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    Luck with back-to-back medium rides vs long rides?

    There are a few weekends where I should be doing 5 hour training rides for SM100, but where there are also shorter XC races going on I'd like to contest.

    Have y'all who do XC and endurance had luck modifying training to accomodate weekend XC races? For instance going straight out for a ride immediately following your race (ugh sounds hard) or doing another 3 hour ride the next day? I'm assuming a total of 3 hours ride time in an XC race when taking into account warmup / cooldown.

    Have people tried this and felt they've come up short on endurance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jared_j View Post
    There are a few weekends where I should be doing 5 hour training rides for SM100, but where there are also shorter XC races going on I'd like to contest.

    Have y'all who do XC and endurance had luck modifying training to accomodate weekend XC races? For instance going straight out for a ride immediately following your race (ugh sounds hard) or doing another 3 hour ride the next day? I'm assuming a total of 3 hours ride time in an XC race when taking into account warmup / cooldown.

    Have people tried this and felt they've come up short on endurance?
    Long rides after short races are quite common for road racers trying to build endurance. Works like a charm.

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    +1 on low-intensity riding after a race, just make sure you're fed/rehydrated after your earlier efforts.

    I've had luck with xc and short track races while training for 12/24hr races. Honestly, one of my favorite workouts is our weekly short track series.
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