Angel: base miles Devil:CYCLOCROSS who should I listen to?
October 10, 2008 1:01 PM Subscribe
The angel sitting on my right shoulder calmly says "base miles base miles base miles." The devil on my left screams CYCLOCROSS!! Can I keep both of them happy?
posted by neilkod to sports, hobbies, & recreation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Over the last few years, I'm showing end-over-end improvement in my cycling. I'm certain that I'll be racing in '09. My goal is to become a better road cyclist/racer. I would also like to lose about 10 lbs.
Another important detail is that as the cycling season draws to a close, I'm pretty fatigued. I think I experienced a second peak in September and am now tapering off a bit.
A friend, who happens to be a very talented, and experienced cyclist says base miles from now until next March are the key to getting faster. No basketball, no mountain bike rides, no nothing except base miles. He says that any strenuous work is damaging my muscles and that I should be focused on building type I muscle for speed and endurance.
Another friend, who's a professional coach, says that's an outdated way of thinking and that I should basically be doing what I want.
Obviously, I'd like to work toward my goal of becoming an efficient racer. However, I'd like to enjoy the Oct-Dec months - CX, basketball, etc, and then focus strictly on base miles from january(end of CX season) until March. I don't necessarily mind LSD work, I just throw some music on and am able to lose myself for a few hours.
Can I still improve my aerobic base while suffering through CX races and other sports?
Anyone go through this? I'm willing to make sacrifices in order to become a better racer, but I'd also like to try CX and keep my basketball fitness as well.