take the hits when you fall off the bike.
– You need to have very good fitness and strength to be able to
negotiate a technical climb, pick the right line and still focus on breathing and your legs not packing in!
– You need to have the strength to take the beating you get from the
bike on the descents
– You need to be able to create power from an unstable platform (think bunnyhopping on a muddy/slippy trail)

While bootcamps are great (as is training in the gym generally) it’s not specific to mountain biking and doesn’t take these specific needs in to account.

Now, onto struggling to recover :

​​​​​​​In the booklet I have a full chapter dedicated to improving recovery

and spotting the signs of poor recovery. Some of these focuses to improve recovery, so you have plenty of energy after your rides, are :
​​​​​​​- Sleeping right (sleep 6-8 hours a night minimum)
– Eating well (protein, veg and carbs at every meal)
– Taking strategic rest days

Factoring in MTB Specific training and really nailing your recovery is so important to achieving the fitness and strength you want to on the bike.

For my help with this, you can check out the programme here :

https://mtb.fitness/products/mountain-bike-training-programme

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