Monday, September 24, 2012

Ok-Go: Tilting at Treadmills



The Tosh.0 marathon
A Quioxitic approach to Cyclocross training.

Saratoga Springs may be the August place to be. And if you ask your typical Joey New Jersey walking down Broadway what’s on his mind. The answer for sure will be the trifecta box in the feature. Or the pick six. 

What he will not be speculating upon is how to most efficiently transition between the road cycling season and begin preparation for fall Cyclocross. Ask your Joe Cyclocross what on his mind in August. The answer: running.

When I actually listen to people talking to me, they tell me- “gotta dig out my running shoe and start jogging for ‘cross, ya know, get miles under the legs, and how many miles, and they are slow..." and then my attention span ran out so I forget what the rest of crap they told me. Why do admit to flaking out on my devoted fan-base? Because it doesn’t matter.

During my participation in CycleSmart, Adam Myerson’s Cyclocross clinic last year, the evening session was an in depth look at 'cross training. After a good lecture on cycling/power/life/cross, the discussion opened up to the audience. Now, I’m no stenographer, but I believe it went something like this:
Misty Cyclocross “What should my 10k run splits be for cross?"
Adam “To get faster on your bike, ride your bike more”
Dirk Cyclocross “How many deadlifts should I do for cross?
Adam “To get faster on your bike, ride your bike more”
Bambi Cyclocross “How many yoga sessions should I do for cross?
Adam “To get faster on your bike, ride your bike more”
Billy-Ray Cyclocross “How much faster will PX90 make me for cross?”
Adam “To get faster on your bike, ride your bike more” and this went on for half an hour…



First, Let’s do some math. 6-8 laps per race. Run-up/barriers, about 20 - 40yds. That’s 120 - 480 yards of running. Not miles. From my observation (and own folly) it is less of a Stephen Kiprotich issue and more of a Lolo Jones issue. As we must look good clearing barriers.

Meatballs, ahh the 70s.
We don’t wanna be Spaz, and look good, so I guess we still have to practice.


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