Ride Zones 1-2 today. Get 50% or more of the time in Zone 2. This is an easy ride. You will establish your training zones tomorrow and know what Zone 2 means.
Warm up well by spinning for 20-30 minutes easy to moderate. Then ride a 30 minute time trial on flat course or up hill course. Punch HR monitor 'lap' button 10 minutes into Time Trial. This course needs to have no interruptions allowing for a ocnsistant hard effort with no stops.
Average heart rate for last 20 minutes predicts Lactate threshold heart rate (LTHR). You lactate threshold heart rate can now be used to calculate your training zones by going to your My Settings in Training Peaks, clicking on the Zones button, and putting your LTHR in the threshold box(clicking the down arrow and picking Friels Cycling Zones). You now have your HR zones to use for the entire training program. Please refer to the startup document for training zone details and info.
Finish the workout spinning easy on your way home.
Warm up with 20 minutes of easy spinning. Then perform 30 minutes of technical work on a CX like course (grass field if possible): include all the following cross specific work; dismounting, re-mounting, and running with the bike. If you have access to barriers, use them by practicing running with your bike through them. Also, try to find a short/steep hill. Practice dismounting, running up the hill, remounting, and getting back into the rythm on the bike. Become comfortable and smooth with these exercises. Finish the workout with easy spinning zones 1-2 for the rest of the time.
Run easy Zones 1-2 only.
Ride Zones 1-2 mainly including 3-5 x 1-3 minute race pace efforts(zones 3-5) within the workout. Take 2-3 minutes between these. These efforts should be at a pace you think you can sustain for an entire CX race. Get used to your CX bike at race pace. Make tire pressure adjustments, check over gears, and make sure your bike is race ready.
Warm up 20-30 minutes including 3-5 x 60-90 second race pace build ups. Take 2 minutes rest between each. Show up to the line 10 minutes before your start. Race smart!
Warm up 30 minutes of zone 1-2 spinning. Then go to a course that is as close to a CX course as possible (should include a field with multiple turns, one forced dismounting area, and some road/fireroad within it). If you don't have a course, do your best to create your own with either mtn bike singletrack and/or cones.
After your warm up, perform the following on the course.
3 x 10 minute TT efforts on the course. Take 5 minutes rest between efforts. Practice your turns, and proper pacing. Look into the turns, brake before (not into) the turns, and accelerate when coming out of the turn. Experiment with different lines and try to get faster and more efficient. This doesn't mean going harder! It means riding/racing smarter! Brake only when needed, and approach the turns with the proper speed. Being efficient on the cross bike is very important, so practice it now.
Finish the workout with easy spinning zones 1-2 for the remainder of time.