Quick Blog on the latest haps….
Last weekend was HUGE for DART-nuun and it’s team members. Cyril Jay-Rayon, Ryan VanGorder and Jen Segger won the Explore the West 24-hour adventure race in Southern Nevada. A race that Cyril, a very experienced adventure racer said “was the toughest 24 hour adventure race I’ve ever done”... not a real suprise knowing the race was put on by Team Sole's Paul Romero and Karen Lundren. In Oregon DART-nuun team members Glenn Rogers and Aaron Rinn won the US 24-hour Rogaining National Championship – smoking the competition and clearing the course of all CheckPoints but one! Lastly, Krissy Moehl and I won the 8-hour US Rogaining National Championship. TRIOBA Sprint Adventure Race in Ellensburg, WA. The TRIOBA adventure races are the local Washington adventure series put on by the Yeager brothers. Great guys, great races = great training. This photo is DART-nuun Team Members Tyler Patterson, Jen Vangorder (1st place 2-person category), RVG, Cyril, Seegs and myself (1st place 4 person coed).
This week I actually get to taper for the NORBA Northwest 24-hour Solo Mtn Bike Championship. I can't wait for it to be here. 24-hour mtn bike races are tough work, very very punishing on your body. My goal this year at Spokane is to at least beat the amount of laps I rode last year and break my personal record of 238 mtn bike miles in 24 hours - I figure if I can do that then I will place well. Last year this was the NORBA Nationals and I rode 17 laps, could have ridden 18 but I didn't need to bother to secure 6th place. So as long as I get more than 18 laps this year I will consider it a success.
Some Basic Taper Principles I try to follow:
· 60-90% reduction in training volume
· Cyclists and runners reduce or even eliminate high-intensity effort
· Eliminate weight training
· Two days before the event take a rest day - no training at all
· The day before do some speed bursts during your easy level 1 session
Flipping through an old notebook today I found this quote I had written in it: “The limits you are living with right now, in every aspect of your existence, have been created by your mind."