National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE): Mohican Race Week Schedule
Prepping for Mohican 100: #5 in the National Ultra Endurance Series
Race weeks are a combination of getting extra rest and obsessing about details. Add Ironman training (I’m 60 days away form Ironman Lake Placid) and the schedule gets a little nutty. Fortunately, my Ironman training plan this week had a race planned so the schedule worked out nicely.
Last week was the hardest week yet on the training front:
- 3 long swims: 3500 yards each. These are longest swims I’ve ever done.
- 3 bike rides including a 60 mile, 8k climbfest in Western Maryland.
- 3 runs including my first legit long run ramping up mileage for Lake Placid (14 miles of hills in Western Maryland).
- My first bricks (combo of two of these activities) ever.
- 2 crossfit workouts including one that SHREDDED my abs.
- My first open water swim.
I definitely put my time in. It helped to have a holiday weekend to use for some of the longer rides and runs. I love the hard weeks. My body usually responds well and feels great after those weeks.
So what does the week after that look like getting ready for the Mohican 100 National Ultra Endurance series mountain bike race look like? Here are the highlights:
- Get some rest.
- Put together my checklist for the race (I’ve become slightly obsessed with checklists using Workflowy).
- Eat reasonably well including a little extra protein to recover from the weekend suffering.
- Coppermine Crossfit in the a.m. 80% effort. I’ve shredded myself the week of a race before doing Crossfit and it doesn’t work out well.
- Swimming at the Towson YMCA (3,500 yards of timed intervals).
- Ultimate Frisbee (2 hours) in the evening. This is how I get speed work in most weeks.
- This will be the hardest day of the week and the last hard workouts before the race.
- Check on my bike which is having the frame replaced under warranty at Joe’s Bike Shop.
- Fortunately the frame is in so I don’t have to do Mohican on my new Trek Rig single speed. I’ve had a blast riding it while my Trek Superfly is in the shop but I’ll leave the racing 100’s on one to Pat Blair. I like to suffer but I’m not ready for that yet.
- Eat relatively light. I’m still working toward my 165 lbs “someday” weight goal.
- 1.5 hour MTB ride and 30 minute run. Both moderate with a couple of hard efforts.
- This is my third brick getting ready for IMLP.
- Eat relatively light.
- Get to bed a little earlier than usual.
- Very easy bike ride just to make sure the wheels are ready for the race.
- Very easy 30 minute swim.
- I’ll eat a little more today. I’ve heard from a number of sources that carbo loading is really best done two days prior to race and then a light increase in carbs the day before.
- Get 90% packed on Thursday night (the checklist makes this super fast).
- Add Stan’s to my wheels to make sure I am as protected from flats as I can. I’ve had two flat problems in races and both were errors on my part. One I let the Stan’s dry out and the other I mounted my tires without enough time to make sure they were holding air properly. Both things that I can control. Otherwise Stan’s has treated me fine.
- Get to bed a little earlier than usual.
- Breakfast with Riley.
- Pack the car.
- Kiss Elise.
- Get on the road around 9am.
- That puts me in Ohio at 3:30 or so.
- Setup camp. I like to camp if I’m alone or with others that like to camp. I’m solo this weekend.
- Quick trail pre ride with some teammates and friends.
- Moderate dinner with said teammates and friends.
- Ice cream. I read Jeremiah Bishop does this so I will for the rest of my life. Cyclists are nuts that way.
- Bed by 9:30.
- RACE DAY!
- Since I’m camping at the race site I can sleep until about 5:00 a.m.
- Normal race morning routine: wake up/eat 2-3 cliff bars/coffee/bathroom/kit up/ride to start/eat a gel/race.
- Shorter races I might warm up but I’m going to be on the trails for 10+ hours. I think I’ll get warmed up fast enough.
- Finish (primary goal). Finish in 10 hours (secondary goal).
- Drink a recovery drink and eat something at the finish.
- Drive home.
- If I can finish in ten hours I should be home by 1:00a.m.
- Spend time with my family and remember how incredibly grateful I am for them and that I get to go do this.
- Act like I didn’t race 100 miles on my MTB the day before (this helps cut down on the “I don’t know why you do these thing” comments).
My friend Lindy said to me last week, “Your life exhausts me.” I don’t know why but I come home energized and ready to re-engage after a hard weekend race. It’s life giving for me. I’m usually more plugged in with my family, friends, work, etc. Strange how that works.
Keep moving forward.
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