I've resolved to try CX this coming year, and am currently building up a nice Surly frame for it with 105 level stuff so I won't cry when I break things. I'm an experienced runner/duathlete, lots of individual cycling but no crits in my background. I want to train to the point where I don't make an ass of myself on my first few races. I know I need to work on the transitions (or whatever they call it in CX) and probably lots more high-effort (anaerobic) running/cycling than endurance. I was hoping there's a good title out there of a book for CX training, geared towards newbys but not total freds (I don't need explanations of how to use clipless pedals).
If not a book, maybe a good DVD with visual descriptions of what the dismount/mount sequence should look like? Do I need to practice any other technical skills? I'm totally open to any training/reading suggestions as far as what I should concentrate on besides miles and hills.
Thanks in advance...I'm pretty stoked to get into this sport. I appreciate any experienced riders providing their wisdom.