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Day 7 – Rest & Recovery…Happy Place or Hairy Nightmare?

April 26, 2019

Day 7 on my last 30 Days to Leadville

Hard to believe time is going so fast all of the sudden. Seems like I train and train and train and train…. for this one big race and now I’m starting to feel the burnout.

Quite a few months ago when I first started training I just jumped right in and felt like I could tackle the world. I knew I had a long way to go and have been more than willing to pay my dues to get to where I need to be.

Here’s a sample of what I have done:

  1. Drastically changed my eating (started eating tons of greens with every meal and cut back on fast food). Also, I got rid of sugar except for one “cheat” day per week and no white bread or chips, either.
  2. Did kettlebells 4x per week (resulting in 10% to 6% body fat within a three month time period)
  3. Ride hard – every time I ride, I ride hard. There isn’t much recovery spinning, the majority of the time I was pedaling as hard and fast as I could. I ride every day but Sundays… usually a 1-2 hour ride Monday through Friday and then a 50-100 mile ride on Saturday. I like to mountain bike once or twice a week, but feel like road cycling gives me a higher intensity workout all the way around.
  4. Signed up for the Utah State Championship MTB Series. I knew I needed to not just start learning how to ride a mountain bike, but I needed to get some races under my belt. This has been a TOUGH thing for me to jump into and learn, but it has been well worth it. I don’t know how many of you are like me, but oft times I sign up for a race and that’s “THE BIG ONE” but I don’t race leading up to it very often. This leaves me with a lot more pre-race jitters and a lot less experience than I really need overall.
  5. Got my 14 year old son Cobe involved in cycling. Has been absolutely awesome to have a partner to ride with all the time AND to watch him grow in cycling. He is becoming a cycling machine!
  6. Have talked with experts, non-experts, and everyone in-between about fueling on the bikeand have developed my strategy for just that. The races I have been in and the long rides on the weekends are helping me fine tune that.
  7. I attended the Leadville 100 MTB Camp and rode the entire Leadville course so I could become familiar with it and know what I am up against. Frankly, I want to finish in 9 hours or less and right now I will be cutting it REALLY close. I need to shave off another 30 minutes to feel great about the race, and I am getting limited on time!

So… that’s just a few things I can think of right off the top of my head. All in all it has been quite a year and I have to admit that my ambition is waning. I feel less and less like getting on my bike and riding my guts out every day and know I have GOT to make this final push to the end to accomplish my goal!

As the week unfolds I’ll be trying some new things for motivation and maybe someday down the road you’ll be in my shoes and my motivational tips & tricks will help you CRUSH IT to the end → here’s hoping it has the same effect on me. 🙂

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