Since the Huracan 300 I have peaked out on training miles and have started dialing in for Arizona. The miles have started to reduce to allow my body to heal up from a long intense training cycle which included interval training 2x per week, one pace day, 2x long moderate paced days and one day of free ride play time on the mountains. I have been riding 6 days a week for the last 6 months building my endurance capacity for the adventures I have ahead.
The up and coming weeks I will be working on honing in on specific skills that I will need to have dialed in before showing up for the Arizona Trail Race. For the Arizona Trail Race I will have to be able to ride 750+ miles from Mexico to Utah via the Arizona Trail. I will not only have to ride, and push at times, my bike to edge of the Grand Canyon, but will also have to disassemble, strap it to my back and hike 24 miles across. I will be taking my bike for a hike once a week every week for the next 3 weeks leading up to the race. In this final phase of training all of my rides will be fully loaded(45lbs) including snacks and water.
I have also felt the need to increase my wilderness skills and have taken the Wilderness First Responder course which gave me a lot of practical wilderness medicine that I should be mindful of. There is a ton that can go wrong in the back country but knowing what to watch out for is half the battle. Arizona is very different than the Appalachian Mountains. This course had me replaying a few of my past close calls on adventures and making me rethink the way I might handle various scenarios. I have a plan for a plan but its like Tyson said "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth" My goal is to keep going once the AZT has given me a good chin check.
Big thanks to all of the folk who are helping me along my journey: Liberty Bikes Crew(Drew, Eric, Nate and rest of the staff who keep me out on the trails, Find Your Line Bikes(Shawn, Randy, Nate), Jeff Daniels, my wife Shona, Beer City CrossFit fam, and the rest of my AVL fam who keep me motivated to take on big adventures.