My LT100 Race Prep Plan

My LT100 Race Prep Plan

With my first bit of early season racing done & dusted (Epic Rides Whiskey Off-Road & USAC Marathon Nationals), I’ve reached a transition point in my season. With such early early-season targets this year, I basically raced off of my Base Builder Program for my first little peak of my season. After three weeks of tapering, traveling, and racing in late April/early May, upon return home I took a week off of training to recuperate and prepare mentally for my next big block of training and racing that is on the way.


My “A” race for 2018 is the Leadville 100. Along the way I will race a handful of other events, but the LT100 is priority #1. After my week off last week, I’m ready to dig into a big block of training to build my endurance and race preparation training. You can get the full run down of my Race Prep Programming in a previous post. The LT100 is an Ultra-Marathon distance event so the S:6 Stock Plan would be a 12-week buildout; however I will make some small adjustments around the stock plan to fit my other racing targets, life schedule, and personal preferences. This is perfect example of where our S:6 Custom Training Plans come in handy.

My personal program will look like this:

  • 8 Week Training Block

  • 1.5 Week Recovery/Family Vacation

  • 1.5 Week Final Endurance Build

  • 2 Week Taper


8 Week Training Block

Coming off my Base Builder Program a few weeks back, the next 8 weeks are focused on Race Preparation. From here I will dig into four 2-week mini-blocks of descending intensity and building endurance. I’ll start with Anaerobic Power intervals, then Vo2 Max intervals, then 32:00 power Anaerobic Threshold intervals, and finally 64:00 power Anaerobic Threshold intervals. As the intensity side descends my endurance rides will extend. Also incorporated in the 2-week blocks will be twice weekly strength sessions the first four weeks, and once weekly in the second 4 weeks as races are added in.

As the weeks progress, my training will become more and more race specific as I progress from high-intensity to more moderate intensity while simultaneously extending endurance. The first 4 weeks will be focused fully on training. The second 4 weeks will include a weekly race that fits in well with the intended energy system training demands:

  • GoPro Games XC

  • Bailey Hundito

  • Crested Butte 40

  • Firecraker 50 (duo)

  • Silver Rush 50

Following this big build of training and racing I will be ready for a bit of recovery. I have a family vacation slotted in there with a road trip to visit Kathy’s family in Michigan. Some light riding and strength training will a part of the mix, but the 11 days will serve as a bit of decompression from the previous 8 weeks of big effort.

Final 4 Weeks to Peak

Coming back from vacation I will jump into a final push of big endurance rides. Getting the most race specific training for the 100 mile endurance demands of my target race: big long rides in the mountains!

After this 10-day endurance block, I’ll do the Leadville Stage Race, two weeks before my target event. This race works great by providing me 3 days of high intensity racing to “rev the engine”, so to speak, and get the HR up to racing levels before tapering into the big day. From here it is primarily recovering and sharpening up over the final two weeks prior to race day.

So that’s the plan, and if it goes accordingly, with weather and luck on my side, I hope to ride a sub-7 hour race in Leadville on August 11th.


Cody Waite, Professional Off-Road Endurance Athlete & Coach
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2018 XCM National Champs Report

2018 XCM National Champs Report

My “early season target” event was indeed early this last weekend in the woods of Arkansas. The 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Race was my first race as a 40-year-old Masters athlete. Entering my 40th year of life, I’ve been enjoying putting more and more of my daily efforts into other areas of my life alongside my own training and racing. Running a business, coaching, family, and kids training & racing have been extremely rewarding. Being a competitive person, and one that enjoys the pursuit of health and fitness, I’m not ready to put my own racing down for good, but stepping back to high level age-group racing provides plenty of competition and motivation to keep my standards high.

The long distance course in Arkansas was certainly a challenging one.

One 4 mile “start loop”, followed by two 23 mile laps of tight, twisty, rocky single track required intense focus and nearly nonstop pedaling for the 3+ hours of planned racing. Total elevation gain was moderate, but with all of it coming as short punchy climbs or less obvious shallow twisting grinds, the course kept racing pretty darn challenging. In addition, starting several waves back on the start grid and having to work through traffic on course is something new to add to the challenge of Masters MTB racing.

Race morning was cool and clear. Pre-race routine was set and executed. The race plan was to sit second or third wheel for the first 27+ miles and feel out the competition and pace. Then from there, assessing when and where to try and make a move to get away. With the gun going off, things settled in for the opening three miles on the road before really getting lit up as we entered the single track.

The 40-year-old field may not be as deep the Pro field, but the pointy end is just as sharp!


My plan was intact through the first full lap as I sat in second with the leader in sight with 20+ miles to go. Races rarely ever go as planned, and unfortunately my plans began to unravel halfway around the second lap. I begin to feel my hands and elbows getting fatigued, almost like a tendonitis or arthritis type feeling. Then my pace began to drop and as I lost sight of the lead, I also struggled to keep my bike on the rocky trail. I chalked it up to some late-race fatigue and something I would bounce back from, after some calories and hydration, like I’ve experienced in the past.

Unlike previous experiences however, I wasn’t coming back. Rather continuing to fade backwards as riders in my group began to catch and pass me. I was getting frustrated mainly because the first 30+ miles I was riding so well and railing the single track, to now find myself seemingly unable to even stay on the trail! Once back to about 7th or 8th pace and grip strength diminishing, I decided to stop to gather myself. I stretched out my hands and back, squeezed my tires to check pressure, and pushed on my suspension for squish.

No squish was found on my fork.

I took a closer look and saw that my left fork seal had blown off and was at the top of the stanchion. I tried continuing on some more, but my motivation had vanished and I honestly felt like I was in the way, having to let riders go around me until I called it a day at a road crossing at mile 43. Post race I learned that loss of air in one chamber of the fork can create pressure to build and blow off fork seals. Then more air can be lost and the imbalance causes the fork to “lock out” and/or become basically inoperable. On a different course, perhaps not a race ending disaster, but on this nearly entirely rocky single track course, without a fully functioning fork you don’t stand a chance.

It’s never a good feeling to DNF a race. Thankfully I’ve only had to a very few times over my 20+ year racing career. The thoughts going through your head as you make your back to the start area are full of mixed emotions with disappointment being the primary. Mechanicals, crashes, mistakes of all kinds, and disappointment are a big part of racing. I try not to dwell on the negative for too long, but rather just long enough to evaluate and learn from the incident to hopefully not allow it to happen again in the future.

All said and done, overall it was good experience and one that I hope to have another crack at in the future. In the meantime, after a short recovery break, it will be back to an 8 week block of training and racing, building up towards my primary goal of my 2018 season in the Leadville 100 MTB later this summer. More on this to come!


Written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Sessions:6 Sport Performance. Looking for help with your endurance sport training? Check out S:6’s Training Plans, Team Programs, and  Personal Coaching options created to fit your needs and budget.




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The S:6 Base Builder Program: Onto Race Prep…

The S:6 Base Builder Program: Onto Race Prep…

We wrapped up our 2018 off-season Base Builder Program with Block 6 at the end of April.

Our “in-house” athletes that stuck it out for the full six month program experienced some solid gains in off-bike strength and on-bike power, both on the aerobic end and the anaerobic end. In fact, every single rider saw improvements to the tune of 12-36% at estimated FTP, with a “class average” of 23%. Boom!

You can read the full the run down of our annual off-season Base Builder program by clicking the series of links above. With Spring here and race season is in full effect, what do we do next? With your solid strength and aerobic base established, it’s time to get more race specific and dial your training in with in-season Race Prep training.



Through our Base Builder Program we build fitness up. We start at the low end of the energy system chain focused on low-intensity aerobic training combined with technique work on the bike, and the early (lighter) form-focused resistance training in the gym. From here we build our base through gradual progression of intensity through increasing intensity with each successively higher energy system, and gradual increase in resistance training loads.

  1. Aerobic Endurance/Technique, “all day” power (4+ hours)

  2. Aerobic Threshold (AeT), “2 hour” power

  3. Anaerobic Threshold, 32:00-64:00 power

  4. Vo2 Max, 8:00-16:00 power

  5. Anaerobic Power, 1:00-4:00 power

  6. Peak Power, 0:05-0:30 power

Once we reach the top-end on-bike energy system, Peak Power, we also reach peak loads and movement speeds in the gym. This signals the completion of base training, and we’re now ready to get more race specific with our training. Following our Race Prep Programming, we then build fitness outwards towards our goal event(s). From here we take a “reverse periodization” approach to programming by progressively working backwards, back down the energy system chain of intensities (reverse order from Base Build Program).

How far down the energy system chain do we go? It’s event demand dependent…

  1. Anaerobic Power: short criteriums, short track MTB (<45 minutes)

  2. Vo2 Max: cyclocross, longer criteriums, short punchy XC MTB, Enduro MTB, short time trials (30-90 minutes)

  3. Anaerobic Threshold: long time trials, hill climbs, climbing XC MTB, Sprint & Olympic Triathlon, XTERRA, climbing road races (1-3 hours)

  4. Aerobic Threshold: marathon MTB racing, 70.3 Triathlon, long road races, gravel races (3-5 hours)

  5. Aerobic Endurance: ultra-distance events (6+ hours)

Depending on your target race duration and primary energy system demands, we get more specific with the programming by essentially backing out the intensity while simultaneously building the endurance required for longer and longer events as intensity levels decline. Training blocks in Race Prep typically are 2-3 weeks with 3-6 sessions that emphasize the target energy system.

Simultaneously we continue the resistance training within the weekly micro-cycles. However in Race Prep the gym work becomes maintenance based to allow for continued develop of on-bike fitness. However we do not want to drop the off-bike resistance training all together because it gets lost far too quickly. This results in a decrease in muscular activation, muscular balance, and overall movement health.

Stay strong, stay healthy, and be ready for continued off-season strength building for the next season by maintaining your gym work year round!



As mentioned above, the length of your Race Prep plan is event-demands dependent. Simply put, shorter more powerful events require a shorter Race Prep build (and can be repeated several times for multiple events over a period of several weeks); whereas longer endurance based events more time to back out the intensity and build the endurance is required. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Events UNDER 2 Hours: 3-6 weeks

  • Events between 2-5 Hours: 4-8 weeks

  • Events OVER 5 hours: 8-12 weeks

Keep in mind these are training blocks required for your “peak form” for a top-priority event. Other lower-priority events can (and should) be included along the way within the planning. You can race quite well upon completion of our Base Builder Program, and even more so anywhere within the Race Prep programming. While racing every weekend is not recommended, racing every other or third week can be very effective.

Below are some links to our Mountain Bike line of Race Prep Training Plans. Each provides a look into what three progressions of event duration can look like. Each plan follows a 2-week block format and includes a 2-week taper into the target event:


As your target races of your season approach, have your training become more and more race-like: terrain, intensities, climate, and equipment should all be focused on for your best raceday performance.

With an effective Race Prep plan you can make the most of your training time and reach top form for your most important events. Good luck and have fun!


Cody Waite, Professional Off-Road Endurance Athlete & Coach
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Cody’s 2018 Base Build: Block 6 Recap

Cody’s 2018 Base Build: Block 6 Recap

I made it (along w/ 40 other athletes I’m training in our 2018 S:6 Base Build Program)! 

The sixth and final block of my off-season Base Build has been completed. 24 weeks of progressive building of fitness over the off-season has brought my Base fitness to a solid platform for my 2018 season. Now it’s time to race! Of which, I’ve already done with the Epic Rides Whiskey Off-Road event last weekend (full recap here). 

You can get the full explanation of Block 6 (and others) in previous posts. The gist is that we bring the energy system chain to a peak, with our heaviest weight lifting attempts and peak-power “sprinting” intervals on the bike. The concept with our Base Build Program is to start on the low-end of the energy system spectrum with basic aerobic & skill development. From here, each block takes the athlete through progressively higher energy systems as fitness builds: Aerobic Threshold, Anaerobic Threshold, Vo2 Max, Anaerobic Power, and finally Peak Power. Along the way we build off-bike strength & power in the gym, and endurance with longer outdoor rides within the week. Read about it all here.


After the first strength peak in Block 3, in Block 4 we reduced the weight lifting volume (number reps) significantly to allow for more stability and plyometric work. A second low-volume strength build was included in the routine and I was pleased to continue to make strength gains despite the slight change of focus.  

I was able to increase both my max Squat & Deadlift by about 10% over January maxes. Reaching 200 lbs. (from 185) and 225 lbs. (from 205), respectively. These both matched my previous all-time PRs in the lifts from 2015. Pretty stoked. Also eager to maintain this strength through the race season, so I can continue to improve my strength in 2019. Overall, I’m feeling strong & healthy going into my racing season. 


On the bike it was Sprint time! Now those that know me, know that I can’t sprint out of a wet paper bag. Never have, and never really will. A clear weakness! So while sprint training is not something I enjoy (or do much of), I do like the efforts for a few weeks each season this time of year to at least give it a go. 

With my improved strength off the bike, and a little technique work, I did see some minor improvements in my top-end power….

    • Max 0:10 power of 795w (outdoors)

    • Max 0:05 power of 935w (outdoors)

    • Peak “max” power of 1373w (indoors)

I’m not planning to win any sprints any time soon, but rather increase my “starting point” of power production on the bike. The higher I can get it, while maintaining a low Fatigue Rate, the faster I get across all energy system power outputs. This was seen in improvements in my recent power test, including a PR 1:00 power (more on that below). 


I was able to hit some long rides during this block, but due to weather and traveling a bit, they were more of an “every other week” kinda thing. I did get some bigger ones in to the tune of 6+ hours twice and 5 hours twice over the block. Everything else was more in the 3-4 hour range. I feel that with my endurance background I don’t need to do a lot of long rides (especially like I did in my younger days). I can now rely on that lifetime base and know that with just a few long rides I can be ready for most racing endeavors under 4 hours. 


The last week of the program, week 24, was a lighter week of recovery and testing. Results were promising and indicated proper adaptation to training loads….

• 20:00 Aerobic Threshold Power @ 150 bpm : PR! This was unexpected, confirms I’m adapting positively to training load.   

  • Test #1, November:  238w
  • Test #2, January: 256w
  • Test #3, March: 264w
  • Test #4, May: 281w
  • (Recent “Best” from Summer 2015:  274w)

• 1:00 Max Power : ALSO a PR!  This one I can believe a bit more. Peak strength & Peak Power training will do this for sure

  • Test #1, November: 499w
  • Test #2, January: 505w
  • Test #3, March: 526w
  • Test #4, May: 561w
  • (Summer 2015:  529w)

• 2:00 Max Power : Not a PR, but getting there. Looking for one at the end of June!

  • Test #1, November: 380w
  • Test #2, January: 403w
  • Test #3, March: 438w
  • Test #4, May: 449w
  • (Summer 2015:  454w)

• 4:00 Max Power : Not a PR, but continued improvement. Looking for one at the end of June!

  • Test #1, November: 324w
  • Test #2, January: 340w
  • Test #3, March: 364w
  • Test #4, May: 377w
  • (Summer 2015:  382w)

• Fatigue Rate : Up a bit. Not surprised as the focus on training was the top-end, trying to reach a high point of power

  • Test #1, November: 8.7%
  • Test #2, January: 8.17%
  • Test #3, March: 7.84%
  • Test #4, May: 8.2%
  • (Summer 2015:  6.9%)

• This calculates an FTP of…

  • Test #1, November: 247w (3.70 w/kg)
  • Test #2, January: 263w (3.89 w/kg)
  • Test #3, March: 292w (4.34 w/kg)
  • Test #4, May: 292w (4.43 w/kg*)    *lost 3 pounds 
  • (Summer 2015:  308w (4.71 w/kg))

All power numbers were up across all four test intervals, but estimated FTP remains the same. This is due to the increased Fatigue Rate; from a substantially increased power at 1:00, and lesser so increased power at 2:00 & 4:00. (ie. starting out strong, then slowing down as durations increase). Not surprised as this last block of training was focused on maximizing the high-end powers. As I enter my Race Prep phase of training for my target: Leadville 100, my peak strength & power will inevitably decline as my endurance (fatigue resistance) will increase. This in turn will lead to a reduction in Fatigue Rate along with an improvement in estimated FTP.

Read full testing protocol info here.


Base Build is complete & successful in returning me to some solid fitness and form to start off my Race Prep block for the year. Fitness appears to be just behind a recent peak in August 2015… and it is only May!!

From here, I will test my fitness with a couple of early season races in the Epic Rides Whiskey Off-Road in Prescott, AZ & USAC Marathon National Championships in Arkadelphia, AR. I’m feeling pretty fit, so these races should make for great tests. Then from there, it will time to get focused on a progressive Leadville 100 Race Prep Build. Along the way I will tackle several more races of the XC & Marathon variety as part of my build up for an August Peak. More details to come on my Race Prep plans.

Looking forward to racing  and continuing to build my fitness for 2018! Thanks for following along.



Written by Cody Waite, professional endurance athlete, endurance sport coach and founder of Sessions:6 Sport Performance. Looking for help with your endurance sport training? Check out S:6’s Training Plans, Team Programs, and  Personal Coaching options created to fit your needs and budget.


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2018 Whiskey 50 Off-Road Report

2018 Whiskey 50 Off-Road Report

Sunday I finally got a chance to race stop #1 of the Epic Rides Off Road Series: Whiskey 50, in Prescott, AZ. This is a race I’ve wanted to do for many years now, and this year was finally the year. I’ve heard great things about the Epic Rides Off Road Series of events and it did not disappoint. Awesome venue, great course, well run and well attended. This is the first MTB race I’ve been to in a long time that felt a little like MTB racing did back in the late-nineties (when I was getting started): the vendors, the teams, and the vibe were all really great. It felt like a big-time event… well I guess because it is a big time event!

I highly recommend this event in Prescott to anyone that love long, hard, climbing mountain biking that puts a demand on both fitness & skill.

This was my first big test of fitness for 2018. See where I’m at coming out of my off-season Base Builder training program and where I need to improve. I also picked this event as a “tune-up” race one week prior to my first A-Race of the year: Masters 40+ Marathon National Championships in Arkansas.

With a big (for MTB) prize purse being offered, the Professional field was not only huge, 90+ men/40+ women, it was stacked!

We’re talking nearly all of the best XC/Marathon racers in North America and a few from overseas as well. Olympians, World Champions, National Champions (past & present), and World Cup level racers. Plus many younger up-and-coming racers wanting a chance at hanging with the top dogs if only on the opening climb. This made the race exciting, gave it great vibe, and made you feel part of something for sure. I’d venture a guess saying that this may well be the most competitively attended event of the entire North American season.

With that said, my main goal was to race a good solid effort and not worry so much about actually “racing” (i.e.. placing). This will likely be my last real professional race of this caliber, so to enjoy the experience and give a good early season effort was the plan. I also had to hold back just a few percent for next weekends higher priority goal event. Holding back just 2-3% makes a big difference in recovery time following the race, and only a small handful of minutes lost within the race.

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2018 Teen Sport Conditioning Summer Program

2018 Teen Sport Conditioning Summer Program

  • April 12, 2018
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Our 3rd Annual Teen Sport Conditioning Program is returning for 2018!

Once again Sessions:6 Sport Performance is offering a sport conditioning program designed especially for teens. The program is designed to help prepare your teen athlete for their Fall sport in a safe, fun and positive environment. The program will include strength training, plyometrics, core conditioning and mobility.

Our 2-month Teen Program is designed to keep your teenage athlete(s) active throughout the summer months with cross-training and skill development that will enhance their sport specific conditioning prior to their Fall and Winter school sport seasons. Each coach-led class includes a proper warm-up, instruction, evaluation of skill level, and cool-down to maximize effectiveness and safety. Individual training sessions will vary the focus between aerobic conditioning, strength work, skill development, speed & power training, and flexibility to keep things fun, fresh and exciting for the participants.

8 Weeks, 2x a Week, 16 Sessions:

  • When: June 5th-July 26th
  • Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Times: 10:15am OR 11:15am
  • Cost: $220
  • Includes a custom S:6 T-shirt!


  • $20 off first teenager if signed up before May!
  • Only $170 for second teenager (sibling)
  • Only $120 for third teenager (sibling)
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Cody’s 2018 Base Build: Block 5 Recap

Cody’s 2018 Base Build: Block 5 Recap

  • April 5, 2018
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The month of March was Block 5 of my 6-block Base Builder training. This consisted of continued strength & stability training along with progressions in plyometric/power development off the bike in the gym, training the Anaerobic Power energy system in the S:6 Wahoo Kickr Trainer Studio, and extending my 1-2x weekly endurance rides outside. Fitness is continuing to build and with just about 4 weeks now remaining until my 2018 race season kicks off in earnest, I’m feeling great and ready for Spring!

Read the full run-down of Block 5 programming HERE

Strength Training

I’m getting stronger for sure. I’ve been maintaining the squat & deadlift focus for the “strength sets”, similar to the first 12 weeks of training, but now with fewer overall reps while achieving more of those reps at the higher loads. What was once heavy is becoming more repeatable as the heavier loads are requiring less effort as more of my muscle fibers get in on the action.

The goal with resistance training for endurance athletes is not to gain moremuscle, but rather train muscles we have to do more work!

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6 Week Nutrition Program

6 Week Nutrition Program

  • April 5, 2018
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Sessions:6 Sport Performance has partnered with Steve Acuna, nutrition & endurance coach with Do Athletic Shit, to present a 6 week Nutrition Workshop to help you achieve nutrition success.

Eat to Perform

You may already be training to maximize your performance, but are you eating to maximize your performance?


Workshop Overview:

Meetings are on Sundays from 4:00-5:30pm at Sessions:6 Sport Performance. Each week we will go over a new nutrition topic that will build on the past week. Each session we will go over individual successes and failures and address how to overcome the problems we have encountered. We will cover a new educational topic tailored to meet the needs of the group. Homework will be assigned each week, and coaches will be holding you accountable for action. Our goal with the workshop is to give you the tools to make smart nutrition choices and change individual behaviours that impact how our bodies look, feel and perform.

Week 1: Introduction to the program overview, awareness of what we are eating, counting calories versus not counting calories

Week 2: Adequate Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat and Hydration and Why this matters

Week 3: Food timing and Blood Sugar Regulation’s role in body composition

Week 4: What to eat; How to structure your plate

Week 5: Gut Health: How the 2nd brain impacts our bodies

Week 6: Fueling better for workouts and recovery + Supplements: pros and cons

Join us for this six week program to kick start your efforts towards improved health & fitness for the season ahead!!

The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 6

The S:6 Base Builder Program: Block 6

  • March 29, 2018
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Five down and one to go!

Our off-season is nearing its end and the competitive season is right around the corner. It’s time to put the finishing touches on our off-season Base Builder Program with our 6th and final block of training. To recap, our in-house group training program began back in November working from the low-intensity end of the energy system spectrum with pedaling skill work and aerobic intervals; then progressing through progressively higher intensity energy systems in monthly blocks: Aerobic Threshold (2-4 hour power), Anaerobic Threshold (32-64:00 power), Vo2 Max (8-16:00 power), and Anaerobic Power (1-4:00 power). The 6th and final block of our Base Build Program is the highest intensity (on-bike) energy system: Peak Power.

Peak Power is your top-end sprint power… Everything you’ve got of 4-8 seconds!

With the racing season approaching we plan to reach top-end intensity to finish off our off-season Base Build Program. This very same 24-week program is available as a downloadable training plan on Training Peaks ( 24-week Base Build Training Plan ). We also have a more condensed 12-week Base Build Training Plan available to those that prefer a shorter, faster build of early season base fitness. Both versions allow you to follow my programming on your own where ever you live!

Upon completion of our Base Build we’re ready for our competitive season of specialized training and racing. At this point we can then begin to back out the intensity while adding in more endurance training to meet our target race fitness goals.

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2018 Cactus Cup Fat Tire 40 Report

2018 Cactus Cup Fat Tire 40 Report

  • March 13, 2018
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It’s officially the “Pre-Season” and time to start thinking about racing!

I decided to start my 2018 race season off a little earlier than the last several with the Cactus Cup Fat Tire 40 XC race outside of Scottsdale this last weekend. I picked this race primarily for its early spot on the calendar, while in need of a couple of races before my first “A-Race” in early May (full race schedule HERE). With the additional appeal of warm weather, and expectedly fierce competition from local Arizona and nearby California racers that are already near top race form, I figured it would be a good challenging race to kick things off with for the new year.

The following is a quick “Race Report” for those interested, and hopefully more informative “Takeaways” or lessons learned (or remembered) from my racing experience that perhaps you can apply to your own upcoming racing endeavors…


The longish, 42 mile race was held on most of the trails within the McDowell Mountain Regional Park outside of Scottsdale. This trail system is made up of super fast, flowy, mostly smooth trails; sprinkled with some surprisingly rocky sections to keep it honest. Not much elevation gain or loss, but rather long “false flats” and roller coaster terrain, with the occasional 1-2 minute long power-climb.

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