March is here. You’ve roughly six months until the start of cyclocross season. Your core (abdominal and low back muscles) needs to be stronger. One of the best ways to increase core strength is by doing plank exercises. What are planks? Google it. There are a zillion: YouTube videos for the plank exercise.
Our #secrettraining tip is this: 3-4 times per week, preferably after a ride (or maybe after happy hour) do a plank. For the first week hold a plank for one minute. Every week or every other week add 15 seconds, so by the start of cyclocross season you will be up to a 5-minute plank. No sore back during cyclocross races = free power.
Well done. You are ready for cyclocross season. Try to keep this going through out the season. 5 minutes of plank exercises a few times per week will keep you faster and fitter on and off the bike.
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About Brandon Dwight: Brandon was a professional mountain bike racer from 1999 – 2001 and professional cyclocross racer from 1999-2007. He is a four-time U.S. Masters National Cyclocross Champion. For more than a decade, Brandon has provided thousands of people with cyclocross skills and training advice. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children.
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