So given Nate’s Leadville adventure last summer, it Inspired me to put an all our effort into getting into the race. Only trouble was I also had a goal of qualifying for Boston, and was planning on using the cowtown marathon to attempt entry. I started my running plan about 21 weeks ago… roughly the same time my new 2018 specialized epic expert was stolen while on vacation in niagra falls CAnada. I have done essentially zero biking since then. Riding with my 4 year old for 5-10 miles every once in a while, but nothing more then 50watts most likely. I left off with a roughly 302watt ftp, 4.0w/kg.
My running regiment is from a jack Daniels vdoto2 plan. 5 days a week, 45-50 miles/week. Typically one day of vo2 max work, one long run day, and 3 easy days. My target marathon time is 2:50, although I’m three weeks from the race and it seems really fast so mentally I’ve resigned myself to a 2:55 (still a BQ though, which is the goal). I did a 1:23:12 half marathon in early November for fun as a gauge of fitness.
So how does all this relate to leadville? Well I got a new 2019 sworks epic FS before Christmas, and signed up for the Leadville lottery. Didn’t get in. . So I need to qualify at hopefully the austin rattler. That gives me from February 24th until April 13th to have an epic level of bike fitness, because qualifying in the M35-39 AG is hard (impossible?).
So the study begins with an FTP test as soon as the marathon is over. But being here in Dallas, our mountain bike trails have been closed for flooding for 5 months, most opening for the first time in the last two weeks. I simply had to give the new bike a test, so I have ridden 25 miles off road in 6 months, and my road bike tires are flat because I haven’t touch it since early sept.
Is it possible to qualify for Leadville at austin with only 2 months of cycling? I consider myself a skilled bike handler, and feel my aerobic engine is strong doing 6-7 hours of running a week. What should I expect my FTP to be at 6 months off the bike with only running? And how quickly do you think it will improve? Take your bets now . I’ve placed my season on doing Leadville and it would be disappointing if I don’t get in