So, I've got about a month left until my first race and I've ridden the trail a few times to get familiar with it. I'm completely new to race training, so I have no idea what I'm doing. It makes sense to be familiar with the potential course ahead of time so I know what I can expect. My times still need lots of improvement if I don't want to be dead last. And that's my goal, anything but last place.
My first ride out at Pace Bend was with the Austin Ridge Riders last year. I rode with the intermediate group because I was feeling pretty confident. I remembered it being really rocky and technical but I did have fun riding. Last month, I went out to try and see what a race would be like and see if I could figure out what my time might be. I took my time and needed lots of rests. The actual elapsed time, including breaks and rests, was almost 2hr! I thought it was ok for my first time solo, but I need to get it down to 0:50 says race team captain, Desert Nomad. I think that's pretty optimistic, we'll see...
For my second training ride, my goal was to stop and keep trying a few sections I walked on my first go. Even with my stopping and sessioning some sections my total elapsed time was faster and my moving time improved by 6 minutes. I was feeling pretty good about that ride, but I'm still aiming for more improvement.
The third ride was with 2 other guys on the race team. I was excited to ride with some of the guys that have given me such good advice over the last two years. One of our bikes had a mechanical issue, so we were down to me and one other. All the sections I couldn't make last ride and I took the time to session I did pretty good on. We got a little off course, so who knows what the time difference is
You can check out my strava info below.
The First Race Training Trip
The Second Race Training Trip
The Third Race Training Trip