No, really… we’re back. Like for realz…

Howdy folks,

I got an email from a training client this morning, and he pointed out something that I already knew (Man, I BETTER have known it if I’m coaching him, eh?)

Cross racing starts in 7 weeks.


I guess that means it’s time to start training.

Or thinking about training.

Or something like that.

First, though… seven weeks? That’s kinda’ nuts.




Had to get that out of my system.

Let’s talk about training.

Today’s kinda/sorta Workout Of The Day is…

Right Now…

If you’ve been riding or racing your road bike or your mountain bike all season, I’m guessing you’ve probably got a fair bit of mileage in the tank right now.

You’re probably pretty fit and fast right now.

Hey… how fit are you right now?

You know what? If you’re hoping to be fast in November, December, January fer chrissakes… you may well be too fit & fast right now.

Heck, if you’ve been hitting it hard, and you’re really committed to cross, you might want to think about taking a little break right now.

Like, Right Now.

Don’t wait too long. Some folks that I work with directly have already taken some time off, or are in the middle of it (right now.)

What do I mean by this?

When was the last time you had a full week without racing or hard riding, and just gave yourself a chance to recover and chill out?

If it’s been a while, now’s the time.

Right now.

Just chill the rest of this week.

No hard training.

Spend some time with your family, your friends (you’ve still got those, right?!)


Get some rest in the tank so that you can start training hard.

‘Cause trust me, you’re going to.


How’s that for a first workout, eh? “Take some time off.”
Thanks a lot, dude.

All right, fine… here’s something else for you…

Try to get on your cross bike this week.

If not today, make it sometime in the next couple of days.

Just get back on your ride, and take it for a spin.

You probably haven’t ridden it for a while, and now’s the time to start getting your body used to the bike you’re going to spend all winter on.

While you’re at it, make a checklist of the things you’re going to need to fix or want to improve on that bike before you start racing.

Need new tires? Need new brakes? Heck, need a whole new bike?

Start thinking about those things now.

Get yourself ahead of the line that forms when the season gets really close and the suppliers start selling out of the one thing that you desperately need to make your bike rideable.

Hey, what the heck… make a similar checklist for yourself.

What do you need to fix about yourself  before the season begins.

That’s where the real gains are to be made…


…tomorrow we talk a little bit about a little bit of running. Welcome back!

~ by crosssports on July 16, 2013.

9 Responses to “No, really… we’re back. Like for realz…”

  1. So very glad you’re posting again.

  2. Well hello there. Like the first workout very much. Glad to see you’re back.

  3. […] No, really… we’re back. Like for realz… ( […]

  4. […] Hey… if you didn’t see it, take a gander at yesterday’s post. The best thing that you can do for your cross season right now might just be a whole bunch of not much. We talked about that here… […]

  5. Only did two soft rides ~5 miles on FSR’s this week, then two days off and I feel like I lost the spring in my step. Don’t like the feeling when my legs get loose. I want to run up and down some stairs or something! But I do need to paint the hull of my boat so perhaps I’ll heed this and chill next week. I’m pounding it for the next four days though. At least 14/day and some rolling single track for good measure.

    • Chilling and painting for a week (or most of one!) sounds good to me. It’s super hard to pace yourself, and plan for the long season ahead, but it pays off in the end, believe me!


  6. […] If you’ve been reading along with the posts this week, you know that I started things off by telling you that it might just be a good idea to take some time off. […]

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