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Aug 12, 2014
In yesterday's blog I gave a race recap from the 2014 race and mentioned I would follow-up with a frank discussion about training and racing the Leadville 100. Before starting into training and racing points, it's worth mentioning that in a previous blog, I listed training resources available for the Leadville 100, including a course description, key training elements, an interview with Dave Wiens, and a few other links to help you on your training and racing journey. I will say that in the resource blog, I did omit two columns: Altitude Training for Athletic Success: Part 1 and Part...
Aug 11, 2014
This year marked my 10th Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. My priority goals for the race were: Ride safe, stay upright and finish. Finish under 12 hours. Finish under 10 hours. You might read the list and have questions. For example, people would hear goal number one and say, "Of course you'll finish!" No. That's not a given. For this year, 2014, I had fitness equal to or slightly better than last year. My best time was last year at 10:01:19. Fitness on race morning, check. On Thursday prior to the race, I'm aware of one racer that overcooked a...
Jul 30, 2014
If all goes well, I will complete my 10th Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race this year. In the last 15 years, I've coached and helped several racers successfully complete the race and others have achieved PRs (personal records). All of this experience can help you too. If you are racing this year or plan to race the event in the future, here are a few last minute tips that might help: Altitude. If you are arriving shortly before the race, one of the first things you will notice is that your breathing is labored and any small effort – like...
Feb 27, 2014
Comments from a mountain biker that successfully completed the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race: Gale is a great coach! She took time to get to know me, the goals that I had and the time that I had to commit based on all of the other areas of my life. She built plans that worked with my schedule and pushed me to new levels of fitness. She was always there if I had questions about my training and about strategies for events. Gale offered the right amount of encouragement to keep me on track and make it across...