In Season Mountain Bike Training Strategies #1 – Cardio Training

This time of year I start to get a lot of questions from riders who have been training hard during the off season and are transitioning into their riding season. As many of them have found out, having a bad strategy for your in-season training can ruin all of your hard work in the off season, making this a critical time for us as we spend more and more time on the trail.

This morning I shot a video going over in-season mountain bike training strategies for cardio training. In it I will explain the 2 biggest mistakes riders make with this area of their training, why those mistakes can sabotage their long term progression and what you should be doing for cardio training during the riding season.

Keep an eye out for my next blog post where I’ll go over the role of strength training during the riding season and, like I mention in the video, why your strength level is the cornerstone of your cardio.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Mike says:

    Hi James,
    no need to say more then thanks a lot for this absolutely great and helpful blogpost!

    Reply • April 23 at 8:12 am
    • Mark says:

      Couldn’t agree more. This video reinforces that my training and riding schedule are appropriate- I’m faster than I;ve ever been right now. 1st race of the year this Saturday and I’m going in confident thanks to James’ blog and training vids.

      Reply • April 23 at 10:16 am
  2. Dan says:

    Hi James
    Great video, I have experienced that late season slump more than once and never knew why it was happening so thanks for enlightening me. I have been doing your body weight strength program and just today finished the DH-4X General Endurance Block. My early season riding has NEVER been better, thanks for that, it sure makes riding more fun.
    So I have a question. My first race is in 20 days. I am wondering if I should just roll into the DX-4X Power Endurance Block. If I did this I would finish 2 weeks of this block on a Friday which is 2 days before my race. Or, should I just do one week and rest my interval cardio training. Of course I would be on my bike lightly during that week leading up to the race.
    Once again thanks so much for your programs, life on the bike is so much easier and fun.

    Reply • April 26 at 6:26 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      You can start the Power Endurance block, just give your self 5-7 days between your last hard cardio workout and your race. Glad you’re liking the workouts and these videos, keep me posted on how things go…

      Reply • April 29 at 1:18 pm
  3. John says:

    Hey James,
    Is your Ultimate MTB workout program designed around these principles? I have version 6 and am just finishing the program. There is an In Season program included. Is this what you would recommend to move into? I am not a racer but like to trail ride at a high level.
    Thanks for all you do for us riders!

    Reply • April 25 at 9:51 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Yes, the Ultimate MTB Workout Program In Season Program is based on these principles and will help you with your goals this season.

      Reply • April 26 at 11:33 am

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