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One Week Until The EXCRUCIATION EXAM

Aggie_Ama2012-04-09 20:14:31 +0000 #1
Last year DH did a mountain bike race called the Excruciation Exam. I noticed a lot of women didn't attempt it and thought, with a little racing one day I would. Next weekend is that one day. It starts with a Lemans start, 7-8 miles trail, road probably 20 miles some dirt road, 20 miles at another course (where I raced 2 weeks ago) and then road back to the other course and 1-2 miles there. It is anywhere from 72-85 miles depending on how the roads between the courses are.

My preparation has been less than ideal with a cold, holidays falling on weekends and bad weather. I feel mentally I know I can do this. I have to hydrate smart, eat and just push myself to my limits. I am pretty excited, I just hope I make the time checks and have fun!
Anelia2012-04-09 20:17:08 +0000 #2
Good luck, Amanda!

I wish I could also race but there are no events nearby
tealtreak2012-04-09 20:35:58 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Aggie_Ama

Last year DH did a mountain bike race called the Excruciation Exam. I noticed a lot of women didn't attempt it and thought, with a little racing one day I would. Next weekend is that one day. It starts with a Lemans start, 7-8 miles trail, road probably 20 miles some dirt road, 20 miles at another course (where I raced 2 weeks ago) and then road back to the other course and 1-2 miles there. It is anywhere from 72-85 miles depending on how the roads between the courses are.

My preparation has been less than ideal with a cold, holidays falling on weekends and bad weather. I feel mentally I know I can do this. I have to hydrate smart, eat and just push myself to my limits. I am pretty excited, I just hope I make the time checks and have fun!

Sounds epic! Good Luck and have fun!!!!!!!!!!
Aggie_Ama2012-04-09 20:57:16 +0000 #4
Today I did 70 miles on the road and bonked. Dumb rookie mistake, I drank enough but didn't eat it enough. I think my plan will be a gel per hour. They do have some solid food at the check points (you get a different colored zip tie at each one). I will likely pack Peanut Butter and Jelly in our ice chest. An awesome friend is being our support. I know last year DH also needed a Coke, ibuprofen and more Sport Legs before that last road segment.

EPIC is what I am expecting. I have done six road centuries and now two mountain bike marathon races (50 and 43 miles) plus about 10-15 XC races and 3 half marathons but this is new animal.

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