I’m back from MTB Marathon Nationals near Augusta, GA, and while my weekend didn’t quite go as planned, I am happy that I raced. I had to call it a day after the first 30 miles with a hip/leg issue. I didn’t want to get another 10, 15, or 20 miles in and risk injury. I put in a lot of time preparing for this race, and although I didn’t finish, I did come out of the race with some positives. My cardio fitness is very good for this early in my season. My technical riding is very good, and that’s after not being able to spend too much time riding trails with all out snow we’ve had this year. My time in from the first 30 miles was very close to my plan (within 10 minutes). And my Hammer Nutrition fueling plan was right on for me, for my ultra-endurance events. I fueled with a 3 to 1 mix of Perpetuem to Heed and took Race Caps Supreme, Anti-Fatigue Caps, Endurotytes Extreme every hour. Other than my leg issue, I felt great.
Next on my race agenda…The New York State MTB Series kicks off in three weeks with the William’s Lake Classic. I follow that the following week with the first of two Leadville Race Series events that I will be racing, the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K event.