If you want to train for mountain riding, ride into a stiff headwind until you lose your mind. It doesn’t take long.
I decided to do just that, and pulled like a mad man for 22 miles after rest stop #2. In the process I used myself up with 25 miles to go. Call it a tactical mistake…or call it dumb, but that’s what I did. No amount of food can cure this. You just have to limit your losses and ride with empty legs, while simultaneously trying to think of something else. ANYTHING else.
The next best thing is to find a group and ride in their draft – way in the back, where you don’t have to do much.
This I did.