“Raced” it last year and will be “racing” it again this July. From the sounds of it, the course changes from year to year. 2019 took me 12 hrs to finish, which landed me 60th/84 in Open Men. I was around 3.8w/kg. Not great but considering I was falling apart at mile 80, I’ll take it as a win. I also spent way too much time at aid stations. Instead of an hour of downtime, I want to cut that in half (I needed some extra-special time at the mile 80 station).
My full-suspension Epic was perfect for the terrain. I was on Fast Trak 2.3 with the regular 60 TPI casing with no punctures were perfect for the dusty trails.
Nutrition was my downfall last year. I was definitely not taking in enough calories. So that’s an area that I want to improve on. I’m currently experimenting with Maurten 320 but might have to half it to keep it palatable. Plan is to have 1 bottle Skratch and 1 bottle half-strength Maurten. I’ll also bring solid food along with some Shot Bloks. I used a USW pack last year but it was too constricting at the end.
My aim this year is to have better consistency training and be at around 4.2 w/kg and improve nutrition to finish under 10 hrs.