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training- how much intensity- how much endurance?(6 posts)

training- how much intensity- how much endurance?richpierce
Oct 23, 2003 8:25 AM
Just wonder what you guys are doing. We have a cross practice Wednesday after work. We do a bunch of barrier repeats, working skills like that, some bunny hopping skills, do a few warmup laps of a relatively short but fun course (about a mile), then we have a simulated "race" of 3 laps. Play around some more, practice skills, then 5 "hot laps" as a simulated race. Then we play some more and go home. Whole thing is about an hour and a half.

That and recovery rides and racing weekends is about all I'm going to be doing. No endurance work. How about you?
My un-scientific $.02skateparks
Oct 23, 2003 8:49 AM
I spend all Spring/Summer getting my endurance. I spend the Fall doing leisurely rides (generally long, weekends only) and working on my 45 minute bursts, dealing with the heart rate. In my opinion, there is little that you can do for your endurance at this point (assuming you are in a Winter climate like me) but you can train your body to work harder for the short hall, 30-45 minutes.

It's funny, we spend the Fall doing races that are shorter than our warm ups for XC MTB season. I guess that's why it's so fun. From the sounds of it, your "practice" is what I wish we had the light to do here after work, it's dark at 6:00 now.

Hope this helps,
My un-scientific $.02atpjunkie
Oct 23, 2003 12:36 PM
most base/ endurance should be done in the spring/summer. for cx season do more LTR training and get the heart ready for sustained high rate abuse
re: training- how much intensity- how much endurance?dlbcx
Oct 23, 2003 10:13 PM
Did most of the endurance work up until August then gradually switched over to more quality workouts, both running and riding. For running, I just go to the local park and go up the steepest grade for 30 seconds, cough up a lung then go back down for another repeat.
Agree, all about intensity and POWER....Spunout
Oct 24, 2003 4:00 AM
My first cross season this fall, I have a full road season behind me. Nothing can prepare me for cross!

I noticed that my nice supple power and leg speed means SQUAT when there is a barrier in front of me. Cross is about grit, pain, and fun. My training is mostly technical, and spinning for recovery, and some hill running(five repeats) to increase strength(prevent injury) in my legs.

Cross is so much more fun to race than to train for. With a 9 month road season behind me, I don't want to train anymore, so bring on the fun!
Agree, all about intensity and POWER....dlbcx
Oct 24, 2003 7:13 AM
That's the idea, to have fun! I guess the real endurance factor is how much pain can you endure. And you can't train for that, only racing will bring out that aspect.