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Training Diaries: Park City Point 2 Point

Photos Courtesy of P2P

Here in Park City, we’re fortunate enough to have one of the finest trail networks in the world. In fact, if you ask the IMBA, we have the finest in the world. However, the question begs to be asked: what does this even mean? Well, in the shortest sense, it means that we have more than just awesome trails; we have awesome trails in abundance. Where it gets trickier, though, is explaining this in reference to the self.

It’s a selfish thing really, Mid-Mountain, Crest, whatever — these all account for singular rides, albeit epic ones. And sure, you might string bits and pieces together in order to get from A to B, but on the whole, the full majesty of our little cubby in the Wasatch Back is rarely fully realized. That is, unless you’re mad enough to take part in the annual Park City Point 2 Point race.

 

Point 2 Point (P2P) is easily one of the worst/best days that you can spend on a bike. Most of the race occurs over 7000-feet, and unlike a race like Leadville, 90% of the 75-mile course is on singletrack. And, oh yeah, there’s over 12k-feet of vertical gain if you’re lucky enough to not get lost. If you don’t see what I’m getting at, it’s a damn hard race. But for a PC local, like our own Chris Mackay, a race like this represents a strong balance of challenge and delight — it’s all of your favorite rides, but it’s also all of your favorite rides.

How to Train for Something This Big

The following is a demonstration of how Chris is preparing for the race, and as you’ll find, much of this training relies on targeting other races over the summer calendar. Point being, to get through whatever your most challenging race of the year is, you need to take a note from the pros and keep a populated race schedule.

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The first big block for Chris was the infamous Crusher in the Tushar — let’s just say that it’s hard. This race was on July 12th, roughly a month and some change before P2P. On top of his regular training, he scheduled two build weeks, followed by two shorter weeks of high-intensity training, before the event.

- Two Weeks: 12-13 hours of riding per week w/ Mid- to High-Intensity Intervals
– Two Weeks: 8-10 hours of riding per week with a focus on high-intensity

After the race, he took a week off of the bike with no riding at all. And after the R&R, his training for the next big block began — Powder Mountain.

- Rest Week

Up next was the Powder Mountain Hill Climb Championships — you might remember it from Stage Four of the Tour of Utah. Basically, it’s a horrendous climb that ramps up 3300-feet over a short six miles. For this race, he repeated the cycle above, minus the subsequent rest week.

- Two Weeks: 12-13 hours of riding per week w/ Mid- to High-Intensity Intervals
– Two Weeks: 8-10 hours of riding per week with a focus on high-intensity

And with only a week between Powder Mountain and P2P, the focus is being placed on “keeping the legs open” by getting in light riding everyday before the race — pretty basic, right?

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Race Day Essentials

Below is a list of what Chris will be bringing to the race. Much of it is unsupported, and unless you have a ton of a friends that are avid hikers, you’ll only get a couple of shots at personalized food handoffs at the support stations.

Food & Hydration

Skratch Labs Hydration Mix
Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cakes from the Feed Zone Portables Cookbook

Clothing Choice

Assos T.Cento_s7 Bib Shorts
Assos T.Cento_s7 Jersey

Tools & Storage

The unsupported distance of P2P warrants both a saddlebag for tools and a small hydration pack for everything else — Assos SV.BlitzFeder Vest, tubes, and food.

Stay tuned for next week to see how Chris did and for a firsthand perspective from the field.

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- Assos SV.BlitzFeder Vest

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Skratch Labs Feed Zone Portables Cookbook

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