As the winter off-season training season begins, have you taken some time to think about the single best race experience you had during 2019? I did not say the best race performance, but race experience (they may be synonymous). Also, what excites you for 2020? Is there one race that you can’t wait to do? This will be covered in the Part II post.
Similar to any race with a time cutoff, it’s helpful to craft a plan by breaking it down to the specific time targets and distances needed per day to make the cutoff. It’s a common sense, right?
How do you get ready for the extreme dry heat of the desert or intense humidity in a multiple day ultra endurance race? This type of training is extreme and make sure you start short, maybe 5 minutes! Please implement a process of gradual progression all of these techniques.
It’s been two weeks since the finish of one of the hardest endurance events in my career – The Tour Divide and its finally starting to sink in. I have reflected of the month long journey and the following highlights might offer some insights to the event if you are considering it in the future. As many of you know, I don’t write detailed race reports, but shorter summaries of the learning lessons so you can use some ideas and of course not make the same mistakes as me! I will never forget this brutal event as it was my 3rd 30-day endurance race (Triple DECA Ironman, Trans Am and Tour Divide) and it offered plenty of surprises and challenges along the way.
The Everesting Challenge is an intriguing idea for those of you who want to do "your own" long endurance event. The history of the idea and rules can all be found at http://www.everesting.cc/the-rules/. The rules are quite simple, find a hill and ride up and down it for as long as it takes to complete 29,029 feet or 8,848 meters of elevation gain.