It’s the new year which means many of your favorite endurance events are probably on the forefront of your mind.  You may have just received your Leadville Trail 100 lottery entry (yay!) or you are planning for the upcoming 24 Hours in the Ol Pueblo as a solo rider.  Maybe you’re headed to Spain next month to race a 7 day stage race. Or maybe you are what some people would call ‘crazy’ and have  signed up for an off road ironman, Leadman, or another epic adventure race.  Whoever you are, you have big goals and pressing time to get your plan together so you can have your best season yet!  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your upcoming endurance event.




1. Set a Goal and Create a Plan

Preparing for an endurance event takes time that’s why it’s important to set a goal several months or even a year out to give you time to prepare and stay motivated.


Find an event that EXCITES you!!

Jason Hanson finished 4th at the 24HR Solo Mountain Bike World Championships last October. His goals this year include tackling an off road Ironman and completing Leadman.

Hire a coach. Preparing for an endurance challenge can seem overwhelming. A coach’s job is to figure out the best ‘recipe’ for you to help you reach your goal and also keep you on track when you have a busy personal life and if you run into any road-blocks along the way.




2. Find Other Supporting Events

As part of your big plan – find other events that will help you prepare for your endurance event. Choose similar altitude and terrain if possible. Going to an event or race can also be very stressful so it’s always good to work out those kinks at smaller races before your big important race (nutrition, gear, mental, strategy…).

  • For a 24 HR race you could do 12 hr or underground endurance events.
  • For a 100 Mile race: 50 & 70 mile events and group rides
  • Half/Ironman: Olympic & Half, along with running (half & marathon) races




3. Plan out Big Endurance Weekend Rides

Leading up to your big endurance event, you will need to spend more time on the bike.  Plan a few weekends that work with your work and family’s schedule to get in a big training day.  For some events, you may need 5+hours of riding and possibly traveling to appropriate training locations. You are training your body to handle the intensity and duration of your chosen event.  Plan a ride that is FUN and has some element of adventure. We ride because it’s fun, right?!


Pre-planning allows for less stress for everyone (you AND your family) and assures you won’t miss this important workout!  This is also a time to dial in your on-the-bike nutrition, equipment choices, and proper recovery.




There you have it!  Good luck with your season and if you would like personal help with your plan, please contact us!

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About Melissa Ross:

melissaMelissa Ross is Co-Founder and Cycling Coach of Potential Energy Training and Nutrition. Melissa’s 11+years in the sport as an athlete and 5+ years as a coach has taken her all over the world from touring Italy, racing across Europe and the US as a professional road cyclist, to becoming a pro mountain biker, exploring the trails across Arizona and even recently finishing 13th in the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa and making the podium 2 years in a row in the Leadville Trail 100! Melissa has an incredible desire to help other people reach their full potential and bring the passion of having a healthy lifestyle into their lives.

How to Train for an Epic Endurance Mountain Bike Race