I’ve been using plan builder to train for long-distance gravel events, and have seen steady gains over the past 2 since I have used Trainerroad, with me being more serious about my consistency this year. I have gone from a 167 FTP up to 244 FTP. I have one race that seems to get the better of me each year, Ultra-Spotted Horse Gravel race. The “sprint” edition is 150 miles and the full course is 200 miles. It is an unsupported, no-drafting, gravel race across hilly gravel and dirt roads in October that almost always includes rain. Serious type 2 fun with roughly 9K to 13K of elevation gain over punchy hills. I have struggled with fueling during this ride (not enough, or way too much). You are allowed to stop at convenience stores, carry food with you, and this year to encourage us to not stop at convenience stores we are allowed one 2 gallon drop bag at mile 85ish. My deliema is that convenience stores are not the best to eat at while riding in rural Iowa for my body to process, and carrying all that food up steep hills is soul-crushing after the adrenaline wears off from the start of the race. Nate love a good logistic puzzle, and I looking for a better way of tackling the fueling issue, because I think this is my biggest limiter on finishing. Any advice is welcome!
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