's Forum Archives - Cyclo-Cross

Archive Home >> Cyclo-Cross(1 2 3 )

Marathon during CX season(4 posts)

Marathon during CX seasonpauly
Jan 30, 2004 7:48 AM
Starting to put together a list of goals for 2004. I think this is the year I'm going to tackle my first marathon. The one I have circled is in mid-November. CX season starts here in late-Oct. Has anyone done both in the same season? Should I bag the early race(s)? How soon can I get on the bike and be competitive after the marathon? (I use the term competitive liberally, as I am a mid-pack 'C' rider.) Should I bag the whole idea and stick to running up over 18" planks of plywood exclusively?
re: Marathon during CX seasonPT
Jan 30, 2004 8:11 AM
I haven't done both in the same season, but my experience is that you won't get back up to speed either on foot or on a bike for two weeks after the marathon. Furthermore, the amount of running it takes to get ready for a marathon interferes with riding, even if you have infinite training time. It's not too late to start training for a June marathon. I ramp up my running through the winter and into the cold windy spring when there is no more skiing and riding is least pleasant -- perfect for early June foot races...
Agree with PTracerx
Jan 30, 2004 12:51 PM
I too do running road races. It is critical that you prioritize.

A marathon (not to mention the training)could destroy the x-season. I have done them both and have felt it. You may be OK but the chance of becoming injured during either event may put you at risk of losing out on one or both.

Can you find a marathon earlier? Have you been ramping up your mileage like PT so you could compete say in May? Now is the time for building that base, not this spring/summer.

If November is the only option, I suggest you stay low key on the cross until 2 weeks after the marathon.

Agree with PTatpjunkie
Feb 2, 2004 3:35 PM
also training for each is aout opposite ends of the LTR and max Hr zone. Run the Marathon in mid summer, it'll prime your legs for the stair sprints you'll train with during cx season.