Elite/Expert/Advanced (A) Cat 1/2/3 12 Week Cyclocross Program Heartrate

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:05
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:05
Training Load By Week

This program is designed for the Advanced Cyclocross racer looking for thier best Cyclocross season. This program provides a 12 week build through the 'Cross season with plenty of flexibility for racing on the weekends. This program is based on Heartrate and maximizes the athletes time with an average of 8-12 hrs per week.

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
Cyclo-cross starts

On various surfaces. Practice race starts. Get clipped in and go for 6 x 30-60 sec all out. 5 min recoveries between efforts.

Sample Day 2
0:15:00
Short Jog 2 min

Walk 5 min, Jog 2 min easy HR should be Z-2 or less, Walk 5 min.

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
Cyclocross Skills

On cross bike practice skills: mount/dismount, barriers, run-ups, trails...etc. Keep HR zone 3 or lower. Skills not effort today.

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
Sweet Spot

BT: Warmup well then do 2 x 20 min at the top end of your Z-3 and bottom end of your Z-4 HR (5-minute recoveries). Add in 5 x 1 min fast pedaling efforts in a very light gear at 120 rpm (1 min rest) Smooth pedaling. 80-90 rpm.

Sample Day 4
0:15:00
Short Jog 4 min

Walk 5 min, Jog 4 min easy HR should be Z-2 or less, Walk 5 min.

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
Easy ride

Ride in 1-2 zone, mostly 1 zone. Flat course. Low effort--light on pedals. Comfortably high rpm.

Sample Day 6
1:30:00
Hill ride-long climbs

BT: Hilly course with long climbs. Stay in the heart rate 2-4 zones on hills. No anaerobic. Do not force the effort on hills. Hold back some on climbs. Mostly seated on climbs.