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The Cyclocross Workout Of The Day for Sunday, 12.21.14. “Suuundaaaaaay!”

Howdy folks,

Sunday, Sunday, Suuuundaaaaay!

Ready to get some work in?

First, check out yesterday’s post. If you didn’t tackle that workout yesterday, it’d be a pretty darn good way to go today.

Heck, the workout we did last Sunday would also be pretty on point right now.

As we discussed yesterday, getting some good hard miles in this weekend is the prescription for most folks who are hoping to do Nationals, and both of the above will certainly accomplish that!

If you’re stuck on the trainer today (and the weather being what it is in Seattle right now, I know some of you are…) maybe challenge yourself with a…

Three by Twenty – 

Yup. Three. 

It’s just like a 2×20, but one more.

Oh crap.

Pretty simply, the 2×20 looks like this:

– Warm up.

– Go as hard as you can for 20 minutes.

– Recover for 5 minutes.

– Go again for another 20 minutes.

That’s the basic version. Success on this is,  however,  all in the details.

And you aren’t just doing two intervals, you’re doing three.

Crap.

First of all, warm up.

No, seriously. Don’t just hop on the bike and blast one out.

Warming up makes a difference, especially if you’re doing this as a test session.

You don’t need to do anything super hard or super involved, just make sure the legs are up and running before you kick off the workout proper.

Spin for a bit, blast a couple of 30 second to 2 minute efforts off pretty hard, spin a bit more, then go for it.

When you do go for it, really go for it.

But in a controlled sort of way.

The idea here is to go as hard as you can for the duration of both intervals without being forced to go easier at the end of the second interval.  If you run out of gas before you finish the second interval, you went to hard. If your vision isn’t blurry at the end of the second interval, you went too easy.

If you’re doing this with a powermeter, you want your wattage output to be as close to constant as possible. How constant?

Can you keep it in a 10 watt range?

Probably not.

15 watts?

More likely

20 watts?

Try.

Keep it steady.

These take practice to do well, and the better you get, the harder they get (you’re welcome.) This is a workout that’s a natural for the turbo trainer, and that’s how I do ‘em.

This is a good thing, because I always wind up flat on my back on the floor trying not to puke after the 2nd interval.

I’m really not kidding about the blurry vision thing. You should aspire to seeing-spots level of output on these.

 If you can learn to push through your limits, really push, you will get better and you will get better fast.

It’ll be painful, though.

I promise.

Have fun!

M

 

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~ by crosssports on December 21, 2014.

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