I compete in a few xc races a year, ranging from 25 to 45 miles. I have a history of cramping, and after looking at the nutritional side of things, I'm pretty sure the cause is more to do with how I pace myself in a race.
I know it's wrong, but I have a goal of where I would like to finish generally, and often start out way too hard (it doesn't feel hard at the time, but catches up with me latter in the race) in the hope of achieving the goal. I'm used to pushing myself at my limit, and I feel like I'm being a bit soft if it's not hurting at least a little bit when I'm racing. I'm also pretty competitive so like to do the best that I can, and if I'm not pushing myself I feel like I could be going faster.
I know I should be pacing myself better, and over these distances (races are generally 2hrs plus) I shouldn't try and take off from the get go as I can make time up later (I can do this in running events by keeping a check of my speed per hour).
In a biking race, is it possible to pace myself based on my heart rate, at least for a few races so I get an idea for the pace/feeling, and if so, can anyone let me know if there is a rough guide such as % of max heart rate? I realize heading up a hill my heart rate will increase, but I'm just looking for a general guide, to hopefully avoid a complete trial and error scenario sacrificing a few races (and entry fees which aren't cheap).
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