Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes: 80s Rodriguez handmade lugged steel road, 1996 Bianchi Reparto Corse cyclocross, 1982 Cyclepro mountain bike, Xtracycle
Good ideas everyone, thanks! Kopsis that sounds like a great regimen, I probably wouldn't be to pull that off every week, but something to aim for. I have a job, family etc.
Richar and Flargle, great points. I've gone on some group rides, including a grueling 63 mile hilly one a couple weeks ago. I was wiped by the end but kept up and did my share of the pulls. I should try to find something regular. Just this week I went out with a 34 miler with neighbor who's quite serious and I think I'll be able to ride with him once a week or so. He's on a LBS team and races on the road as well as cross. There's a neighborhood weeknight crit series that he encouraged me to try, it doesn't start for a few months, but they have a few nights where they do a pre-race clinic right before the beginner's cat race so that seems non-intimidating enough for me to give a try. He said some more serious racers treat it as training so that sounds like about my speed (haha) to start with. Yep Criterium racing seems pretty similar to cross in terms of duration and intensity. (i.e. short and fricken exhausting!) Plus I'm goal and target oriented, so having something to train for and put on the calendar is helpful..
Fietsbob, thanks for the recommendation, I'll look into that book. I need to work on my remount for sure, but mainly I'm going to be on the road working on my power and endurance. I want to be able to crush that last lap come the fall races! As summer and the season approaches I'll start working on cross specific technique.