Hey all -
I’m coming up on the Maah Daah Hey 100 mountain bike race the first weekend in August, and trying to figure out what specialty phase to do. Complicating this is that I’ll only be able to do 5 weeks of the plan before raceday (poor planning / completion of other phases on my part )
I know Leadville has been discussed a number of times, both on the #podcast and the forums, but haven’t really seen anything specific to this race. Here are a few stats:
- 107 miles, almost entirely singletrack (like, I think fewer than 10 miles on pretty harsh gravel)
- 13,000 feet of climbing, some long slow climbs, some punchy ones. Course profile screenshot
- temperatures often peaking over 100ºF
- Course record of 8:53:20
It’s a hard race. I’ve tried and failed twice, quitting at 58 miles the first time and being pulled from the course (but feeling pretty good still?) at 67 miles the second. One of my friends, one of the strongest riders I know, has finished every race he’s ever tried, including Leadville, and dropped out on MDH twice.
I’m better trained than I’ve ever been, but I’m still super nervous, and have no idea what to choose for a specialty phase, especially since I’ll only be able to do about 5 weeks of it. Anyone have any tips? Anyone else done the MDH before? It’s a beautiful, super hard race, in kind of an unexpected place – North Dakota, of all places – and I’d highly recommend riding there some time (there are actually campgrounds every 25 miles or so, so you don’t have to do it all at once)
Thanks for any advice!
[edit: I’m currently in week 5 of Sustained Power Build low volume, plus a weekly pretty-easy-most-of-the-time group ride that I lead]