Training for the Cohutta 100 that is.
It started December 1st with a winters long every-other-day session on rollers @ a heartrate of less than 140. Twice weekly night rides pretty much regardless of the weather and a long ride of at least 2 to 6 hours every two weeks.
I started riding in the mountains on my road bike in February and by March 1st, I had 1300 miles of road/mountain/rollers combined in my legs. I rode mountains 3-6 hours every weekend for 5 weeks in Feb/March.
I experimented with different foods and drinks until I came up with a combination that I believe will serve me well.
I am as fit as I ever have been for this time of the year still, I worry about endurance. Did I do enough?
All I can do now is rest and get ready to race.
It has been fun. Since I decided to get a little more serious about racing this year and a little more focused, I have enjoyed pushing myself. Riding in the rain at 38 degrees or in the dark and snow at 18 degrees has made me tougher than I was before. I know that I can endure alot of discomfort and it might suck for awhile but it's not going to kill me.
I am in my taper/rest period before Cohutta. My plan for the week looks something like this:
Tomorrow - 4 hours fireroad easy pace w/some climbing. I need this ride because I haven't ridden my Optimus yet and I have new shoes that I haven't used.
Sunday - 45 minutes spin
Monday - 90 minutes tempo
Tuesday - off
Wednesday - 90 minutes spin
Thursday - off/pack
Friday - off/travel
Saturday - Race.