Let me start by saying that I have no idea how to prepare for the infamous Dirty Kanza race. I’m registered for the full 200 mile race. However, I am considering transferring to the 100, if I can find a spot to trade for, but I haven’t decided yet. Either way, the race will present some challenges, I am sure.

The furthest I’ve ever ridden in a single day is 157 miles. And that was on paved roads and concrete/paved bike paths. I feel like I have a good base of fitness in place with all of the cycling I’ve done this year. But to see what a “professional” considers an appropriate training regiment, I purchased a 6-week “Gravel Grinder” training plan through TrainingPeaks, which I am beginning today. In reviewing the plan it seems to offer some great training guidance including some much-needed exercises and stretch routines, yoga training, and a full schedule of rides.

However, I have to admit that although I chose the plan with the most intense schedule they offered (6 weeks, 10-11 hours of training per week), it does not seem rigorous enough to prepare for Kanza. Maybe the reputation of the event is intimidating, as it should be to anyone who has never raced it. Or maybe riding 200 miles a week on average for the first few months of this year has conditioned my idea of intense training. Either way, I still don’t consider myself a cyclist or athlete, by any stretch of either term. Rather, I’m an adventurist. And this is going to offer a very challenging adventure. So, I’m going to use the training plan as a base, but increase the gravel riding time significantly in weeks 2, 3, and 4. I’m hoping to double the training time in those weeks.

It will be interesting to see how well I can prepare for the event in just 6 weeks. I will post my daily training routine in my Journal. But, I won’t truly know if I trained enough until I’m saturated with dust, exhausted and alone, on some gravel backroad of Kansas on June 1st. But, hey, that’s what makes it an adventure, right?

It is officially 6 weeks to Kanza. This should be interesting!