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Old 09-13-12, 09:32 PM
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Coming out of road season, Iíve usually got a good base, and after my last road race I keep with my same training routine but swap my LT interval and climbing workouts for my crossí-specific workouts which usually involves a 45-minute ride on a nearby hiking/mountain biking trail followed by drills in the park at the trail-head. Other park users seem to look at the skinny dork in spandex doing figure eights around adjacent trees, hopping on and off his bike and then putting it on his shoulder and jumping over picnic tables as if they are expecting an alien to burst out of my chest any second.

When Iím out training on the roads or practicing the course for the local 24-hour mountain bike race, I see other racers everywhere, but I never see other cross bikes on the trails, or people in the parks practicing crossí skills like I do. There are usually good turnouts at the races in the local series, and there are plenty of people who are better than I am, so it isnít as if Iím the only person in town training for cross'. Why do I feel as if there must be some secret underground cyclocross training courses I donít know about? Where do all you train?
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My backyard. I also have a HUGE grassy area next door WITH a grassy drainage ditch. I can ride off camber to my hearts delight.

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My backyard. I also have a HUGE grassy area next door WITH a grassy drainage ditch. I can ride off camber to my hearts delight.
Wow, you do have secret training courses. My yard isn't big enough for that... guess I'll just keep riding my trail and making a spectacle of myself at the neighborhood park.
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Old 09-13-12, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Debusama
Wow, you do have secret training courses. My yard isn't big enough for that... guess I'll just keep riding my trail and making a spectacle of myself at the neighborhood park.
Very nice. My yard is smaller than it looks. Makes working on 180's easier.
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You just need to find them. I help lead a Th night practice that my shop has been doing for years. I started a facebook group last year & that has really helped getting the word out. Usually have 10 experienced riders show up each practice. Create your own scene I say.
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Last year I rode the cross bike often at Riverside especially the course at 7 mile. This year since I work nights I can't get out there as much as I would like. So I've been hitting dirt roads and practice my cross skills at the local high school on the weekends. Looks to be a good series this year and I will try to ride most of them. Hope to improve on last years performance which I was happy with how the races turned out. This season I'm 5lbs lighter and just feel faster so we'll see how it goes.
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Originally Posted by stevemtbr
Last year I rode the cross bike often at Riverside especially the course at 7 mile. This year since I work nights I can't get out there as much as I would like. So I've been hitting dirt roads and practice my cross skills at the local high school on the weekends. Looks to be a good series this year and I will try to ride most of them. Hope to improve on last years performance which I was happy with how the races turned out. This season I'm 5lbs lighter and just feel faster so we'll see how it goes.
Well, I'm glad I'M not the only one doing this in Spokane. Good luck with your races this year.
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