Thanks Jake, I actually do have the Gravel plan that I will be using for a race in September (building up via SweetSpot now). I will check out the podcast as I really need to do better food wise, as that probably caused a lot of my issues. I’m a terrible eater both on and off the bike.
My training was totally unstructured and just involved putting in miles, I did a tougher 100 mile partial gravel route as prep, but it was not at “race pace”, nor was the gravel as bombed out as the Croatan course. Hitting the million little potholes even at 15mph really did a number to my core and added to the fatigue. Where I was able to bunny hop rail road crossings and some potholes early, but by lap 3 I couldn’t as I was to worn out. I’m hoping by addressing with your plan, and some additional gym work, that won’t happen again.
I was lucky to have a friend around my level to ride with the entire race, but as the field strung out and the 50/100 mile people finished we were alone the majority of the time. Though, we did pick up a straggler at the aid station and pulled him to the finish with us. My friend is unlikely to do the 150 again, but I want redemption, so I will definitely follow the fill up with water and keep going advice.