I want to spend as much time as I can on my CX bike putting the power down in grass, sand, and gravel. I’ll be integrating short running repeats up stairs too.
I just tried doing Sassafras in a grass field. It was a complete mess. . Started out using the perimeter of an empty soccer field, got yelled off. Moved it to a forlorn ungroomed field of rough grass and tried to get as many sets done as I could with dogs chasing me twice. I guess the dog walkers around there have a habit of leaving their pets off the leash. 15s hard followed by 15s floating, does not give me a chance to look at my cycling computer, so I ended up just counting the seconds in my head and doing the power by feel. Ended up way overshooting the hard parts and way undershooting the floats. Also I kept losing count of what repeat # and set # I just finished. Haha. Like I said, a complete mess but I came away feeling like it is well worth working on improving the compliance in these adverse conditions.
Anyway, I would love to hear your ideas on how to adapt workouts from CX specialty to the riding conditions that are relevant to cyclocross.