Each year at the Xterra Worlds, the pros give free advice on racing and training Xterras. Looking back in my notes while contemplating what to do next year, I found my inspiration, Melanie McQuaid's suggestions on training for Xterras:
- It's all about the bike, train hard on the bike the majority of the time. The bike WILL win the race for you.
- Always, always, no matter how bad you feel, run after your bike ride. Even if its only 20 minutes, make sure you run after each and every ride.
- Xterras are not long races, so you don't need to do a lot of long endurance riding. (and from an Xterra coach, they recommend 1 3-hour ride a week in addition to your intervals and hard rides. I can handle that!)
- Even though swimming is the shortest part of the race, do work on decent form to get through it a bit quicker.