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RACE READY: cyclocross

Author

Coach Jeff Winkler

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Length

8 Weeks

Plan Description

RACE READY plans are designed to take you through the transition from off-season or pre-season riding to the first races of the season. These plans don't get you in "top" or "peak" form, but get you ready for the rigors of racing.

You should have some base miles before beginning this plan. Ideally, you've been on the bike 8+ hours per week for at least 8 weeks. You can start this plan at any time during the season. You may notice more or less improvement depending on what you have done in the few months prior to starting this plan. Nonetheless, this plan will stress and improve all the physiological systems needed for success in cyclocross racing.

The plan also assumes that you are fresh and ready to start hard training. This is best achieved with a week off or easy week before you start the plan. This plan requires 10-12hrs per week with most of the longer rides on the weekend. It is suitable for a rider with a normal work schedule, but may require time on the trainer during the week due to limited daylight. This plan is not limited to any particular level of rider. The time commitment, however, may be a limiter and make it more appropriate for experienced or committed racers. Nonetheless, if this time commitment doesn't represent a large increase over your previous training volume, it may work for you. Finally, if you find yourself deeply fatigued at any point, you can simply take a few easy or rest days and then pick it back up.

To get best results you should use a power meter and/or heart rate monitor.

Workouts specific intensity through use of training zones. Using a power meter and/or heart rate monitor will allow you to precisely monitor your workout intensity and track improvements.


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Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x6
09:19:00 03:00:00
Day Off x2
—— ——
Run x2
00:24:00 00:20:00
Strength x1
00:41:00 00:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike
09:19:00 03:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
Run
00:24:00 00:20:00
Strength
00:41:00 00:30:00

Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Jeff Winkler

Winkler Cycling

Credentials

  • USA Cycling Level 1 Coach (Elite)
  • TrainingPeaks Level 2 Coach
  • SafeSport Certified
  • Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA)
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (ISSA)
  • Ex-Professional Cyclist
  • Political Science (B.A.), Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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