The Cyclocross Workout Of The Day for Saturday, 8.27.16. “Sventurday”

Howdy folks,

Happy Saturday to you!

If you’re in the Seattle area, there’s a decent chance that you’re racing today at the…




Ok. I’ll admit it. I think it’s way to damn early in the season to be racing CX, but If you’re going to do it, this is as good an excuse as you’re going to get.

I won’t be racing, but I’ll be out watching (at some point during the proceedings!) Hope to see you there.

So, if you’re racing today, have fun. Race hard. Ish.


Do yourself a favor and don’t get too wrapped up in the results at an early (pre?) season event.

It’s a practice race.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t trying to do as well as you can. Any race you’re in is a race you should be trying to win, if you have a chance.

It does mean that in your mind, you’re drawing a distinction between the importance of an event one does for the experience of doing it, and an event one does with the hope and expectation of a result.

Might not sound like much, but it’s important.

Something to think about, at least.


What’s that you say?

No racing today?

Okey doke, onward!

As promised, we’re going to begin to shift our weekend focus towards more CX specificity, and today that means we’re doing…


Sventervals – 

Sometimes a picture (or a video) is worth a thousand words.

Just like in the video.

Really darn short – 10 seconds max – full gas hill sprints, ideally on pretty technical terrain.

5 sets of 5 for today (you’ll build up to more) and notice how hard Sven is breathing after these?

That’s the idea.

Hit it hard. Really hard. These are super short, and super intense, but even though you’re giving them everything you’ve got, the idea is to do them on terrain that self-limits what you can do.

Can’t get up the hill anymore?

You’re done.

Have fun,



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~ by crosssports on August 27, 2016.

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