Did my 3rd gravel race of 2020 this past weekend.
I keep bonking or something but I still finish in a decent spot. I’m confused if it’s fitness, fueling, or core strength.
I’ve completed ssb1 and 2 twice during this off season.
Lap 1 is when I was in a 2 man break. The IF was .85 for 2hrs24mins.
Obviously over the race it’s gonna drop but am I going out too hard?
On weekends I do 3-4 hour group rides and feel fine. But is racing longer events that end up being solo for a portion and trying to maintain .75 IF simply too much?
I had 3-4 larbars. 1 bottle of Beta fuel. 2 bottles of water. 5-6 gu/sis gels. 2 oatmeal cream pies(neutral feed).
I had 500-600 calories 3 hours before the race(Kodiak pancake mix)
I never felt hungry or had to pee during the race I ate everything I had to keep on top of it.
In previous years I mainly focused on crits. last year was my first year targeting road races as a cat2 and a few gravel races.
My A race is big sugar but at this point I’m thinking I should just enjoy it because I can’t race the pros lol
What do y’all think??