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SteveHalsell
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February 8, 2013
7:01pm
This is an event I have a desire to do, but I am concerned a bit about the length of the disciplines.

I am a runner and I mountain bike on trails with frequency.

I just completed my first half marathon in 1:47:06 and I can usually go an easy 10-12 mile bike on trails without any real struggle.

I can paddle...that's the extent there!

I have done a few ARs and one with Pangea. I really enjoy the sport and I think this Sea 2 Sea is a huge goal for me to do ASAP!

My question (after a ton of background) is how bad is it going to be? Are we talking 10 mile runs twice a day? 25 mile biking twice a day? I am competitive so I will want to hit every checkpoint, but I also want to feel good about the race as well. How much total race is there for each dicsipline?

I don't need to know exact because I understand the mystery is part of the fun, but some idea would be great.

Am I looking at running 20 miles, biking 50 miles, and paddling 5 miles each day? Some range of 20-30, 50-70, and 5-10?

Some guidelines would be awesome so I can take the next year to train and make sure I can accomplish this and do so with the competitive spirit I like to bring to my racing!
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darkmatter
Posts: 43
February 9, 2013
2:28pm
Great question. No doubt follow along and watch our race updates and that will provide much insight to this years event.

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My question how bad is it going to be? Are we talking 10 mile runs twice a day? 25 mile biking twice a day? I am competitive so I will want to hit every checkpoint, but I also want to feel good about the race as well. How much total race is there for each discipline? Am I looking at running 20 miles, biking 50 miles, and paddling 5 miles each day? Some range of 20-30, 50-70, and 5-10?
Yep all that. It will be a very rewarding experience once you have completed going from Sea 2 Sea, filled with many high and low points during the race.

Expedition racing in general has had some single discipline segments that last 12 hrs + even 24 hrs or more on foot and bike. While the 72hr Sea 2 Sea is an expedition length AR, we have tweaked it a little to break up the segments. We hope this gives a larger audience the ability to complete courses and be rewarded though we try to have the expedition feel with some longer segments.

Best way to train is to get a 30 hr event under your belt with your team. It will begin to elude to how your body, mind and team interaction holds up under sleep deprivation. Negatives can become much more pronounced night 2 and beyond.

For me what works best is 3 times during the week train in bricks , bike & run for around 1hr each, grab a paddle if you can. Couple of months prior start doing weekend bricks with your team that involves some 4hr segments or more. You should be good to go. Like a diet, there are countless ways that work. Do what works for you and stay focused.
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BillD
Posts: 29
February 12, 2013
4:37pm
In the inaugural run, the legs were pretty long. During the entire day-light portion of the second day (Friday), for example, my team got through 1 long trek leg and 1 long paddle between sunrise and nightfall. As I recall, the paddles were all in the 4-6 hour range... the long bike on day 3 was between 70 and 100 miles, depending on the route you chose. We skipped one CP that day and still rode about 70.

We jumped straight from doing 12's into the 72, so do not be scared of that jump but I agree with darkmatter's suggestion that you try a 24-30 hour race on the way. Your body and mind behave differently as the race stretches out and you cannot really train for that.

I also agree with the suggestion that you get the duration of your weekend training segments close to the duration of a segment in the race. You cannot really simulate the effect of racing for 60 hours on little or no sleep, but you can prepare yourself to paddle for 5 or 6 hours at a shot.
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darkmatter
Posts: 43
February 14, 2013
5:44am
Well put, do some longer 12, 18, or 30 hr events. The rest is just mind over matter. Jump in and embrace the adventure.
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