OK, I may be overthinking all this, and I sound like an idiot, but I'm diong my first race and I am curious if I should stick to what I'm doing and I'll be fine or if I should step it up a bit over the next couple weeks.
I'm in the 225# range, clyde class in cat 3 since its my first race. It'll only be an 8.5 mile loop, mostly flat from what I've read, I'll be riding it the first time next Saturday.
Currently I ride a minimum of 5 times a week, sometimes every day in a week, and I have 2 routes I normally do.
-My normal weekday evening ride is to a 6.1 man made trail maintained by the local club (DORBA here in Dallas) and its 1.4 miles from my house. I live in a hilly area so I ride my bike there, ddo the trails, and back home for a 9 mile trip in about 40-45 minutes.
-The first 1.5-2 miles of the trail I ride is all climbing, then about 1.5 mile back down, then twisty single track for the rest.
-I normally run one water bottle with a 50/50 mix of gatorade and water, and lately I have been doing this ride in 100+ degree temps. I ride there, get a splash of drink, do the trails, kill the bottle, and ride home.
Once or twice a week I do a larger trail network, about 15 miles, mostly flat with more obstacles, and we may do half and stop for a breather and a bottle, and finish the other half.
Am I going to be plenty good for this "candyass" 8.5 first race or should I consider pushing my rides further, increasing my stamina, to maintain a higher average speed, etc.
I dont have thoughts I'm going to finish top 3 in this thing but I'd like to finish in the top half of the field.
Any feedback or comments are appreciated.
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