One could argue it might only be marginally faster for the most exceptional bike handler, but I guarantee you that it is WAY more fun than a fixed post on any type of trail.
The best place to start then is to look back on your execution. Did you do what you planned to do? How was your pacing? Did you start too hard then fall apart? How about nutrition, did you ever get hungry? Did you bonk? How about your gear, did you choose the right equipment for race day? What would you do differently next time?
Even over 3.5 hours, I was still able to maintain my power and put down some solid efforts. My training tapered off majorly at the end of March and I skated my way through April and May on my two rides a week method, which was plenty of time to “lose my fitness.” I waited and waited for it to happen, but it never seemed to.
Driving a bike well conserves energy; maintaining momentum conserves energy; and that should always be your main goal.
You cannot allow anxiety and stress to change your plan or distract you on race day.
Whatever you do, don’t wait till race morning to think through prepping what you need to race and race well.
It takes incredible discipline to be able to put these kinds of hurdles out of your mind, to control your emotions adequately in the moment, but by visualizing the good and the bad and practicing them, you will set yourself up for success on race day.
Remember what you're shooting for, and all the pieces it takes to get there. Then do the work, even when it sucks, remembering that if you beat yourself today, you WILL crush them tomorrow.
Don’t pick a bike like you pick an appliance; pick a bike based on how badly you can't wait to get back on it and ride.
How is the winner going to win? This is so damn important to winning bike races; you need to have a strategy to win
For nearly a century, riders were doing races like the Tour de France based only on perceived exertion. They would go out, and ride to their limits based entirely off of how they felt. And they were very fast doing so.
Nothing will take you down faster than your front wheel rubbing the rear wheel of a rider in front of you.
Go to a section of trail you know owns you. Look at it. Walk through it. Imagine how water would flow through that piece of trail. Watch some riders attempt it. Go back by yourself and do it 10X, do it 100X.
When traveling as a group, there is a constant accordion effect happening.
Pacing overall is about feel. Race day caffeine, excitement, the rest and prep work that gets put in, leaves me feeling lighter, faster, snappier, and more focused.
Training will be more than just getting into shape to be able to run that half marathon. It will be the process of getting ready to run that half marathon in the exact conditions you’ll encounter. That means simulation.
Often times riders new to group riding will assume they have to take a turn at the front that is just as long as the person before them.
Let’s say that again, TRUST YOUR TRAINING. If its solid, know it and keep your sanity in check.
While in a paceline on the road, the objective is to work as a group to maximize your speed to effort ratio.
Getting out and riding with a group is without a doubt one of the best ways to learn about riding and get stronger as a cyclist.
Praictice, stay loose, keep centered, use your legs, drive with your hips, ride more, and you will become one with your bike on the downhills.
Every persons body is different. You will react to various nutrition offerings different than I will, which makes recommending a product difficult, right? Well, not necessarily.
When you’re doing an endurance event you haven’t done before, it’s common to be apprehensive about what you’re getting into.
All the best gear in the world won't keep you warm if you don't know how to use it. The simple truth about cold weather riding is that you can ride in any temperature.
Races are one of the best networking opportunities in the world. I’ve met folks in literally every field of business through racing, and some have become very close friends. Racing near where you live creates the opportunity to meet others who like you, want to race.
Gearing up, I did my best to imitate the people around me. This was my first race and I had no idea what I was doing, so I mimicked how others set up their transition area, and tried desperately to calm my heart rate.
Riding at night is a fantastic way to get in more miles during the shorter days. And with a bit of proper lighting technique, it really won't be as scary or dangerous as some would believe.