I ended my race season last year in August with the Leadville 100 MTB. It was an OK day and I rallied to break 8 hours after suffering and having bad legs most of the day. In September I did my first gravel race, The Crippler. I didn’t do any specific training for it and just had fun… and it got me hooked and on the path I am now. For the rest of August through October I just did aerobic riding and got back to lifting regularly… something I neglected a lot over the summer. This put me in a good place to actually start “training” in November.
To get ready for Dirty Kanza I reached out to my good friend Cody Waite (Sessions:6). 2017 was my year back just racing my bike since 2012 and I got my fitness back to a good place on my own but wanted to pushed/held back this year. I followed the Sessions:6 Off-season training program. It was 24 weeks of 2 x structured bike intervals and 2 x strength sessions each week. The rest of the days were filled with aerobic miles and big gear work on the bike and jogging with our dogs. With each four week block the focus of the bike workouts changed. Our goal for me was “Fatigue Resistance” with specific bike and strength work. Ultra endurance races are not typically one by who is the fastest but by who slows down the least… or who is the most fatigue resistance.