Thursday, July 5, 2007

Leadville Training Update, Part II

I am excited to announce, dearest fans and casualest readers, that I now consider myself trained well enough to ride the Leadville 100 in under 12 hours. I refuse to end the previous sentence with an exclamation mark because I haven't actually completed the race yet. I just think I'm ready. Big difference! Here are the things I'm doing to get ready for the August 11 race:

Riding to and from work

I continue to ride my bike to work, only with a twist or two. I usually work in the office four days a week. On two of those days, I ride in casually, and then I do "bursts" on the way home. Burst riding is just what it sounds like. After I warm up, I'll pick an open stretch, shift into the highest gear, and sprint as hard as I can for about 45 seconds. Then I'll back off. When I get closer to home, I'll ride hard up several hills, backing off only when I get dizzy. On the other two days, I'll take a longer route in one of the directions so that I get in a 2-hour ride with a long climb -- at least by Seattle standards -- at the end.

Long weekend rides

Wendy and I take turns watching the boys on the weekend. On Saturday, she goes out and shops, sees a movie, gets a massage or hairdo -- that kind of thing. On Sunday, I go on a 4-5 hour bike ride and spend the rest of the day complaining about being tired. Earlier this year, riding just 30 miles would cause me to complain about tiredness for a couple of days. The first time I did a 70-mile ride this year, I spent four days complaining. A couple of weeks ago, the same 70-mile ride only wiped me out only for the rest of the day. By the way, I'm really looking forward to this Fall, when I can sit on a couch on "my" day and watch football. That's a lot more rewarding than cycling. Or just about anything else.


The training has been going reasonably well, but dieting has been my downfall. When I started training in March, I weighed 190 pounds. Now I weigh 178. That's not bad, but I was hoping to be closer to 170. Leadville has several large climbs, so the extra weight makes it just that much harder.

You want to know what my biggest problem is? Honesty. That's right. And kindness. Whenever Wendy asks me if I want a cupcake she bought for me at the cupcake store (yes, West Seattle has a cupcake store), I say "Yes" because it's the honest thing to say. I do want a cupcake. I do, I do, I do! To say no would be to lie, and it would be unkind to reject the cupcake after Wendy's kind thought. If my character weren't so noble, I'd probably weigh 158.


  1. AnonymousJuly 06, 2007

    It looks like we'll know who to blame if you don't finish Leadville in under 12 hours.

    I'm no trainer or anything, but I'd say those 45 second bursts are excellent training for a 100 mile bike race. I mean there's no sense in going into Leadville over-trained.

  2. If you'd ever ridden Leadville, Mr Botched, you'd know that the key to the race is the final uphill to the finish line, which takes about 45 seconds. If I play my cards right, I can call on the muscle memory developed from bursting to vault from 489th place to 486th. Every little bit helps.

  3. Why do the one's we love sabbatage our goals ? And do it with a straight face ? When I remind my wife not to offer junk food and sugar ladden soda to our NFL offensive tackle-sized daughter, see replys with the old you souldn't leave her out while the rest have it. Of course you can't, but if she was a heroin addict, would we be giving her Horse and needles. I think not.My wife loves to bake, but non one in our house should be eating all that sugar and fat. What do you do ?


  4. AnonymousJuly 06, 2007

    From what I've heard, to be an official finisher at Leadville (under 12 hours) is a pretty lofty goal. You'll be as high as 12,600 feet, and never below 9,200.

    Now I'm no expert, but it seems like to be truly ready you'll have to:

    1) Acclimate yourself to the thin air. Can you train with a clear plastic bag around your head during your bursts?

    2) Send away for some Vitamin S.

    3) Save a few of those cupcakes back for carbo-loading just before the race.

  5. AnonymousJuly 06, 2007

    can we get something straight? not called "bursts"!

    they're called Intervals. INTERVALS

    hey, Alpine, UT has a cupcake store. i can't go in there because it makes my balls shrivel up in to my solar plexus.

  6. AnonymousJuly 06, 2007

    Oh well, dug, I didn't realize that you were so into training and going to get all technical on us. Yes, when you call them "intervals" it does seem like training, but I got the feeling Bob wasn't doing "Intervals" he was doing "interval".