With no racing, I picked up the Strava cross program for this year and am really enjoying it! So much so that I also grabbed the 24 week off season cross plan to start in January. I’m a bit confused as to why the cross plan has strength training stop so soon? In my 40s and am told the need for consistent strength training is more important as I age. Seems that cutting it out so far away from season starting is doing just the opposite. I dabble in a few gravel events over spring/summer, but really just care about cross in the fall. I am sure there is a reason for it, but I’m a bit unclear as to why strength stops so soon. Thanks!
Frank and Jackson answer why to this in the latest podcast “Weight Lifting for Cycling”
Hi there @jesse.hawk - why are you confused? The off season cx plan has the traditional 10 weeks of weights.
Will have a listen, thanks!
I interpreted the part of his question you quoted to be “why don’t we lift longer than the X weeks called out for in the plan?”
I could be wrong…
Correct, just seems that some strength work March-sept would be beneficial.
the off season cx plan is meant to be followed Jan - May, not now … that may be part of the confusion…
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10 weeks is ALL the strength training you need. Remember you are a bike racer not a weight lifter and its a matter of how your time is best spent training with the time you do have each day.
Will FtFP starting in Jan with plans to start cross season bundle after. Thanks for the responses!