Hey Jason- I understand you're headed to worlds, as I am as well; I've done about 1/2 dozen multi days (cbt, rtnx, happy mutant). This will be my first time to the BIG show! I'd like to pick your brain and experience for a moment, if you'd be kind enough to share. First, I wonder if I should train as usual or look at increasing above normal my training for worlds? I guess the question is if it's much harder, ect.... Normally, I work up to mid 25-28ish hours/wk for a multi. what is your biggest workout week (hours) leading into a race like worlds?
Secondly, what two pieces of advice/suggestions would you give to someone doing worlds for the first time? :-)
Thanks ahead of time....Phil N. s-chasers
Hey Phil. It's been a busy few days. I'll reply back with my opinion later this weekend hopefully. I don't think you're plan is too far off.
Finally have a few minutes after the race last weekend to put some thoughts together. I'll address your comments in the order you asked them.
Training- 26-28 hrs for your max week is pretty solid, I wouldn't try to add more, that will be my highest week totals coming up. I think getting in two long days per week back to back is key if possible where you put together some longer efforts. The other days of the week should be shorter efforts with a focus on quality/technique.
I've only been to one ARWC and that was last year so I don't have a lot to compare to but I expect this year's race to be more of a race than an adventure based on Craig's comments. I interpret that to mean higher speeds in each discipline wiith reasonably straight-forward legs that have been well-vetted.
Two words of advice as requested-
1- Dial in everything beforehand as much as possible. Have a plan for food, calories, water purification, practice transitions (bike box assembly/disassembly) before you get there. Once you're there time goes so fast. With 100 teams there you will always be near someone so every minute wasted counts. Leave nothing to chance.
2- Allow for a decent taper, 10 days of lower volume but same intensity. Have fun!
Awesome, thanks for the tips. I'll definitely follow your advice; this is the basic concept of what my gut is saying, but had no good experience really to use as a reference. I appreciate your thoughts with working outs , and on leaving nothing to chance.
Thanks again, and we'll see ya down under.