With the Leadville 100 mountain bike race only 6 weeks away, I’ve resorted to one of the Pros training methods. I’m training from an undisclosed location in the mountains. Or course the picture above gives away where I am if you know Colorado.
The Pros said they went elsewhere to train to get away from the media and fans before big races like the Tour de France. Of course others said they did it so they could dope. I don’t have any reasons of those reasons though. I just need to get some good training in.
I’m certainly not going to be fast at the Leadville 100 this year. Right now I’m not even sure I could finish it. I didn’t have much left after my 6 hour ride on Friday. I think with some good training over the next 6 weeks, I shouldn’t have trouble finishing it. My best time has been 8:18 and the time cut-off is 12 hours.
I’m not going to be able to get my weight anywhere close to what it should be. I’m nearly 40 pounds heavier than when I rode Leadville in 8:18. Probably the best I’ll do is take 10 pounds off.
If I can at least finish this year, it’ll make my 5th belt buckle. That’ll be halfway to getting the giant belt buckle for 10 Leadville finishes.