Planning ahead after last mtb race

I have my last mountain bike A race coming up the beginning of September. After that I may do some CX races but nothing I take seriously. This is my first time using one of your plans, right now I’m following XC mtb in season.

So, my first mtb races in 2020 will likely start around mid May. What plans, in what order would you recommend me doing. I see a bunch of different options and I’m not positive if some of them are supposed to be used back to back or one looks like it might include some aspects of another plan. So just want to be sure what you would recommend and when I should start the first plan.

I would start with our offseason weight lifting and sweet spot base plan. This would be 16 weeks of training. Then you can transition in xc mountain bike plan 6 weeks before your first race in May. Then go back into the xc in season plan.

Then intervals for XC mountain biking

So right there is 22 weeks of training.

In the fall you can look to do the fall foudation plan as well before you being the resistance training. Can do it either before or after midseason break.

Sorry, a little confused and want to make sure I buy the right ones and do them in the right order. After the 16 week resistance/SS plan which 6 week mtb plan should I do before the 1st race? Do the XC interval plan and then switch to in season plan once racing starts? Thanks.

Yes start with the 16 week plan, then you will need a regeneration week, then start the 6 week xc mountain bike plan.

You will want to finish this plan a week before your first race. The week of the first race can be a regeneration week before you begin the xc in season plan.

So you will have 22 weeks of plan, plus you will need to add in a week of regeneration between the plans and another one the first race. So basically you are looking at this giving you 24 weeks.

Ok, that’s what I thought but wanted to be sure. What would you suggest I do between mid September —> November when I would start the plan. Should I build in some level of downtime and just ensure overall I’m keeping my riding time/TSS at decent levels?

Foundation plan. Also the typical 2-3 weeks off the bike. Maybe before all that do a sweet spot plan.

I’d be more inclined to say have fun for those 4-6 weeks. Do group rides, work on mountain bike skills, go for Strava segments or Personal best. It’s good to keep fitness up before completely stopping but want to keep it a bit more fun.

So to recap 4-6 weeks of group rides, skills, segments, or sweet spot plan. Then 2-3 weeks off the bike. Then 3 weeks of foundation plan.