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    big daddy
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    Nov 2004

    1st timer

    Fellas, I would like some feedback. I've been mtn. biking for 2+years, entered 3 races. Am intrigued by the 12 hr, 24 hr, 100 races and have been thinking about trying one. What type of shape do you have to be in? I'm 45, in fairly decent shape, etc. Thinking about trying 2 races a year or so? Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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    Team Weak & Feeble
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    Sep 2004

    24 hr race

    One thought is to give a 24 hr race a shot on a 4 or 5 person team. You get the exposure to the event without committing to doing it solo before you know what you signed on for.

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    Reputation: alizbee's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    A good way to jump in to the endurance foray is to try a lap formatted race. 6 or 12 hour races are a nice placeto start. If things go badly you can stop at the start/finish area. Depending on the course, a 100 miler can also be a good place to start.

    As far as fitness goes, it is hard to say. Everyone is different. I'd pick the event you want to do, then design all your riding to lead up to that event. Do a few rides that you consider long and then build up from there. I am no coach, but this is the appraoch I took when I was getting ready to do my first endurance race, and it worked out well.
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