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So, does full cross season=road burnout?(5 posts)

So, does full cross season=road burnout?philippec
Aug 7, 2003 7:43 AM
I've usually done a few cross races in the begining of each season and then hunkered down for some serious road training by Jan/Feb. The thing is my team has a good 'cross squad and has a good cyclocross reputation thus my coach is putting the pressure on to do a full cross season. I want to race well (on the road) by March-February and be in peak form for some stage races in June. Will racing a full cross season through Feb. burn me out or should I give in to the coach? Please, if any roadies out there have gone through this, tell me what you think.

By "full cross season", I mean a race every Sunday from October to Feb.



re: So, does full cross season=road burnout?p lo
Aug 7, 2003 9:35 AM
i don't think you will have a problem. but our seasons are shorter here in colorado. cross is from the last weekend in september thru the 1st weekend in december. the road season doesn't get going until april and is over mid august. my advice might not be that reliable though, as i am pretty laid back at the start of road season.....

where do you live? that is a long cross season. i love cross and would sacrifice road for a longer cross season any day
re: So, does full cross season=road burnout?philippec
Aug 7, 2003 10:42 AM
I live just outside of Paris (France). And it is a long season given that the first road races are in early March.


Cross = antidote for road burnout (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 7, 2003 11:14 AM
But does full road season = cross burnout?triangleforge
Aug 7, 2003 11:33 AM
To answer your serious question, it probably will be hard to do both, though it obviously depends a lot on your mental & physical makeup. It also depends on what your deal is with coach, sponsors, etc.

If you're serious about being at top form for those March races, it's probably best to spectate at those January/February races. Another option might be to take a break now and rebuild for the middle/late cross season, using those early cross races as training and keep building straight through the early road season. It would be hard for me to keep that going through late June, however.

It's a tough one!