Nothing you can do this week is going to help. Raceday's Sunday, right? I'd ride a decent distance today (30 miles??) with some race-pace pickups. Then Friday completely off, get a good nights sleep. Saturday I'd drive to the race site, pick up packet and then go on a 30 MINUTE ride, with some race-pace pickups. Decent meal, slightly carb heavy but nothing too much, and then race on Sunday.
Raceday I like to get there early. WU is normally 20 minutes, first 10' is easy spinning, building up to tempo effort and then 3x 30" sprint blowouts. Stretch, load up bottles, get to the line and get ready.
Oh and watch out - "aerobars are legal and so is drafting" = carnage.
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I have put some longer rides in earlier in the year and have been regularly doing 30-40+ miles.
There stops (6 of them) but if you stop that is time running against you. There is a water bottle exchange at the half way point. Not really sure what that means but when I pick my packet up on Sat. I will be asking.
Aerobars are legal and so is drafting. I have to water bottle holders and I will have an aerobar water bottle as well. I will have 2 available pockets in the back and the other will be filled with energy bars. I will have a GU bottle attached to the frame as well.
I asked some riders what they did about a bathroom stop and they just smiled ..... so i know what I'll be doing but what a waste of good water!!!;-) I know on some of my other long rides I have not had an issue of this until after the race ... so I must have been hydrated and stayed hydrated properly .... urine was clear.
I wanted to know how much I could ride before Sunday without jeopardizing me for performance on Sunday. Another words how many days before a race should I stop riding completely.
I will be starting to hydrate myself on Friday already.
Seems as if you're doing this race with one hand tied behind your back. If you haven't done any rides of at least 50 miles in the last month I think doing anything at this point is like cramming for a final. I'd do a couple of 25-30 milers at most.
I know family life and kid activities do (and should) monopolize your time. I once coached boys/girls soccer, boys/girls basketball, girls softball and Little Leage all in one year. Oddly enough, my golf game wasn't what I wanted it to be (although I have a full set of "Thanks Coach" beer mugs).
In your place, without the base of long training miles, I would look at the race as an education, an exercise in survival, and an excuse to go for a long ride.
BTW, are there check points where you can reload with water? I can't imagine carrying enough fluid for 4-5 hours.
Edited by: HEYPUTTHATDOWN at: 8/13/2009 (14:57)
I'd rather be sitting on my bike thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my bike ...
Since I'm new to the race scene ... when should my last day of riding be and how many miles can I go?
So far this week: Mon: 8 mile TT (with 14 additional miles from riding to and from site); Tues: 12.5 miles; Wed: 4 miles (riding around the camp site several times on my DW's mountain bike with my youngest son of 12 yrs old)
I want to take a ride tonight yet and one tomorrow but I'm not sure how many miles for each day and how hard of rides can I do?
The race this Sunday and it is 90 miles in length around a lake.
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