I have 3 weeks to cram for Chequamegon 40 MTB race! THREE. *gulp*
Yes, I have been riding a fair amount. Yes, I have been riding more than in previous years. (Only because I haven’t been running… which could make the TC10 very interesting. My longest run in the past few months has been 4 miles. Hmmmm. I digress.) BUT, I haven’t been riding grassy, steep hills on my mountain bike. The Chequamegon 40 course is mostly grassy, steep hills. AND, it is all up hill from the start.
I have committed to only riding my MTB until the race. (AND, doing a little crossfit and running too. I’m just not going to do any rides on my road bike.)
This is tough for me. I feel so sluggish on my MTB. Contrary to what Ryan can do on his MTB on the pavement, I am slow. I even have proof on Strava. My morning commute went from 16.5mph to 13.5mph average today. WTH?!
My cram sessions started yesterday. I went out to ride Lebanon Hills and did a few “fast” beginner loops and then did a few grassy hill repeats by the kiddos school. I really stink at grassy hills, especially steep ones. I know it is about power to weight ratio and keeping my butt back far enough to not have my rear tire slip. BUT, I still get intimidated and feel defeated by them. I need some cliff notes!!!
Cram sessions worked for me in college- so I am hoping for the best at this years Chequamegon 🙂
(I will be doing another crash course at running once this race is over. I think the TC10 is exactly 3 weeks after Chequamegon. YIKES!)