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I'm a 30 year old fomer Cat. 1 cyclists (competing on the road/track). I gave up racing in 2006 and since then I've focused on running/hiking/skiing/and maintaining some fitness (mainly a few 1-3 half marathons a year). I registered for Leadville this year and sure enough hit the lottery.

I'm now looking at a 5 month training plan. I live in the midwest (KY) and my goal is to break the 12hr mark (I'd like to say 9, but being realistic). I've outlined my my training plan below. I would love feedback/input/advice from anyone preparing or who has prepared for past races. Cheers and good luck to all the other racers.

March 7th – April 3rd = BASE1
FOCUS ON QUALITY ROAD MILES AND GETTING COMFORTABLE ON THE BIKE

April 4th – May 1st = BASE2
FOCUS ON QUALITY ROAD MILES OF 3+HRS ON WEEKEND AND START TO INTRODUCE 2HR MT. BIKE RIDE. MID WEEK TEMPO/GROUP RIDE

May 2nd – May 29th = BASE3
INTRODUCE MID WEEK TEMPO RIDES AND TRAINING RACE. START TO INCREASE SUNDAY RIDE TO 4/5 HRS

May 30th – June 26th = BUILD1
BEGIN TO RAMP UP INTENSITY A BIT – STILL FOCUS ON QUALITY MILES/HOURS AND TARGET ONE OR TWO, 6+HR MT. BIKE RACES

June 27th – July 17th = BUILD2
MAINTAIN INTENSITY AND QUALITY HOURS AND COMPLETE ANOTHER 6+HR MT. BIKE RACE

July 18th – August 7th = SPECIALIZE/TAPER
SETTLE INTO RACE PREP – MID WEEK TRAINING RACE AND ONE LONGER WEEKEND RIDE WITH SOME INTENSITY – FOCUS ON REST/RECOVERY

August 8th – August 14th = RACE WEEK
HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE!!
 

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Congrats at getting in.

My advice is to ride a lot of miles on jeep/forest roads with some long climbs thrown in and you should be good to go.

Nothing technical to worry about. The roadies do well on this "mountain bike" course!!!

good luck
 

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If you are a former Cat 1 racer you should have no problem rocking the course in 12 hours or less barring no mechanicals or wrecks. Build that base and try to get in some 100 mile gravel type races and do them on your mtb. The guys that I know that have been fast out there build a big base and then do lots of intervals that make you puke. A guy I know that went from 11:00 3 years ago to 9:00 last year spent lots of time on the road bike too and tried to ride with as many crazy fast people for as long as he could. He then 2x a week did 10 90 second as hard as he could go intervals with 30 seconds of rest in between. He did that 2x for his workout. I could only do 4 of them without feeling like I was going to die.

I was a 38 year old father of two with a job and coaching my kids teams last summer and tried to get in 4-5 hours a week and then got in a 4-10 hour ride 2-3x a month on a saturday or sunday. I did it in 11:40 and found out 1.5 months after the race that I had blood clots in my lungs since May. I went to the ER and they did not diagnose it until my right calf got 2x the size of my left in early October. I had massive breathing chest pain in May after a tough 100 mile race in Wisconsin called the Cheq 100. I crashed 2x and thought that I damaged my rib cage. That was the beginning of the end of my feeling good on the bike and hanging out at AT for 2 hours plus. I was good enough for the race but think in hindsight with zero blood clots in lungs I could have probably cut an 45 minutes to one hour off of my time.

If you get a chance to get out to Leadville to see the course at all pre race and ride the 3 climbs it will help your confidence going into the race. Climbs are long and hard but doable. Even if you fly out and rent a bike for the weekend from the best bike shop in the country (imo)...Cycles of Life.

Have fun...bring your family if you have one...it is an awesome life experience!
 

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You will be fine....only thing to remeber is this race is not won on the downhills......take your time descending at your own pace......it is won or shall we say you will do well by crushing the rolling sections....flats and climbs.......
 

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Thanks to all for your replying and input. Massalsa - I hope you are feeling better and kudos for balancing life, kids, training, and family!!! You are an inspiration for a future father like myself.

I'm looking forward to the journey and seeing how my body reacts after being away from the bike for 3-4years.

I'm thinking about flying out in in early July for a recon trip.

cheers!
 

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KERKOVEJ said:
Power to weight. Tech skills not needed as mentioned above. Big a big engine strapped to a lean body build.

Acclimate if you can.....obviously, altitude is the biggest challenge for the 1,000's that come from out of state.

http://lwcoaching.com/?p=1094
Agreed, power to weight is everything, which I profoundly resent! I am 6'4" so I already know I wasnt born for this sport. I raced Leadville last year at almost 195lbs :eekster: Finished just over 8:20. Plan on racing this year at 180lbs and shooting for 7:44:26 (give or take). I'll also be on an 18lb rig becasue your bike factors in to the power to weight ratio right.
 

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ErrantGorgon said:
Plan on racing this year at 180lbs and shooting for 7:44:26 (give or take)
That is a very precise time, give or take, where did the 26 seconds come from?

For me I'm very happy, for once, that my body fat is quite high currently so losing 8kg on 78kg is not unreasonable. In the meantime I can still drink IPA because it's good to train heavy for a couple more months. Leadville Trail Marathon and Silver Rush should help erode the final kilos. Looking forward to being on Columbine lighter than last years training rides. From the limited racing I've done up there being lean with decent endurance seems the key. I'm definitely going to do plenty of long climbs though between now and then.
 

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Are there any good commercial plans available for a 100 miler? I've read about Chris Eatough's plan and I'm considering purchasing that. I like to keep it as simple as possible. Tell me what to do on what day and I'll go do it. I'm not big on HR monitors and trying to stay in particular zones. If there is a plan that is less complicated, I'm all for it. Any suggestions?
 

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chuckie33 said:
Are there any good commercial plans available for a 100 miler? I've read about Chris Eatough's plan and I'm considering purchasing that. I like to keep it as simple as possible. Tell me what to do on what day and I'll go do it. I'm not big on HR monitors and trying to stay in particular zones. If there is a plan that is less complicated, I'm all for it. Any suggestions?
I followed Eatough's program to the T last year, and all went well. Other plans mentionedon this thread should be great too. I think the key is to follow whatevr program you select.

It should be achievable without a hrm, but I have no idea why you wouldn't use any tools available.
 

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I followed Eatough's program to the T last year, and all went well. Other plans mentionedon this thread should be great too. I think the key is to follow whatevr program you select.

It should be achievable without a hrm, but I have no idea why you wouldn't use any tools available.
I read on his site that no HRM is needed. I'm fine with using one if it makes the plan easier to follow. Did you use one with his plan?
 

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I read on his site that no HRM is needed. I'm fine with using one if it makes the plan easier to follow. Did you use one with his plan?
I did. I think it helps estimate intensity-
 

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Congrats on getting in! You do indeed sound like a roadie! Just train, train train! Try to climb lots and as you get closer, get in two 5-7 hour rides per week with as much fire road climbing as you can find. Do easy spins on off days. 12-14 hours per week should be more than enough.
 
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