Leadville 100 MTB FAQ: How to Train?

, , | UltraRob | Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Dave Wiens at Leadville 100 Finish 2007
This post is part of the Leadville 100 MTB FAQ.

There’s no single magic way to train for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Racers have a very wide range of experience and different goals. Each person also has different strengths and weaknesses.

I did my first mountain bike race in 1989. I’ve done 6 solo 24 hour mountain bike races and even longer races on the road. 2007 was the first year since then that I haven’t done at least a couple races. Even if I don’t train, I have good endurance but get really slow. I know other people that seem to still be fast when they’re out of shape but they don’t have much endurance.

Even though everybody is different, there are general training principals for everyone. Based on your strengths and weaknesses, the focus will be different. Even though I’m writing these training tips as part of the Leadville 100 MTB FAQ, they apply to any 100 mile or similar length mountain bike race.

I had started this post last year as one big post and it got out of hand. I shelved it and never posted it. Now I’m breaking it in to smaller pieces so it’s more manageable. Below are the training topics I plan on covering but may make some changes as I go.

Related Links: Leadville 100 MTB FAQ | 2008 Lance and Wiens videos | 2007 Leadville 100 MTB pictures | 2006 Leadville 100 MTB pictures | Views from the Top of the Columbine Climb

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5 Responses to “Leadville 100 MTB FAQ: How to Train?”

  1. MTB100novice says:

    When will you write about periodization and the other topics?

  2. UltraRob says:

    MTB100novice, I have a couple of the next topics mostly written. We’ve been having way too nice of weather for me to stay inside.

    My goal is to get the periodization post finished middle of next week and then post about 1 Leadville 100 FAQ post a week.

  3. UltraRob says:

    I lost some of what I had on training. I intend to get started again on it soon as there seems to be a lot of interest.

  4. dave_jr says:

    I have interest!! please continue to post…i’d love to see it finished! thanks!

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