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Have I bitten off more than I can chew?--Furnace 508(5 posts)

Have I bitten off more than I can chew?--Furnace 508Kellum1969
May 15, 2002 9:47 AM
I've commited to doing the Furnace 508 this Oct:

I'm doing it on a two-person team.

I'm a mt biker/road biker (in that order). I'm riding about 150 miles a week (I'd say about 50 mt bike, 100 road), and typically race once century a year. Obviously, I need to step this up. I have a couple questions:

1. With 5 months to go, I'm assuming I have plenty of time to get ready. What would a good progressive training plan be? I would also like to loose about 20 lbs by then.

2. Since we can basically hand off whenever we want, any opinions on a how far we should ride (i.e., 2 hours on, 2 off; every 50 miles; etc.)?

Finally, anybody have any experience with this race, and can they give any insight?
just soloDougSloan
May 15, 2002 11:29 AM
I did it solo last year; here's my story:

Your best source of info is the 508 site. Read everything there, including all the "Tall Tales." That will take a while.

Take care of logistics now, so you can focus on body and mind preparation near to race time. Go ahead and get you lights for the vehicles and bikes, signage, radios, all that junk.

If you want to lose weight, do it NOW. It will be much harder to do while training hard later on.

Read the stories about length of pulls. It varies a lot depending upon the individuals. I think 30 minutes is typical.

Train in hot weather. It was 106 the second day.

The hardest part of the race is not riding, but eating and drinking. Find out what works for you well ahead of time.

Training is different for relays than solos. Relay people go much fast, but only ride half as far, with rest and opportunities to sleep and eat adequately. So, you must train to ride faster, like interval training.

Do one or two 24 hour rides with your partner and crew. That will help to work the bugs out.

just solopeloton
May 15, 2002 12:55 PM
and no Ensure.... Right Doug? ;)
just soloDougSloan
May 15, 2002 7:07 PM
more infoDougSloan
May 22, 2002 3:11 PM