Off-Season Cyclocross Phase 2: Building Aerobic Endurance (12-weeks)

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:33
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:33
Training Load By Week

A Cyclocross Specific 12 week OFF Season Training Program with a focus on building aerobic endurance and a strong foundation for the cross season.

The plan focuses on accumulating time in tempo and sweet spot, to make the most of your time, to increase sustainable power for cross racing. Additionally Cyclocross specific drills, and off the bike maintenance work is included.

This plan is perfect for the cyclocross racer to begin in late Spring and into Summer (like May - July to prepare for the Cyclocross Season in September.

Sample Day 1
1:00:00
CX Plyometrics and Sprints @ Park

See Attached Document & follow video links as necessary
-Squat Jumps: 1 x 4
-Box Jumps: 1 x 5
-Split Squat Jumps: 1 x 8 (each leg)
Complete each set as qucikly as possible. Plyo's are designed to increase the speed of muscle contraction and will be accentuated when performed quickly.
Do not sacrifice form for speed

In addition to the plyometrics do 2 sets of 10-15 push ups.

After the body exercises, get back on your bike, find a hill or set of stairs that takes about 15-20 seconds to sprint up and do 3 efforts of coming into the hill at speed, smooth dismount, shoulder the bike, sprint up the hill at max effort, place bike down smoothly and remount.

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
EN: Zone 2: Endurance

Wattages should be 60 - 75% of your Functional Threshold Power; Heart rates should be in 70-85% of your threshold heart rate. Choose Flat or Flat-ish Terrain

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
TO: Tempo 4 x 8

Perform the Intervals by riding between 76-90% of your FTP. You should feel like you are working but not "suffering" http://www.fascatcoaching.com/tempotraining.html 4 x 8 minutes on (zone 3) 4 minutes off

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
4x5min Standing Exercises (sweet spot)

Warmup

4x5min sweet spot efforts that alternate sitting and standing every 30 sec (so 30 sec seated, 30 sec standing, etc).

Rest 3 min between each effort

Finish the ride with zone 2 and a quick cooldown

Sample Day 6
2:30:00
EN: Weekend Group Ride

Weekend Group Ride-Don't worry about intervals, etc today. Work on sticking wheels for the duration. Climbing hills strongly, pacelining together in a group and even launching attacks or trying for sprints. Overall this should be 'moderately hard' effort and also a bit of fun

Sample Day 7
2:00:00
Trail Endurance

The goal of today's ride is to log some steady endurance miles, on trail if possible. Focus on keeping steady pressure on the pedals where possible, and riding smoothly through technical sections.

Sample Day 8
1:00:00
CX Plyometrics and Sprints @ Park

See Attached Document & follow video links as necessary
-Squat Jumps: 2 x 4
-Box Jumps: 2 x 5
-Split Squat Jumps: 2 x 8 (each leg)
Complete each set as qucikly as possible. Plyo's are designed to increase the speed of muscle contraction and will be accentuated when performed quickly.
Do not sacrifice form for speed

In addition to the plyometrics do 2 sets of 10-15 push ups.

After the body exercises, get back on your bike, find a hill or set of stairs that takes about 15-20 seconds to sprint up and do 3 efforts of coming into the hill at speed, smooth dismount, shoulder the bike, sprint up the hill at max effort, place bike down smoothly and remount.

Nate Wilson
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Catalyst Coaching

My personal experience is primarily with road cycling, but I got my start as a coach with mountain bikers. At this point I've worked with a wide range of athletes from people chasing a PR in their local century, to MTB racers, to road riders racing full time in Europe as their profession.