At noon today, the RAW countdown clock ticked through 100 days. By coincidence, today also ended my block of racing in the RAW Training Plan. The next eight weeks will likely be the highest volume weeks of the buildup to RAW, and in my 34 years of cycling. Every week will push a new limit. 30 hour training weeks will become the norm. The only race remaining on the calendar is Tour of the Gila. More on that below. Its been 113 days of training and preparing for RAW since Day Zero--its been quite a ride. We even had our story about RAW in the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat.
The Next 99 Days
The next 99 days will be super busy, and I'm sure will have its special moments and its character building moments. From a training perspective, I start the weekend triples this next weekend. By the end of the first block, I hope to have all three rides over 6 h, and have the longest of the rides up in the 10-12 hour range. The plan has five weekends of the triples, but I hope to fit 6-7 in before Gila, now that an "easy" weekend is a 5-6 hour ride. I still find it so remarkable what we can train our bodies and minds to accomplish so much--make it a new normal. I would have never thought I could become so accustomed to 20+ hour training weeks, and 100 mile rides. More daylight and warmer mornings will help. I'll be working more to get the feed on the bike up from 350-400 calories per hour to 500 calories an hour. Maria Crawford and Edge will be helping me watch my body composition and nutrition.
Finally, there is still a ton of planning. About half the route now has a detailed plan up on the web site. The timesheet is also up, and has been a great tool for figuring out support, leapfrog and direct follow requirements, knowing that we descend through Jerome in the dark, and other details, and little details like the McDonalds in Camp Verde AZ closes at midnight, and Starbucks at 9:30. New jerseys with Arizona Greyhound Rescue on them will be ordered this week. Greyhounds on the kit! How awesome is that? We have an Amazon Wish List, and invite you to help if you would like to support the race and the crew. Better yet, please consider a donation to Arizona Greyhound Rescue, give one of these majestic retired athletes a loving forever home, or spread the word about Sol Dog Lodge.
My RAW Story, Day 113, 99 Days 16 hours 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.