The Cyclocross Workout Of The Day for Sunday, 7.24.16. “Day 21”

Howdy folks,

So… today was the final day of the Tour DAY France, to quote (ugh) Bob Roll.



Go Gorilla, Go!


Which means I’ve been doing a whole bunch of nothing, other than watching the race. And the podium ceremony. And the F-1 race that I recorded earlier this morning.

At some point this afternoon, I’m going to head out for a ride.


Thank goodness for long summer days!


“Gee” I hear you saying to yourself “Thanks for sharing, but what the hell does that have to do with a cyclocross workout?”

Well, let me see if I can somehow wrangle a post out of this display of laziness…

Laziness! Let’s go with that!

I’m feeling kinda lazy today.

And I’m OK with that. I’m OK with it because I know that there are going to be a whole bunch of rainy, crappy, cold days this winter where all I want to do is stay inside and eat soup and drink brown beverages, and I’m going to force my ass out the door and onto the bike, so I can put in the work necessary to have a good CX season.

How do I keep that motivation going through a whole long damn season?
I give myself license to take the occasional break throughout the year.

I’m in the middle of one of them right now.

Frankly, this hasn’t been entirely by choice. I’m in the process of moving, and – if you’ve done this yourself – you know that it can be an all-consuming task that takes way, way, more time that any logical analysis would suggest. Not a lot of time to ride when the move is combined with work, and little things like cranking out blog posts on the regular.

So, by default, time for a little break.

Turns out, though, this just happens to be a pretty good time in the season to take a break between the road season and the cross season. It just happens to be the very time that some of my training clients who focus on CX are taking the breaks that we scheduled into their plans at the beginning of the year.


Funny how that works.

Unless you’re an absolute mutant, you simply can’t do an entire road (or Mtb) season, and then roll into a full cyclocross season, and perform at your best without taking a break.

You can fake it and do OK, but you can’t be at your best without some kind of a break, and I submit that eventually not taking a break will catch up with you in a bad way. Think chronic fatigue, injury… things like that.

Bad things, right?

Things we’d all like to avoid, right?


So, if you’ve been racing all season, getting after it week in and week out since the spring, at some point in the next month, embrace your inner laziness and take a week off.

It’ll be good for you in the long run.


Hell, just go ride your bike.

Have fun!





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~ by crosssports on July 24, 2016.

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