I just finished reading both "The Cyclists Training Bible" and "The Time Crunched Cyclist" to help me train more efficiently next year. The things I learned from these books are:
--scheduling workouts will make riding my bike less fun
--I want a power meter but my wife won't let me buy one
--it is not possible to be the best racer all year long
--I want to win races
Ok, so I learned a lot more than that but I still need your assistance to help me understand my "weakness". I have competed in 14 cx races this season and have no trouble attaining the "holeshot" even if I start in the second row. I usually finish the first lap in the top 5 or 6 places and feel great but then I hit a wall and watch as the cyclists pass by me effortlessly. I usually finish in the top 25-50% of the racers (as opposed to my early season tactic of starting slower and finishing towards the back).
WHY can't I sustain a hard effort for more than a few minutes? What is my "weak link"? I spent the entire summer riding in long fast group rides with minimal high intensity workouts which apparantly hasn't worked for me so I need to to get more organized with my training.