Hello all, I’m sure this has been addressed somewhere, but finding the correct search terms to find specifically what I’m asking has proved to be a challenge. Every [non-COVID] year, my wife and I typically pack up and head out to Wichita Falls, Texas for the Hotter’n Hell Hundred endurance ride. It’s typically my “A” event and is designated as such on my calendar and in my training plan. 100 miles in the heat of North Texas on August 28th this year.
In 2019, they started adding gravel events to the weekend’s festivities. Nowadays, I ride exclusively gravel, but for HHH I would ride the road ride as the roads and the atmosphere is more than safe enough for an endurance ride. That said, they’ve created an event called the “Chupacabra 200” where you ride the 100-mile road ride at 7:00 A.M. then turn around and ride the 100k gravel ride in the evening at around 7:00 P.M.
It’s probably too late this year to acclimate and train or a 160-plus mile day, but what would y’all recommend for training for a double day like that? Not necessarily looking for nutrition advice or anything along those lines, but strictly training and acclimating for a double day. I typically build out my training plans starting around December to peak for the ride in August. I’m a low-volume rider as I typically add a couple of days of strength training and two to three sessions of basketball each week. This week is a recovery week and next week starts my century plan specialty block in TR.
I understand that increasing volume is a likely necessity, but also adapting to riding twice per day seems to be something that would need to be incorporated. i.e. – doing a TR workout on, say, Saturday morning outdoors and an easier long-ish ride in the evenings as well.
Just wondering what others have done to train and work up to this type of riding day.