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Old 10-14-20, 02:23 AM
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Hill Repeats For CX Training?

Let me start with this. Where I race cyclocross there are two divisions. I am very much so at the back in the lower division, the front of the race is very fast. I don't race often as I don't have lots of time on the weekends, but I really really love racing and will do it when I can.

In the past for training I've tried 2x20's and while I have a great flat loop to do them, I have a hard time mentally getting through the workout. I'm not great at the mental aspect of training when it comes to riding on flat terrain. I do however enjoy hill repeats. I could do them until my legs fall off. I have one hill that is about an 8-10 minute effort as well as a very short steep hill that is about a 1 minute effort that are accessible to me.

Question is, could I use these hill repeats in place of something like a 2x20? How effective would these hill repeats be to me for a CX race? I also assume it is best to do most of the efforts seated. I was lucky enough that the last race I did allowed me to stand on the steep climb gripping on roots and grass. I realize this is not always the case.

Any advice is appreciated.

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