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    Can I do a 12 hour race?

    I'm considering doing a 12 hour race in mid September. Now I've never done an endurance ride like that but I have come from a triathlon background (races of ~5 hours) and have a couple Xterra/mtb races under my belt (~2 hrs of racing). My question is, can I do it? I'm not expecting to shock the world or anything, just looking to be competitive in the sport division (categories are Expert/Elite, Sport, SS, then masters and juniors) and have a good time. Thoughts?

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    Can I do a 12 hour race?

    You seem to have an affinity for doing events longer than your typical boring nfl game, so I say go for it! You have plenty of time to train!

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    +1 Tons of time for training. Spend a lot of hours on the bike.
    I'm a mountain bike guide in southwest Utah

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinShoes View Post
    My question is, can I do it? . Thoughts?

    Of course you can, spend lots of time in the saddle.

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    Thanks for the input. I figured it'd be best to consult people more familiar with it before I attempt something this big. Any tips on training/nutrition/etc would be really helpful. I'll let you guys know how it goes. Thanks!

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    Sounds like you should be fine. And 12 hours isn't a long time if you just take it easy and aim to finish. If you want to do well its a different story though.
    "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional"

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    Yes you have lots of time and you have already done some racing,in most 12 and 24 hour races you're not going to get different classis. +1 to what everyone else has said and READ ALOT! and talk to someone at the bike shop or shops near you and find somebody thats already done a few 12/24 hr solos and ask if you can train with them.
    You will learn alot by just getting out there and doing it, this is going to be my 10th year I'm 52.5 yrs old it's so fun doing the 24s ridng at night

    Here are a few links that might help you,I use a few hammer products, for my drink mix I like the half evil 333.
    Joe Friel
    Fuels & Supplements for the Endurance Athlete | Hammer Nutrition

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    Lots of great articles on I learned a lot on long distance racing on that site.

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    Have fun storming the castle.

    But the question "Can I xxx" doesn't really get relevant for these things until it's only two months out or something. You've got six months to prepare.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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