My plan is to start the CX specialty plan in mid August. Just finished SSB2 LV. I’m a mid pack Cat 5 racer, but I’ve seen a tremendous improvement in FTP this year with TR and think I can do much better this year. (219 FTP, 3.3 w/kg). I’m 46 and just started racing 2 years ago.
I’m the fence between general build and short power build. Short power seems to line up better with the demands of cross, but I still think I need to improve my overall fitness / capabilities and I enjoy the occasional fast group ride. I also respond well to sweet spot and threshold work.
What’s been your experience been going into CX season using either the general build or short power build plan? Does the short power build plan provide that much more of an advantage over the general build plan? If you did the general build before CX, did you feel unprepared going into the specialty phase.
Thanks for the feedback/insight.