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    Bad to race a 4 hour one week before a 12 hour?

    Two races i'd like to do are coming up, 1st is a ~4 hour race and the following weekend there is a 12 hour race. Is one week to soon between long races? Not enough recovery time? I've been racing mtn bikes for 3 years and I never feel that beat up after long races/rides.

    This will be my 1st 12 hour solo race, would like to do ok, i'll be racing the open cat. I've done about four 6 hour races with pretty good results.

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    I did 3 6hrs like that a couple years ago. Didn't ride in between each race, boy was I hurting by the end.
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    It all depends n your fitness level and how fast can you recover........

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    Do both. Ride light in between. Recover harder than you train, maybe even pay for a leg massage. Sleep a ton. You'll do great.

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    You could use the 4 hour as a training day then rest before the 12. If you normally race long races, I would think you should be ok after going all out for 4 hours if you have a week.

    But like others said, it all depends on how you train now and your fitness level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebastian21
    It all depends n your fitness level and how fast can you recover........
    Yup... I've done a 12, a 6, and a 75mi marathon back to back. I was hurting bad by the end but I made it. I like to take 2 days off after the race, recovery ride on the 3rd day, short ride (like an hour) with a few harder efforts (to keep legs stimulated) on the 4th day, recovery ride 5th day, 6th day either a short ride w/ openers or pre-ride the course at an easy pace since it'll be a 12 hr race, then race on the 7th day! If you come in having close to peak fitness, you should be flying for the 12hr!

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    Wow, I guess I should be riding more then the 2-3 times a week that I've been doing. I might skip the ~4 hour race and just put some road miles in on that same day.

    Registation is $50, plus gas for an hour drive each way. I looked back at last years race fees, it's crazy how much I spent on just the entry fees. Plus I know I did 15-18 weekly races that I paid cash for. The 12 hour entry is $75 I already paid for. Money is a little tight, had some hospital bills I just finally paid off. Trying to build a base back up.

    I just feel like I'm in all that great of shape to be racing two times so close together.

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    Do them both with some easy recovery between. If you are in shape you will be fine. Two seasons ago on consecutive weekends I did a 12 hour, a 100-mile (fell and broke my pinky finger around mile 70 - DNFed), and another 12 hour (with my finger in a splint). Did well in both the 12-hours and was on pace for a personal best in the 100 miler. By the end of that month I was just about dead though.

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    I have done it two times last year and the year before 24 hour solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Do both. Ride light in between. Recover harder than you train, maybe even pay for a leg massage. Sleep a ton. You'll do great.

    Morgan
    I think the sleep comment is a good point. Due to my family situation I run off of around 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night. As a result my recovery time is longer than most. I find that I am perfectly primed for a long race if I do a hard 6 hour race effort two weeks before, but I couldn't be at my best for a hundo or a 24 solo one week after marathon length race.
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