Warm Up, 6x6m TTs, Cool Down
6 Minute TT efforts are a good early season or maintenance workout to help you make the transition from base and longer threshold work into harder and more intense maximal workouts. These efforts should be done as hard as possible for each effort, but trying to put in a consistent power throughout.
Approach each workout with a power target or a distance target. Do your best to meet the target, and look for a 1-2% improvement each week. If you are able to hit the targets, try to g o even harder.
Treat this like a recovery ride from an effort stand point.
There are two ways to approach this workout:
1. Identify weaknesses
Get out and just ride around, look for fun areas to ride or hit up your local park, trails or course. Push your tires and have some, keeping the effort low, but looking for areas where you could improve. Come away from this workout with an idea of where you need to work on, based on how you were riding, or what races or events you might have coming up.
2. Take a list of skills, 2-3 skills and get to a park or area where you can practice them. Look for drills on youtube, recreate race course scenarios, or email me for drill ideas. Practice each skills for 10-15 minutes and then move on. Come away with an idea of what techniques were working and not working and an idea of what you want to work on next time.
The focus of this workout is to improve your ability to recover from above threshold efforts, and to increase your endurance at that level. It also does a fantastic job of helping you maintain the threshold improvements made during base.
Keep the power and HR easy
Warm Up, do 2x10 minute Dirty 30s, Cool down.
Dirty 30s are a great CX specialization workout. They are designed to keep you on the back foot and challenge you to composure while completing hard efforts and technical dismounts and remounts.
The best way to complete these is not based on time, but on a predetermined course. A soccer field works incredibly well. The 2 long and 1 short side of a field are about 30s long, then rest and run the 4th short side, remounting into the long side starting the next rep. Regardless of where you do these, having a course with markers will make them easier to complete as watching the clock becomes difficult.
Worry less about hitting the exact power targets and more about going hard, and maintaining good form.