CX, watt/HR by Output Cycling

Average Weekly Training Hours 12:35
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 12:35
Training Load By Week

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Racing Cyclo-Cross is a blast! You get to be a kid again, ride your bike over stuff, splash in mud puddles, get stuck in mud bogs and of course do some fun racing with your friends! It is fast and intense and you are going to push it in order to beat your competition!

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This plan is for the CX/ road/MTB cyclist that wants a great plan and has between 6-12 hours a week to train. This is an intermediate plan and the workouts are tough, challenging and fun and for certain will make sure you are ready to crush in 'cross!

One unique thing about this plan is that it has ‘options’for each weekend, so that if you are racing on Saturday, or Sunday, not racing at all or racing both days, there is an option for you to follow. The plan consists of workouts at various effort levels. It offers wattage, heart rate, and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) options so you can gauge yours effort whether you use a power meter, an HR monitor, or prefer to work out by feel.

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
101.9TSS
Endurance 90 min @ 70% w. 10 x Bursts @ 200%

WU: 10 Minutes working Endurance (L2 Power/ L2 HR/ 2-3 RPE) with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs

MS: Today is simple, ride prescribed time in the Endurance Zone (L2 Power / L2 HR / 2-3 RPE). To build and maintain strength, try to complete 10 "Attack Sprints" of 15 - 25 seconds at 200% of FTP (Maximal RPE). Pick a variety of terrains; short climbs, long flats, downhill.... Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.

Sample Day 2
0:20:00
17.6TSS
CX Run "Brick"

Immediately following bike workout, run at a steady pace for prescribed time. This should be done on grass and in cyclo-cross shoes or sneakers.

Sample Day 3
0:10:00
5TSS
Bike "Lifts"

Lifting your bike can be hard work for skinny cyclists! Complete 2 x 20 “bike lifts” BEFORE starting cycling workout. Process is simple, grab your top tube and lift bike overhead. Put your water bottle on first to add a little weight

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
81.7TSS
Endurance 20 min @70% w. Tempo 45 min @80%

WU: 10 Minutes working into your Endurance zone (L2 Power/L2 HR/2-3 RPE). Then complete 3 sets of 1 Minute fast pedals with 1 minute rest in-between to open up legs

MS: Building Endurance today! Once warmed up, ride in your ENDURANCE zone (L2 Power/L2 HR/2-3 RPE) over flat to rolling terrain. Focus on staying relaxed on the bike and spinning circles while keeping cadence between 90-100. During the last hour of the ride complete one 45 minute TEMPO effort (L3 Power/L2 HR/3-4 RPE) using a gear that results in a cadence of 75-85. Complete the TEMPO effort as close to the end of the ride as possible while still allowing 10 minutes for warm down.

CD: 10 Minutes of easy spinning

Post Workout: Recovery Shake or Bar

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
101.9TSS
Endurance 90 min @ 70% w. 10 x Bursts @ 200%

WU: 10 Minutes working Endurance (L2 Power/ L2 HR/ 2-3 RPE) with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs

MS: Today is simple, ride prescribed time in the Endurance Zone (L2 Power / L2 HR / 2-3 RPE). To build and maintain strength, try to complete 10 "Attack Sprints" of 15 - 25 seconds at 200% of FTP (Maximal RPE). Pick a variety of terrains; short climbs, long flats, downhill.... Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.

Sample Day 4
0:30:00
26.7TSS
CX Run "Brick"

Immediately following bike workout, run at a steady pace for prescribed time. This should be done on grass and in cyclo-cross shoes or sneakers.

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
49.6TSS
Pre - Race Short (Opt. A)

Option A

WU: 15 Minutes in the Endurance (Power or HR Zone 2, 1-2 RPE). Get in 2 or 3 fast pedals of about 1 minute each.

MS: Prerace effort is about opening up the legs and keeping the lactate processing plant sharp. As part of the 30 min main set do 3 x 90 seconds “Hard Effort” (120% of FTP, Power/HR Zone 5 or 6-7 RPE), rest for 5 minutes in-between. Focus on tomorrow’s race during effort, breath deep and pedal smooth.

CD: 15 minutes easy pedaling

Dan Backhausen
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1969

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