I’m seriously looking at your CX training plans, but have some questions that I really hope you don’t mind me asking first - I’ll keep them as brief as possible as I’m sure you are really busy.
A little background: I live in the UK and am a cat 3 road / top 5 local TT / top 10 regional CX league rider. My 1 hour FTP is currently around 300w. I didn’t start racing road / TT this year till end of May (following Jan off / Feb - April base / April - May build) as I would like to race CX till end Jan as per our calendar over here, so am currently still fresh and motivated
So the questions:
I still have a few RRs / crits / TTs left before CX season begins - basically one race per weekend. Nothing too important though I’m keen to ride them as I feel like I’ve had so little racing this year (and need to justify owning my TT bike!) but can happily treat them as C races; but can they be incorporated into my training plan? I’m happy to buy the coaching subscription if necessary if that’s the way to work this in.
Assuming that’s all good then we are good to go, in which case I’m wondering if you’d agree with the following strategy and which options you’d recommend:
nb I have an A race - a regional champs TT - on 11th Aug so will be doing a 2 week taper into that, but thereafter…
Mid Aug for 6 weeks: Six Weeks Till Cyclocross (my first CX race is mid Sept) OR CX Intervals
Endish Sept for 6 weeks: CX Intervals OR Race and Recover
Start Nov: Six Weeks to Peak for Nationals
OR would the Secret Training Plan work better for me given that I’ll be coming into it already with a few months over unders / Vo2 max etc work in my legs?
Again, I genuinely hope you don’t mind the questions - I’m finding it an initially tricky call to make especially as from what I can see on your website all your plans look so good it’s hard to determine what’s best!!! Pretty soon I hope to win the lottery / get promoted in work / have a divorce so I have the income to actually hire you as a coach, but till then I am hoping to make a plan work and am really excited about giving it a go.