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    Crit fitness fast

    Hi guys after suggestions of what training I should do for a few important crit races coming up in 3 weeks. Been struggling with a cold last 3 weeks but all good now so I missed a lot of training. What's my best bang for buck with limited time left?

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    if it were me, i'd do 1-, 3-, and 5-min all out intervals with some rest in between. Or 10-min interval of mostly 75-80% threshold but with some 10,20,30sec all out sprints, and then try to recover while not dropping below 75-80% threshold. 1 hr/day, 3-4 days/wk. Basically, short time to prepare means high intensity for best bang for bux.

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    ACL has it right. Short intervals at high intensity. Mix it up with as high as you can go with good recovery plus hard efforts with sprints and limited recovery.

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    One interval I found to be especially helpful for crits (and cross) is 15 on 15 off.

    Done in sets of 3 - each set is 15 seconds all our sprint with 15 seconds of rest. One mins rest between sets. After each set of 3 you rest for 5 mins. Start with 2 sets.

    If you want to make it super hard you can do the sets as 4x15 second sprints withe 15 seconds of rest into a final one minute interval that what I use to do for points race drills.

    These should be done on a flat course if possible.

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