The Cyclocross Workout Of The Day for Saturday, 7.30.16. “Dire Straits”

Howdy folks,

Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday! This is the final weekend of moving house for me, and I need to be completely out of the place I’ve lived in for almost 15 years by the end of the day tomorrow.

I bet you can imagine just what a pain in the ass this is. There sure hasn’t been much bike riding going on. Yesterday was just about the nicest day we’ve had in Seattle all year, and the best I could do was grab a few minutes on the trainer to spin my legs out so that they felt just slightly less wooden after a morning of moving boxes.


Hopefully you’re not finding yourself in similar straits…


…and you’ll actually be able to get out and ride today.

What should you do for a ride today/this weekend?

Well, you’ve got options!

Go Race!

Got a good road race, crit, or Mtb. event going on locally this weekend? Maybe an event at the local Velodrome?

Give one of ‘em a shot.

Good fun, and good training.

Ride hard, ride fast, have a blast.

Nothing on the local race calendar that’s appealing? Want to take advantage of the hot weather that we’re having all over the country

Maybe go for a…

Hard Group Ride…

3, 4, 5 hours… whatever is pushing things just a skosh past what you could/would do riding by yourself.

Try to ride a bit over your head.

Either ride with a group of riders that are just slightly better than you – and ride defensively – or push the tempo at the front with a group that you’re comfortable in.

The idea is to ride just outside your comfort zone all day.

Push your limits.

Try not to pay to much attention to your power meter or heart rate monitor, just ride hard.

Does all that sound like it’s just a little bit too much right now?
No problem.

Something more sensible is probably… well, way more sensible.

Be the smart one in the group, and go for a…

One to Two Hour Moderate Ride –

Get on your bike.

Go ride for an hour or two.

No hard efforts, but do throw in a couple of moderate ones. By moderate, I mean just that. You can sprint for the town line, but you should be laughing while you do it.

You’re not doing a recovery spin, so you need to put a little bit of gas into the pedals… just don’t go out and kill yourself.

Check out the view, smell the flowers, just do it while you’re putting a little bit of effort into the pedals.

1 notch above a recovery ride.

Make sense?

Have fun!



~ by crosssports on July 30, 2016.

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