Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Advice from Xterra World Champ

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:

  1. It's all about the bike, train hard on the bike the majority of the time. The bike WILL win the race for you.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!)

  4. Even though swimming is the shortest part of the race, do work on decent form to get through it a bit quicker.

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