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Bit of hill training required

Postby Deanj » Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:44 pm

Just been looking at a race thats happening here in September. Loaded the GPS data into bikely to see the route better and have a look at the profile.

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Got to do 4 of those laps! :?
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by BNA » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:14 pm

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Postby leximack » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:14 pm

4 laps - thats 4000m of climbing, good luck with that :lol:
most of the 100km enduros here in NSW have approx 2200-2700m of climbing and they hurt enough.
Better get in them hills
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Postby Deanj » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:12 pm

I've been thinking of what a sensible avg speed would be the last few days, and I still have no idea :?
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Postby leximack » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:58 pm

needsapush wrote:I've been thinking of what a sensible avg speed would be the last few days, and I still have no idea :?


i would be happy just to finish with those hills :lol:
it depends on the terrain though, if its technical then this will slow you down considerably, if its open firetrail then you should be able to keep up a good average speed
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Postby Hawkeye » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:16 pm

What race is this? Those climbs look uuuuugly. :shock:
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Postby Deanj » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:12 pm

Its the aptly named Foxy 1000

Got a good while for training but how I'm going to go about it, I've no idea. :?
The solo winner last year did it in 6:45.
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Postby toolonglegs » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:55 am

I think you are going about it the right way...nothing more is needed at the mo than lots of long easy-ish rides.September is a long time off so I would be setting goals much closer at the moment.You need too plan roughly what else you want to do to stay motivated...most of your training will be on the road so if the winner last year took nearly 7 hours, you will have to plan a few really long road rides much closer but not too close to the event.I wouldn't be doing anything specific till July.
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Postby Hawkeye » Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:22 pm

Pick yourself up a copy of "The Mountain Biker's Training Bible" by Joe Friel. The focus is on fitness training, rather than bike skills.

I've not been using any of his training programs, as I'm nowhere fast enough to consider racing, but his advice on avoiding overtraining with the consequent fatigue, illness and burnout has been valuable for keeping me on the bike and able to perform at work and home.

Hope this is useful. :)
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Postby Deanj » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:24 pm

Cheers,

Going to start doing more shorter faster rides from now on as the season starts in March and races are usually around the 1:30 time. I'll try to keep the odd long ride with this event in mind. MTB fitness needs working on though, after a couple of hours off road my body hurts! :)

Thanks for the book tip I'll get me a copy and have a good read. Done a search and hes got a few books that look worth reading.
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Postby Deanj » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:09 pm

Had this event today and can happily say I've seen enough fire road climbs for a while :lol:

Started about 8.30 this morning with showers and wind gusts and had bit of an eventful race :roll: Crashed into a hedge 1/4 of the way round the 1st lap, then shortly after that, got a jump on a downhill section totally wrong which kicked me over the bars, landing on my right knee which flipped me over onto my head :roll: Not how you want to start a race. Gears then decided to start playing around and the chain jumped over the cassette into the spokes about 4 times till I decided to fix it, v frustrating when everything was working well when checked yesterday.

It was a 4 lap race, each lap 25kms long with 1000 meters of climbing. Not been able to do anywhere as much training as I liked but the race went pretty well. Actually enjoyed the first 2 laps despite things going wrong and was feeling in great shape, then I eat an energy bar at the start of the 3rd which gave me some v bad cramps and slowed me down quite a bit. Felt a lot better though in the 4th and speed picked back up. Ended up finishing in 3rd place with a time of about 7.38 Avg of 13km/hr which I was pleased with for 4000m climbing and riding like a moron in the 1st lap :)
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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:27 pm

Another podium, the sponsor will be happy :D

Time for a long hot bath mate.

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Postby sandman » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:37 pm

Dean

Well done mate, I aspire to take some hits to the body like you've done on my "Goose" :lol: :lol: :lol: Hope to pick it up next weekend, wife reckons within 12 months I'll be in hospital with a busted collarbone...sheesh :shock: :lol:

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Postby toolonglegs » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:56 pm

Nice ride Dean...maybee not enough play time for skills thou! :D
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Postby Deanj » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:31 pm

Not enough brakes when you don't know whats coming up :lol:
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Postby Kalgrm » Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:01 pm

Good work Dean.

Want to give your sponsors a plug? Got any podium photos to share?

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Postby Deanj » Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:51 pm

Not checked through all the photos but found a couple that a spectator took

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In a blur of speed :lol:

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