So, I have this feeling that I’m missing something from my races. I train heavily (I’m coached) with good nutrition and some good outputs from that. I also appreciate genes play a part in what I’m about to say but…
I’m firmly top 3rd of any 4-12th mtb race probably further up the longer it goes. I’m targeting the correct races based on my learned physiology - endurance more than power- but I’m often amazed at how on the last laps people appear to be wizzing past me with enthusiasm and pace after 4 hours of a 4 race when I’m deep in the trenches and dropping places.
Therefore, and although I have power / HR based strategies e.g. not going in the red on climbs etc I’m wondering whether by going around and around on RPE I’m missing something within myself that my coach can’t give me. I’m happy to be told that as long as I’ve measured my effort over the distance and am pretty much done on the line well, that’s all I can do but… have I missed something?
I’d be grateful for any advice!