I think I know the answer to this but it's nice to get opinions:
12hr local night race coming up in 6 or so weeks which I want to do well at as it's my home turf.
I'm in good form having ridden and raced a lot this year and have just had a couple of weeks off the bike to enjoy eating, sleeping and generally being a normal human being with my family. Looking forward to throwing myself back into training for this event and a couple of short xc events around the same time.
Would you agree that curbing my enthusiasm and not just riding everywhere flat out and dividing my sessions into:
4-6hr road and off road, but at a moderate and conservative pace i.e. zone 2
1-1.5hr interval sessions (much pain and sweating)
would be the best way to arrive at the race on fine form?
I inadvertently did this earlier in the season by completing a two day stage race with a mate at enjoy the mountains pace (av HR 130bpm over 14hrs) then 'accidentally' doing a 6hr race at flat out pace on my own two weeks later. Felt the best ever during the second race and did well and most importantly didn't cramp despite an av HR around 170bpm
I must add that my normal training style which has also been working well is to simply ride everywhere as fast as I can and play a lot in the woods with my buddies.
As you can probably tell I like to make sure I'm having fun on my bike but include pushing myself to my limits in the fun catagory.
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