This was the end of week three of the first big four-week endurance training block for RAW, and I am looking forward to a consolidation (recovery) week. I'll be posting the entire training plan shortly, and look forward to learn what people think of it, and how I could adjust it. I'll also talk about what I mean by a "consolidation" week versus "recovery". This was also week two of the double-5+ hour rides, and week 3 of 7+ hour rides. I'll recap the training block next week, but it was a good start. I got both double-long rides in, got the mid-week ride up near four hours.
Saturday was a much better ride in retrospect. I stayed on top of hydration and feeding, eating 2600 calories in 7.25 hours (360 cal/h). The feed had a good mix of carbohydrate and fat, and I could tell the difference in how, and how quickly my body would react to each. The ride and and a bit beyond the end of the pavement on the Reddington Road was new to me, and gave awesome views of the Tanque Verde Canyon, Tucson, and the 40 mile ride home from there.
There is 190 days left to RAW. I have the training plan outlined, and now I realize it's really not that far away. There are five endurance blocks, and one racing block in the preparation, and one is already mostly complete. Its coming up fast.
Day 22, 190 d, 19 h, 42 m to RAW 2019.
My interest in ultracycling dates back when I first started seriously riding a bike in college in the early 1980s. This is my RAAM story preparing to compete in the Race Across the West in 2020 and RAAM 2021.