Sorry if this topic has been sorted out already; I didn’t see it immediately in the search…
I’ve signed up for the High Cascades 100 in July. I’ll obviously follow the training plan riding indoors, but I know that long mountain bike races also have a large component of just being used to riding singletrack for long stretches, and getting used to the (different from road) physical toll these races have on your body.
I’m wondering how to get both experiences (indoor trainer road and outdoor mountain biking) at the same time. Multi-hour rides outdoors are doable, but I’m guessing they shouldn’t come at the expense of the training plan. But I also don’t want to be unprepared for being bone tired and still having to focus at mile 90 of 100.
If you have encountered this in the past in your training, how have you handled it? Any suggestions are welcome - thanks!