The Workout Of The Day for Wednesday, 12.1.10 – “Forming up”
Holy crap! It’s December!
One week to go until Nationals!
That means that the workout for today is a little bit different than the usual Wednesday Cyclocross Skills Workout.
You’re only doing skills work today if there’s something you absolutely need to work on, or if you have some new equipment you need to ride the wrinkles out of before Nationals.
If you fit in one of those two categories, go out and do what you need to today.
Solve whatever skills-related problem is throwing a monkey wrench in things…
…or break in those fancy new tires.
Not sound like you?
Today you’re doing..
Form Sprints –
Warm up well.
Find a long, flat section of road with little to no traffic.
Get a rolling start; you aren’t going fast, just gently spinning.
Stand up and sprint.
You’re going to sprint hard, but in a slightly smaller than comfortable gear.
Go until you are spun out, then…
Accelerate again, seated, spinning the same gear selection even faster.
Go until you are totally spun out.
Sit up, and roll back down to a conversational pace.
That’s one rep.
You’re doing sets of 5.
3 sets is probably enough for most all ya’all.
2-5 minutes rest between sets.
These are called Form Sprints for a reason. You’re doing them in a smaller gear than you would normally sprint in, and you are concentrating on your form.
Pay attention to all the little things your body does in a sprint, and work to maximize your efficiency and control.
Keep it smooth. Think fast, fluid, and supple throughout the pedal stroke.