Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Less than Eight Weeks . . .

It seems like only weeks ago that we were beginning the “8 months to go” Leadville Trail 100 MTB race countdown.

After seemingly endless hours of cycling in the pain cave - watching enough movies to put us on the NetFlix VIP list as well as causing us to revel in the wonders of Body Glide
and A&D ointment (if you don’t understand, be thankful) – we have passed the “8 weeks to go” milestone.

Our training schedule for the next 6 weeks (the last 2 weeks will involve tapering) will typically include :

- core and flexibility workouts twice a week (about 45 minutes each session);

- 1 easy recovery ride during the week (between 45 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on what else is scheduled for the week);

- 1 intense interval session (60 – 90 minutes);

- 1 hill session – either hill repeat intervals or a long sustained climbing effort performed at just under our lactate threshold (60 – 90 minutes);

- 1 long (3 to 4 hour) mountain bike ride on the weekend; and

- 1 long (3 to 6 hour) road bike ride on the weekend.

This weekend we’ll ride the Blue River Century on Saturday (7,680 feet of elevation gain & 3 mountain passes).

Then on Sunday we’ll head over to Leadville and get some time and a few more miles at elevation.

We’ll probably ride the Mineral Belt Trail and a loop around Turquoise Lake on our mountain bikes, with a detour to ride (and hike) the Power Line section of the race course. Yikes!

After all the whining and anticipation, it is almost upon us.
Are we ready? If we aren’t ready now, will we be ready in 8 weeks?

Stay tuned to find out!

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