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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:

  • FREE TrainingPeaks Account (30 Days Premium)
  • FREE YogaGlo Membership (60 Days)
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed or Money Back
  • Mobile App (iOS and Droid)
  • Coaching Support in a Private Facebook Group
  • Foundations Back Strengthening
  • REVO Strength & Conditioning Videos
  • Daily Email Workout Reminders
  • GPS, Heart Rate, and Power Data Uploads
  • Strength & Conditioning Routines with Video
  • Sweet Spot Intervals for MTB

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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: help@fascatcoaching.com or 720.406.7444

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

7 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.

  4. Jon Livengood

    I’m in the fifth week of this plan and am really happy with the results. I feel like my fitness is pretty resilient and solid, that is, on longer rides, I’m still able to lay down the power in hour number 4. The intervals vary enough to keep them interesting and the weekend rides are flexible enough that you can do solid rides with your friends. My only tiny little nit-picky complaint is that the heading of the workouts and the description of the workouts don’t always match ( heading will say 2×20, but the the description will talk about 3×15 or some other time period for similar effort intervals). Not really a big deal as long as you just stick to the workout in the heading, but was a little confusing in the beginning….just needs to be tidied up a bit. Anyway, Using this plan, I feel like my fitness is better than in years past when I’ve had a personal coach. Totally worth getting and I plan on getting other plans in the future. Thanks!

  5. shano

    my 2nd training plan from FasCat. Workouts are varied enough to keep things from becoming monotonous and mundane. The outdoor training really encourages creative approaches to your training. All the endurance work is really making a difference in my ability to hang on to the first group during extended climbs where previously I was 2nd or 3rd group – great success!!

  6. malcolm.isaacs

    Initially this program was recommended to me as a top up to my XCO Intervals plan as the season was still 3-4 months long. The Sweet Spot Marathon ended on Saturday with a “Race”. Problem is I did not have a XCO or XCM race in my area on that day so I decided to enter a Grand Fondo (ended being 173km’s long). It was a combination of Gravel & Tar, lining up with my Dual Suspension Mountain Bike with knobblies I quickly regretted my choice as the start chute was flooded with gravel and cycloscross bikes as they obviously had the advantage. At the first climb 25km in I got dropped from the leading bunch only to reel in about 20 riders all on gravel or cycloscross bikes with about 50kms to go & a massive 28km climb with 1000m elevation. I have no idea how but riders were getting dropped like flies & I can only attribute it to this Sweet Spot Marathon MTB Program especially since I did not train for this distance. Overall position was a respectable 14th, 3rd MTB.

  7. ghamer1

    This plan was a good introduction to the sweet spot methodology. It has helped me understand the principles of cumulative training load and balance. Helped me to understand when to begin to rest etc. before my recent B race in the mid-point of my build up to a Leadville Qualifying event in June. I am using it twice over a 12 week period with the B race in the middle. Pleased with my CTL ramp and being able to plan my peaks. Not able to hit all of the planned MTB workouts because of a lack of open non-technical single track and have moved some around but stuck with the duration, intensity and intervals for the most part. Great framework to build around.

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

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