First off, I want to wish everyone going up to Boggs a great race! I’m really bummed to not be making the trip with you this year.
For those of you who haven’t done this event before, or even if you have, I want to give you all a few words of advice from someone who has done this a few times.
– First off, pacing yourself is super important. Do NOT pace yourself for a single 6 mile lap and count on recovering for the next one. I highly suggest you back off somewhat on your first lap. If you find that you haven’t pushed hard enough, you will have lots of time to push later on. If you go too hard early, you will not be enjoying the rest of the day. Guaranteed. Once you get into your second lap, you are going to have a much better sense of whether or not you can go a little harder, or maybe you’ve hit it about right. It is hard to let a faster rider pull away from you when you are holding back and know you “could” keep up with them. But either that rider is faster than you and is pulling away despite holding back also, OR they are going too hard and will pay for it later.
– In between laps I have a routine. First thing, I roll up to the car, clean and lube my chain (every lap!), then if anything else has been bothering me on my bike I will look into it then. If you have a problem, you want the most time possible to deal with it.
– After taking care of my bike, I eat. Every break. I like to get a mix of protein, and complex carbs. I avoid sugars, GUs etc. I personally like things like cottage cheese, yogurt, bagels, protein shakes, and PB&J sandwiches. You know better than I do what foods are okay for your own stomach.
– Know how fast your teammates are doing their laps so you know about how much time you have. This is hard on the first lap. Try to arrive at the start about 5 minutes before you think they will finish their lap. About 15 minutes before I think I need to be at the start (20 minutes before I expect them to actually arrive) I start riding around slowly. Just getting my legs moving and the blood flowing. This isn’t really a warmup. You don’t need to do much. Sometimes this can be done near the start so you can keep an eye and ear out for your teammate. Don’t tire yourself out warming up.
Drink a lot in between laps. Drink just before your start. Use fluid replacement additives with electrolytes etc. You will be losing everything during the course of the day. Think about your salt intake. Don’t carry more water than you will need for a 6 mile lap.
For what it’s worth, when I would do the two man team, we would get in about 6 laps each. My third or fourth lap was usually my hardest. The end seems really far away and my legs felt bad and sometimes started to cramp. Then I would feel BETTER on the later laps. I don’t know why, but don’t despair if you aren’t feeling good mid race. It happens.
UPDATE: The laps at Wente are supposed to be in the 11 mile range. This means that a rider on a three person team should plan on riding three laps, though the first rider(s) on the faster teams could get in a fourth lap and the late starters on some teams may end up with only two.
HAVE FUN and don’t take the whiskey shots on the back of the course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!