Everyone knows that in order to keep riding strong all season long you need to have a good in-season training strategy. Many of us have watched in frustration as our performance started to decline towards the end of the riding season due to a bad in-season training strategy.

The end goal of any in-season mountain bike training plan is to improve – or at least maintain – your speed and/ or endurance. This requires a blend of 3 things, which are…

  • Cardio – Your ability to fuel your efforts on the trail.
  • Strength – Your ability to create strong, powerful movement on the bike as well as absorb impacts from the trail.
  • Mobility – Your ability to get into the optimal position on the bike to maximize balance and movement efficiency.

Ignoring or not properly addressing any one of these things can sabotage all your training efforts. Worse yet, it can set you up for a late season slump.

So your goal with an in-season training program is to properly blend Cardio, Strength and Mobility training to optimize your trail riding. When you do this you can usually continue to progress for the first half of the season and then easily hold that edge for the rest of the riding season.

To help you avoid some of the common in-season training mistakes that can ruin your riding season I have created a 3 part video series. In it I show you how to treat each factor by itself as well as how they all relate to each other.

The first up is the most obvious, which is Cardio. We’re all worried about our trail cardio because once it starts to decline trail riding is much less fun.

However, while a lot of in-season training plans address Cardio it is often misapplied. In fact, not knowing how to properly use cardio training is the #1 reason for the failure of an in-season training plan.

Check out this video to see how to best use cardio training to support your speed and endurance on the trail plus some ideas on how to apply it to your own training.

I hope you have a better understanding now of how to use in-season cardio training. As you can see it is easy to get too focused on it and miss the best cardio training you can do – ride your bike on the trail!

I’ll be in touch in a couple of days with the second part of the series, which is Strength. I’ll show you how your strength levels support your cardio levels on the trail. I’ll also give you some ideas on how to put together an effective strength training program that doesn’t leave you too sore and tired to ride.

Got any thoughts or questions about in-season cardio training? Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you on it.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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