Excellent suggestion - thanks! Stay tuned but here is an excerpt:
First and foremost you want to continue to prepare as if the season were happening for 2 reasons. #1 for your cyclocross development from a skills perspective (those 10,000 hours) and #2 from a power development standpoint. All the work you do this year will make you better for next year.
You won’t hit 10,000 hours this year but you can chip away at it for sure and this includes:
Dismounts and remounts
And Bunny hops to name a few
That said by all means have fun with the cx skills training - take the bunny hop challenge to teach yourself how and then how to hop smoother and higher. Coach Brandon has a great how to video on our youtube channel even if you’ve never tried. Guess what: this Summer and Fall is your chance!
Take your CX bike mountain biking! Singletrack that is easier on your mtb may be slightly more challenging on your cross rig but really really good bike handling skills practice.
Set up your 4-6 minute cx course and a strava segment for a lap and race yourself for 4-5 laps. Use cones, logs, portable barriers, sand pits, stairs, ditches, trees, dirt, grass, pavement - you name it , pretend you are a cyclocross promoter. After you’ve ripped the course and established your Strava PR - see if you can ride it faster not by riding with more watts but from carrying more speed out the the corners and executing your skills smoother. Smoother is faster.
You can also put a governor on yourself with a max heart rate of 150bpm and plan a game to go as fast as you can but not higher than 150bpm. This forces you to concentrate on being smoother in order to gain time as opposed to the habit of throwing down big watts.
With regards to our cyclocross training plans you still want to follow the order and progression we’ve talked about in the past:
Cyclocross Summer Sweet Spot
Six Weeks till Cyclocross
Six Weeks to Peak
For the first three - I recommend being diligent with FtFP’ing those. Once you get into October you’ll have to get creative. You never know there may be small grassroot tt style challenges so stay sharp to be ready to race!