I’ve been chatting with Pav about the idea of my attempting the Rapha 500 this holiday season. I have a dream of doing it in one go - all the way through. However, in full disclosure, that’s a very far stretch for me. The longest ride that I’ve done over the past few months is 3 hours. However, in Pav we trust… I know he’ll help me get setup right for it. I’m primarily working with Pav to help me with my track season, but we’re in the base period now, so going long could work with that cycle.
Advise on doing 500km/310miles – indoors vs. outdoors? Note that I’m located in NYC, so will be chilly over the holidays (especially if I go further north). In my mind, indoors reduces logistics and chance of cold toes getting in the way of completion. However, outdoors clearly has its plusses. What’s your advice/experience?
Pacing… I’ve been going fairly strong indoors for 2.5-3 hours on base rides. Keeping things squarely in Z2 for watts and at/under/around my LT1 BPM threshold. I know that theoretically speaking one should be able to go forever at LT1 BPM with proper fueling. However, that’s just theory. : ) So far, I feel like I could keep going longer than 3 hours, but feeling that is way different than actually going 310 miles in one go. Advice on pacing for a first super long effort?