My Leadville Journey, Part 2 – The Training

UPDATE: As of 8:01 PM tonight, I my lottery spot has been accepted – I’m going to Leadville in 2017!

It’s been a little over two months since my last post about my journey to The Leadville 100, and not much has changed except to say that my training has kicked into high gear. This weekend has been a little interesting – a combination of joy in completing a key 52 mile mountain bike ride and nervous energy as I sit and wait for information regarding my lottery entry. For the uninitiated, Leadville entries are gained in a number of ways: guaranteed spots for sponsors, guaranteed spots for charities, lottery entries, and earned spots (through qualifying races). And those would be in order of decreasing expense and (probably) likelihood.

The closest qualifying race for me is a 100km (62 mile) mtb race up at Whiteface Mountain, in the Adirondacks (upstate NY). No doubt a difficult race given the surrounding terrain and closeness to very large population centers filled with talented cyclists. This race is slated for 3 June, 2017 so I need to be ready to race well before Leadville in August. For reference, the winning time in my age group (M30-39) in 2016 was 4 hours and 15 minutes.

My plan is to compete in this race regardless of my success with the lottery. Training, therefore, has to keep in mind these two goals. To tackle these goals, training will be broken down into three general areas.

My Leadville Journey, Part 1

Riding more than 100 miles. At altitudes over 10,000 feet. With more than 10,000 feet of cumulative climbing. On a Mountain Bike. On my 31st birthday.

This is the Leadville 100 MTB race. And I’ll use that word “race” loosely, as for me it will be more a question of survival. There will be time checks that have to be made out on course just for the right to continue on the death march. If you cannot repair your bike, you’re out. If you accept medical aide, you’re out. Why even bother? And what exactly will go into making this a reality?

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