Ok.. two weeks into MY CX season (I missed the first race due to work) and I am suffering!
I spent all summer riding 3000+ miles and training quite hard (or so I thought).
Towards the end of the summer I raced a few road races and they straight up kicked my ass. I realized that a hammerfest with buddies a few times a week is still not the high octane cardio abuse you need to submit to to be a fast racer. Especially in CX where you are at Red Line for the whole race.
I’m now jumping into a hard training routine of puking off your bike intervals and some good MTB/CX training rides 4 days a week, with 2 recovery days thrown in the mix. I don;t care about making the podium, I just want to finish and feel like I was STRONG!
Two weeks ago I felt pretty good, but not amazing. This past week (race #3 of the NEOCX series) it was LONG, hilly and muddy and it kicked me in the ass hard. Lap 3 literally told me… “Steve, you need more cardio, I am kicking your ass hard, and if you actually finish this race, I may give you 1 ounce of respect”.
SO off to train I go!
See you in the cold and the mud at ALL of the NEOCX races!
A few pics of me suffering!
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