Based in the UK, our CX season runs from Sept to mid-Jan.
I’m curious to see if anyone has planned/adjusted their training to cater for the different conditions as the season progresses.
IMO (unless we have un-seasonable weather) it feels like the start of the season is more about consistent power (threshold?) because the ground is good enough to ride continuously. From around November onwards it feels a lot more on/off the (VO2 max?) power because the conditions make it difficult to ride consistently. There’s also more dismounts/re-mounts as the courses get muddier.
Looking back over last season (unfortunately I don’t have a power meter on my CX bike) I thought my HR data would support the above. It doesn’t! Even though conditions very much changed, I’m pretty much working at threshold the entire race. I thought I’d see a lot more VO2 max towards the end of the season.
Aside from that - has anyone tailored their CX training (I’m thinking more threshold vs VO2 max leading into the season) to take into account the change in conditions throughout the season?
Also interested to see if anyone has tailored their strength and conditioning work leading up to and during the season? In my mind, I have 2 x 6 week blocks before season start and I’d like to make these as productive on and off the bike as possible leading into my 3rd CX season.