We’re about a month into CX here in CO and I had a pretty solid road season. Finished the crit season strong at Gateway Cup in St. Louis. But, with all of that, I sadly quit doing long endurance rides and by long I mean 90 min to 2 hours.
CX is here and while my :30 to 2/3 min power is great, my stamina is horrible and by lap four or five I’m not really giving it on the flats/slight uphills but still hammering/passing people in the power sections and run-ups.
I’m also doing the CX speciality mid volume plan, but races on the weekends I tend to not do those workouts because of the races or do one or not the other.
So my question is - would taking two weeks off of racing and fully concentrating on the plan for those two weeks help make up some of my fitness? Should I squeeze in some endurance stuff as well? I feel I’m fit enough - have been racing CX/road/XC for a few years, that I could go do a long endurance ride and feel fine - I know it has benefits. I also just finished building a small mock cx practice loop at my house to help on those days to practice skills.
I’m a cat 3 who is probably back of the mid pack currently. Should I mix in more sweet spot too?