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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 06-30-09, 04:51 PM   #1
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When do you start running?

OK, so I'm itching for cyclocross season already.

For those of you who do some running to train for CX races, when do you start your running program?

I dove in blind last season, thinking that my general biking mileage was going to be enough to carry be and I found myself woefully unprepared. So this year, I'm going to do a bit of prep work, including running. I started yesterday (first race is Sept. 12).

Just curious as to what other people do.
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I'm trying to run now and some interval training. I've stopped doing long rides and focused on 1 hour training sessions on grass.
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Last year I did a century two weeks before my first race. Huge mistake!
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Wait, how did that affect your riding two weeks later?
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Well, I couldn't tell you the physiology of it, but by the third lap one of the volunteers on the course was pushing me up a hill. It wasn't pretty.
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I usually start running after going to a race with a runup that kicks my ass.
Ideally, I'd probably start running about 3 weeks before the first race of the season.
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I run year round, but for cross this year I'm planning on doing some workouts that are a mile at AT pace (around 6:30) followed by a sprint/interval up a medium length hill. I'll try and let you know how it works.
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is training necessary if i'm just going to do 2/3 races for fun? i do a lot of road riding, so that might help a little and going to put my mtb back together for some off road training
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is training necessary if i'm just going to do 2/3 races for fun? i do a lot of road riding, so that might help a little and going to put my mtb back together for some off road training
It depends on how well you want to do and how fast you already are. It's not necessary if you're just going for fun.
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is training necessary if i'm just going to do 2/3 races for fun? i do a lot of road riding, so that might help a little and going to put my mtb back together for some off road training
It depends on how bad you're willing to do. My first race last year, everyone else who finished beat me by a full lap, including one guy who rode past me with a flat tire in the last 100 yards. But I had A LOT of fun at every race. By the end of the season, I finished 109th out of 122 finishers in one race.

This year I want to finish in the top 75 at least once.
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