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The Cyclocross Workout Of The Day for Monday, 10.6.14. “Superprestigious”

Howdy folks,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, and had some fun out at the races… if you were racing!

Speaking of racing, did you see yesterday’s Superprestige race?

Ho-lee-cow!

What a race!

Not only was this a coronation of the next great cyclocross star to arrive on the Elite stage, it was a great study in contrasting approaches to racing, and in overcoming adversity on the way to race day success.

Nys completely botches his start, in absolutely astounding fashion?

No big deal, he just stays calm and rides his way back up to the front.

VdP drops his chain in a mishap at what sure looks like crunch time?

NBD, he just waits for the Nys train to arrive, and then uses that as a springboard to bridge up to…

…VdH, who looks to have this thing won, only to have no gas left when that final bridge move happens. He can’t respond at all when…

VdP puts on an absolute clinic in the sand on the last lap, riding with incredible efficiency and economy to dispatch the man no one ever wants to sprint against at the end of a Cross race, before it can get to that point.

There’s so damn much good stuff in this race to learn from, you’d be crazy not to watch it a couple of times, gleaning little bits and pieces from the display of skill and tenacity the riders gave us on Sunday.

So, hey… don’t be crazy.

Watch that vid, ok? We’ll probably talk a little bit more about it over the next few days…

******

Hey! It’s Monday!

I bet you’re pretty dang tired.

Ready for a…

Recovery Spin –

– Get on your bike. Roll out into the street, and just spin around for an hour.

– Really small gear, no hard efforts – heck, no medium effort.

– Spin. You’re looking to move your legs around in circles, almost like there is no chain on the bike.

– The idea is to get your body moving, flush the systems out, and speed your recovery.

– Just get out on the road and spin aimlessly. At a certain point, your legs suddenly feel better.

– As soon as that happens, turn around, go home, eat, stretch, and put your legs up.

If you can manage it, today would be a great day to get a massage, see your physio/chiro/acupuncturist/whatever.

Put as much thought & work into your recovery as you do into your training, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much it pays off!

Enjoy!

M

 

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~ by crosssports on October 6, 2014.

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