I just upgraded to cat 3, and all the norcal masters races tend to be 35+ 1/2/3. I am trying to think about how to adjust my training for the future and also how to think about mixed fields strategically. Dipping my toes into the first race at Dunnigan this weekend.
**1- Longer Distance races: Masters 4’s were usually in the 2-2.5hr range, which happens to align with my training well, a lot of my training rides I could put in more TSS than a race. The higher cat races tend to be 3-4 hours. I know I’ve heard @Nate @chad and @Jonathan talk on the podcast about how you don’t need to match the duration of your races in training, however I find when I go hard in races past the duration I train at I risk cramping. I tend to do most of my training on weekdays after work which is why that 2ish hours tends to be my upper limit. Curious on any thoughts on this - try to start squeezing a couple longer rides in is my suspition. Or do I just try to keep pushing my FTP up. I think my total weekly time of 8-12 hours is likely enough, but maybe need to distribute differently?
2- Mixed 1/2/3 fields: Curious of tips/thoughts on how to approach. I know @Nate has been racing some of these fields. If a break of cat 2’s go, do I care, or should I look at every cat agnostically and just race the field? Also, do people look at the pre reg list and sometimes hop in the E3 field if the 1/2/3 is packed with 1/2’s etc…?