Now that i've picked the 7 races that I want to do this year I have also figured out a "training" plan to get ready for the race season. Here is a brief description.
3-4 road rides a week, 2-3 hours long, at 70%, until March.
Starting in March intensity will go up and mountain bike rides/races will be thrown in. Still at least 3 days a week on the road.
Starting in April it will be 50/50 Mtb/road. More fast trail rides and road intervals. Probably try and stick with this through May.
Depending on weather, June-Sept will be 80/20 Mtb/road. Still at least 3 days a week.
Most road rides will be on the Chehalis Western Trail, and most mtb rides will start at the Y and begin with a fire road climb(s) to the peak and end with a long trail descent(s).
Race schedule (tentative)
BUDU Black Diamond XC
BUDU Whidbey Island XC
Bellingham mtb festival SD, XC
OSD Hood River
OSD Bend? (or Oakridge?)
Capitol Forest Classic SD, XC
OSD Sandy Ridge