Sea Otter Classic is a mega race for most of us, so it is important to ensure that you are firing on all cylinders come April 15, 2010.
If you’ve been racing cyclocross over the winter, a short break should be on tap to restore both mental and physical energy. If you live in snowier climes, try to head south (or to a lower elevation) on the weekends to get in some good miles and keep the intensity high.
Because Sea Otter is early in the cycling calendar and may be one of the first races to kick your season off, make sure you also have some speed work in your legs, either from local races or fast group rides. Try to find a low-key local race prior to your debut at Sea Otter, so you can experiment with nutrition, timing, nerves.
On training days, try to train at the same time as your race at Sea Otter. When you can train at your race time, also try to emulate the timing of and the quality of your pre-race meal. Study the race route. If you can simulate terrain, climbs, descents, distances - great!
If you live close to the race route, ride it. If not, try to get to the course at least a day prior to survey the course. Becoming familiar with a course is important.??Test your race machine before showing up on the start line with it; bring it on a solid ride to make sure wheels, tire selection, tire pressure, cassette, brake pads, shifting are all flawless.??Weather is fickle, so be prepared with tire options, clothing options, and a strong mental state for unexpected changes.??Climate affects the performance of your body, so pay attention to the weather and be ready for extreme high or low temperatures, rain, and even snow.
Race Day White: Remember, if you feel fast, you'll have the confidence to go faster and take chances.