Breck Epic starts in less than 2 days. 6 days, 240 miles, 37,000 feet of climbing. Most of it over 10,000 feet. One should be prepared to even think about attempting this.
I have known since late April that Randy and I were racing this together in the duo-coed category. It’s a little more than just a random race for us. We were training for the Breck Epic in 2010 when I found out I was pregnant with Axel. We had to drop out a month before. When the promoter heard about Axel’s death he opened the invitation to come back and race this year. It seemed like fun and challenging goal to keep us focused over the summer.
But the summer went fast.
I rode a lot in May but it was mostly base miles. Those miles you are suppose to build up from Dec-March. I did that in May.
On June 1st I planned to get serious with an 11 week training plan that was filled with long hours, intervals and drills. But I lasted 1 week. June hit me hard physically and emotionally. I still managed to ride my bike a lot but not with any plan and definitely no intervals or speed work.
Finally, July was a success. I was able to get in quality training all month and figure out a nutrition plan. I’ll post more on that later but I went to a nutritionist that specializes in athletes where I learned a lot about what to do and not do for my personal health. I also discovered Skratch Labs and The Feed. These three things have given me much more confidence about being able to perform, or at least not bonk or dehydrate, due to nutrition.
But this last week I only got in 3 hours on the bike–and that was all on Sunday. It was suppose to be a rest week but instead it was filled with some kind of full body ache virus and other personal stuff that has thrown me into a physical, emotional and mental hole. Not the place I want to be with less than 48 hours to go.
But the wonderful thing about mountain biking is that it’s just plain fun to escape on your bike and be surrounded by the mountains. Colorado + Breckenridge = mountain bike heaven. Even when racing I can soak it all in and feel blessed to be out there. I have 6 days to be outside and do nothing but pedal my bike. How can I not be excited about that!
So while I failed on some of my race prep I’m determined to not fail at staying confident and trusting I have what it takes to get this done. Racing for me means getting in before each days cut off time and finishing the entire 6 days — hopefully with a smile.
I will try to report on our progress throughout the week so check back.