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Sweet Spot Marathon Mountain Bike Training Plan

Designed By Coach FasCat Coaching

This plan is built for epic races with a foundation of Sweet Spot and Threshold work to make sure you’re ready for 10-30 minute climbs during a 50-100-mile event. We structure this plan with structured training during the week, and “freestyle” workouts on the weekends to keep your mind fresh and having fun.

This plan was featured in Outside Magazine, hit this link to read all about it!

What you get:

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • FREE 30 Day Premium TrainingPeaks Account
  • Mobile App (iOS and Droid)
  • FREE 60 Day YogaGlo Membership
  • Private FaceBook & Email Coach Support
  • Daily Email Workout Reminders
  • GPS, Heart Rate, and Power Data Uploads
  • Race Specific Power and Heart Rate Workouts
  • Advanced Aerobic Endurance Training
  • Strength & Conditioning Routines with Video

Six Week Sweet Spot Marathon Mountain Bike Training Plan to get you ready for your race!

You’ll ride tons of Sweet Spot and threshold so you’ll be ready for those 10-30 minute climbs in your 50 0r 100 mile event. There are structure rides during the week with more “freestyle” workouts on the weekends to keep your mind fresh an still loving the ride! Read about the plan’s effectiveness and flexibility in Outside Magazine!

Choose between a basic, intermediate or advanced plan based on how much time you have to train each week.  If your A race is more than 6 weeks away consider starting with our Sweet Spot Plan (to build your base) if you are 12-18 weeks away or the Sweet Spot Part 2 Plan if your A race is closer, 6-12 weeks away.

For recovery this plan has got you covered with all the “marginal gains” details to get even faster: Recovery Techniques, Rest Days, a FREE YogaGlo account, Foundations, and best of all, Strength and Conditioning – all you need is a physical therapy style rubber band and MOTIVATION! There are instructional videos in the plan for you to follow along at home. The weekends are chock full of Block Training where you’ll ride back-to-back days of Sweet Spot on climbs and trails. You’ll use the terrain instead of the timer to achieve 45 > 60 > 90 minutes of Sweet Spot training on epic rides as you prepare your legs & lungs

Questions about our Marathon Mountain Bike Training Plan? See our FAQ below or email/call: or 720.406.7444

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed: if you are unsatisfied with the plan, your performance, anything, we will refund your plan at anytime. Example Workout:

MTB Sweet Spot Climbing : 90 minutes

3 reviews for Sweet Spot Marathon Mountain Bike Training Plan

  1. Clint

    I have been spelling with a coach (not with fascat). I have intervals that I can complete almost weekly. Unfortunately there was little build up to the race type intervals. Looking at the plans from Fascat. There is a progression within each plan as well as from plan to plan. This makes accomplishing and our finishing workouts more attainable, which leads to more consistency which finally leads to more confidence on race day.

  2. Alex

    Bought this plan to get ready for my summer XC race season. It is definitely tough, but so worth it! Really helped me to bring structure to my MTB training and improve my fitness. I’ve already improved by 5min max power by 20watts, which I am very happy with.

    I also ended up doing a couple ‘B’ races during this period, and I do wish the plan gave a bit of guidance in how to incorporate low-priority races into the schedule.

    Highly recommend!

    • Clint Campbell

      At first glance these workouts looked easier than what I was doing. After doing them I tale that back. They are demanding and require a drive to get better in order to complete. Great plan.

  3. Ben Reidy

    Following any specific training plan is tough, both mentally and physically. But if you stick with it, you will benifit from your persistance thats for sure!
    My work pattern differs from the normal 5-6 day working week in that i work shifts of 4 on 4 off, some nights and some days and i found i was able to move sessions around a bit to easily fit in with work and family life. This plan has you riding for durations that are not too long and encorporate the high intensity needed for XC, just enough but not too much that you fatigue quickly and cant complete the following days session.
    I gained a 6% rise in FTP over the 6 weeks which is a good gain in my books and still left me rested enough to race at the end of it.

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Basic (4-8 hours/week), Intermediate (8-12 hours/week), Advanced (12-16+ hours/week)

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