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    • #5109
      Avatarrick
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      I just completed my first race. I raced in First Timer at Winding Trails in Farmington CT on 4/17/11. It was a 5 mile course of moderate climbs and lots of mud from the previous night's heavy rains. I completed the 12-week Cat3 MTB racer plan to prep for this race. I am 46 years old and have never raced before. I've been mtb'ing since the 80s but never trained and was never particularly good in the endurance area. I tend to get winded very quick and my HR is typically higher than my riding buddies. If you saw me you'd probably say I look like I'm in very good shape. Its not like I need to lose weight or I'm lacking in leg strength. Most people say I look like a very fit rider.

      I was feeling good going into this race. There were 11 riders in my cat and I think I probably started too fast because I wanted to be in the top 3 before hitting the singletrack. Well, by the time we hit the singletrack I was 3rd but my HR was about 180 and I never really recovered. At times it got down to 170. I got passed by 4 riders later on but I came back and passed one of them for a 6th place finish. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't sustain the pace although I am glad to haved finished mid-pack. I wonder now if I should have started slower and saved some in the tank for later. The course was only 5 miles and somehow I imagined it would be like doing a sprint.

      One of the big positives was that I only dismounted once for a very steep muddy climb and I never crashed. Almost every rider in my catergory was down at some point from the peanut-butter-thick-mud or the up-and-over logs or the climbs. I cleaned everything no problem and I just powered through the mud when there was no option for going around.

      Here are my race stats http://www.trainingpeaks.com/sw/XFQ2ZZOSAP526K3BZFMWTBGSCY

      Crazy HR, right?

      After the race I was nauseous for about 3 minutes, but within 10 minutes I felt great and wished I was still riding.

      I feel like it was a successful outing. So, what next? How should I continue to train? How can I more effectively plan my race strategy? By end of the season and/or next season I'd like to be a mid-pack or top 3rd Cat3 racer.

    • #6469
      AvatarLynda
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      Rick,

      Congrats on finishing your first race. It sounds like a great success to me!

      I recommend that now you move on to the Cat 2 series of training plans to progress your fitness and performance level.

    • #6470
      Avatarrick
      Member

      Thanks for the reply Lynda. So, what if it is the beginning of race season and there are races I want to enter in the next 2 to 4 weeks? What plan do I do now? Continue

    • #6501
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Rick,

      I recommend you start on a Cat 2 plan now.

      Lynda

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