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I’m sorry! Our naughty but fun Park City week started two weeks and two days ago (June 2-9).
Greg and I start week 11 in two days for the Firecracker 50. But day 1 will be the XC race (1:15/1:30 type distance).
Noah is in the last week of your NICA JV pre-season plan. He races in two days (1:15/1:30 XC), this Sunday/June 25th (enduro) and June 27th (45 minute type XC junior race). He said his legs felt a little better yesterday, not quite so dead.
Weight was the same this year (I’m always a little under the “ideal” weight for my height). No mechanical issues.
That’s why it’s so frustrating. All the conditions seemed about as perfect as they could be (training, bike, course conditions, etc.). I’m at a loss.
No worries, hope you had a great weekend away. I am not easily discouraged, but I am discouraged about the race. I rode it 28 minutes slower this year than last year. Can you help me figure out where things might have gone wrong?
The course was in the best condition ever. The rain last week made everything really solid and firm. It wasn’t too hot. It didn’t rain.
I went into the 12 week training cycle in the best condition ever. I did strength training this year for the first time ever. I did pretty much every single workout, minus just a couple minor rides due to a few days of business/family travel here and there. The workouts were all very high quality – I felt great about them. I worried that my taper week got a little messed up, because we were in Park City and who could not ride a little bit there. But my legs felt fine on race day. We eat well and sleep well as a way of life and feel great almost all the time.
I felt great for the race. My average heart rate for the whole race (including downhill) was 3.6 – last year it was 3.0. I kept my pace under control when on the gas, in HRZ 3-4 for the first lap and mid-HRZ3 for the second lap. I was able to drink the whole time (which was the only goal for the race I actually met) and the nausea never got too bad.
The only real difference between last year and this year that I can think of was that I wore my Camelback to have Tailwind (to try to avoid the nausea). They have ample aid stations throughout the course, and normally I haven’t worn a Camelback. I also had a couple extra bike tools along in my bike pack. Overall, maybe 6-7 pounds of extra weight. Could that have been the difference? If not, do you have any other ideas? Thanks a lot! I am a level-headed, normally very upbeat person. But all the hard training doesn’t feel so worth it with that kind of result.
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by Kristin Moyer.
(Forgot to say this was my best race so far. Unfortunately I missed a turn one mile before the finish – so did quite a few others but they had other riders by them to get them back on the course and I didn’t. I didn’t make the podium, but it was still the best race for me yet. Thanks a lot for all your help! I’m having a blast.)