I’m in week 11 of my 18-wks Sweet Spot TP… then I’ll hit Granfondo, Phil KOM and Climbing IntervalsTP to prepare for my Granfondo summer season. So far so good.
My “A” Race, next June, is a harsh (6-7 hours, 180 km) alpine granfondo with a LOT of climbing (at least 3.5 hrs of climbing in 4 climbs). That’s my favourite terrain, so I should be fine but…
Before hitting the first climb the pace is just CRAZY, we usually do the first hour at 50 kph, and we have to handle 20 roundabouts - and after each roundabout you have to SPRINT like hell just to keep in touch. If you get dropped: game over.
I usually keep in touch with the head of the bunch, but I suffer like a dog… and after all those sprints, when I hit the first climb -> CRAMPS!!!
Every year the same story, this year the pace was particularly high with many more sprints and cramps came everywhere, also in my ears…
In your opinion, what’s the best way to prepare for that first crazy hour, and be able to handle the rest of the race?