hay yall, hows it goin?
well i have my 1st race comming up and im pretty excited ( its the 2nd last race of the season so im a bit of a late starter....) Im only riding in the lowest grade so im not expecting to get whipped, but neither am i expecting to win. Just got a couple of questions i thought i mite run past some of you....
given that the race is on a sunday, and i normally ride monday - friday + 1nce on the weekend, when should i taper off for the race? I was thinking maybee do a light 1 1/2 hour recovery ride friday nite, then day off sat, then race sunday? is that the way its normally done?
Also given that its a low grade race, its only going to be 12 K, and not too hilly but pretty techy. normally i train with a HRM ( i train on a roadie) , does anyone use a HRM in a MTB race? if so what HR zones are you pushing in the race, or do you jsut go on percieved effort? i have this fear of going out too hard and dying in the ass at the end, but i also dont want to take it too easy and leave my run too late. i guess some of these things come with expereince?
ok, 3rd and final qestion. i normally ride with a camel back, would 500 ml of water be ok? ( its winter here in Sydney) id carry a bottle, but given the course is techy i cant see myself having a chance to have time to get the bottle onand off the rail.
anyhows thanks in advance for any hints and suggestions!