Finally! The Enduro season has started!
My first enduro of the year was yesterday, Saturday, May 3rd at the first stop of the “Enduro Cup” in Moab, UT.
Goals for this race:
- Place top 5
- Begin “race” power meter research
- Test “Skratch” hydration product
- Have fun!
I encourage you to make goals for each race you attend. They are important. It doesn’t matter what they are, but right them down and see if you accomplish them. One way to do it, and it’s what I recommend what all my athletes do, is to create a “race diary” where you keep all of this pertinent data. You know… goals, results, course maps, any race notes you have, links to pics or any youtube/ go pro video you created… all the info you can use the following year, and to help you fine-tune your training.
Now, for those of you who “know” Moab, you know that whenever you go there, it’s always special, no matter the reason or length of stay! I never tire of the beauty of the place, the attitude of the people and what’s it represents to us mtn bikers!
I excitedly left Denver on Friday at noon, got to Moab by 5:15pm, and promptly went to get my registration done so that I could grab a camp spot for the night.
However, one thing I learned on this trip… of the 15 years I’ve been going to Moab to ride and race, Moab is no longer the, “hippie town” it used to be!
It’s packed now!
Yes, they’ve done a ton to improve Moab, including: improved trial riding access, which has made it safer for us riders; a new “yuppyfied” look by updating many of the store fronts of the restaurants and hotels; but more importantly, with this growth, they simultaneously stepped up their game in creating almost 100 new miles of trails!
So, since all of this has occurred in the last 5 years, it’s also brought more tourism to the town, and this WAY more people! My recommendation, If you go to Moab from now on, make sure you have a plan for overnight arrangements, because after registration, I drove around the outskirts of Moab looking for a place to camp.
Moonflower campground, full. Cane Creek (which is usually open), full. All the campgrounds, full. Luckily I met up with Mike Day, who works with me at the Big Mountain Enduro, and he and a few of his buds showed me the “Willow Creek” camp area, which is a free, camp-where-you-want-to spot about 10 miles out of town.
Once I found they’re location, we had some good grub around the campfire, and called it a night.
Saturday morning, race day. Had a good breakfast, coffee, three organic eggs, banana nut granola, a banana and a bunch of water… a great way to properly fuel the body as a foundation for the day.
After driving up to the Mag 7 areas and getting ready, it was time for the “old guy” group to roll out, of which I’m part of.
“OLD GUYS RULE!” … just saying :)
There was 18 of us in our class ranging from 40-57 year olds.
The biggest bummer, thought, was once we completed the 15 min ride from the staging area to the start of stage 1, we had to wait almost a full hour to start stage 1 of 4. Fortunately, stage 1 had the most downhill in it, and that worked out well for me, although, as the day went on, the course became more flat, and my results varied:
- Stage 1- 2nd place
- Stage 2- 8th place
- Stage 3- 9th place
- Stage 4- 5th place
Add those together for the day, and I placed 4th overall, just 10 seconds behind my buddy Daniel Dunn from Enduro-mtb Magazine… darn it!
Cool thing was, I know there were certain sections of “laziness” that I put in, so I know I could’ve podium’d if I were to have tried a bit harder! Good lesson on a ‘cross-country’ type enduro courses, “pedal your ass off!”
In the end, it was a great 30 hour Moab, enduro-race trip, and I’m excited about my results!
Here are some of the power meter reading from the respective stages:
- Stage 1- Max power- 1139 watts/ MHR- 175 BPM
- Stage 2- Max power- 1009 watts/ MHR 174-BPM
- Stage 3- Max power- 858 watts/ MHR 174 BPM
- Stage 4- Max power- 973 watts/ MHR 175 BPM
As I come into my power phase of my training over the next 4 weeks or so, I know these numbers will go up.
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