- September 30, 2015 at 10:31 am #13812DigitalOzParticipant
I completed the Black Bear Rampage 40 mile mountain bike race on September 13th. My goal this year was to beat my PR on the course of 4:10. I am happy to say that I crushed my PR. I had a finish time of 3:51:38! Not only did I beat the PR, my second goal was to get a sub 4 hour time and I did that too. I came in 17th out of 50 in the Sport 35-49 group, which is a much higher placement than I had in the previous year.
I used the 50 mile Personal Best race plan and scaled it back to a 40 mile duration. It worked great. I took up riding and racing mountain bikes 6 years ago. It is encouraging to know that I can still improve by such large margins even in my mid 40s.
In previous years, I was completely spent at finish, and this year I felt like I could have kept going. I feel I executed my race plan perfectly. This race has several long climbs (15 minute+) and one really long climb (30 minute+) and is connected by very fast and fun trails between the climbs. One of the challenges wass to not blow myself out on the first or second climb so that I have something left in the last hour. There is a very steep climb in the last 5 miles of the race and in years past I have had to walk it. Not this year. So I feel like I had great fitness going into the race, excellent pacing, and that my bike nutrition was right where it needed to be.
Thanks again for the great plan.
- September 30, 2015 at 11:02 am #13814
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