BMA Brute Squad FAQ
Q: Do I have to do the target race?
A: The training program is designed as a 16-week program that will prepare you to race to your full potential at the Laramie Enduro on August 1. Though it is not required, we hope everyone in the program will participate in this race, as it really helps our group workouts if we are all focused on achieving the same goal on the same day.
Q: Can I do a different race?
A: If the race is in the same time frame (a week or two before or after the Laramie Enduro), you can certainly solicit advice from your coaches as to how to modify your training program to account for the difference. If the race is 3 or more weeks after Laramie, then the Laramie Enduro could serve as a great practice race, especially if you are aiming for a 100 miler or stage race later in the season.
Q: Do I have to do the practice races?
A: Practice races not only provide great workouts, but are a great way to dial in nutrition and hydration strategies, as well as your pacing plan for race day. Practice races also help with bike handling, learning how to pass and get passed, and learning how to cope with the mental challenges of racing (including pre-race jitters, breaking through the wall, etc.) Plus, they are typically a lot of fun. Though they are not required, they are highly recommended. We don't want the end-of-season race to be your first race of the season. If you choose not to do a practice race, an alternate workout will be prescribed on the schedule for that day. Note that race fees for practice races are not included as part of the program fee.
Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: The program fee does not include the entry fee for the Laramie Enduro, nor the practice races. The total cost for the three practice races will come to about $200.
Q: How much experience do I need?
A: We assume you know how to ride moderately technical singletrack (e.g. Hall, Heil, Walker, Betasso, Marshall Mesa, Centennial Cone, Buffalo Creek, etc.) and are comfortable with the idea of riding long distances, and being in the saddle for the good part of the day. We are not expecting you to be able to drop 4-footers, huck cliffs, or blast downhills at breakneck speed.
Q: What if I am too slow for the group?
A: Slow is a pejorative label which doesn't really apply here. We assume that we will have riders of varying speeds, and that's just fine. Workouts are based on time in the saddle, not distance traveled, so it really doesn't matter if you happen to travel at a lower rate of speed. All that matters is that you are doing the workout as prescribed for you. Nobody will be left out, and nobody will be left behind.
Q: Am I expected to show up to every group workout?
A: We are not professional athletes, and as such, must balance our training with responsibilities of work, family, etc. At times, we all get unexpectedly busy, sick, or injured. Your coaches will try to help you keep up with the training in those instances where life gets in the way and prevents you from attending a workout here and there. However, if you know in advance that you will not be able to attend a good portion of the Thursday or Saturday workouts, we would prefer that you not apply, so as to keep a spot open for someone who will be able to commit to a larger percentage of the group workouts.
Q: Where will we ride?
A: The group workouts on Thursdays will be held at various locations in and around Boulder. They will start at 6 PM, and last about 75 minutes. The group rides every other Saturday will start in and around Boulder in the early part of the season. As the snow melts out, we will head higher up into the mountains to get in longer rides at altitude on fun singletrack, including a preview of part of the Laramie course. As summer approaches, we will need to get an early start so we can get on the trails early and beat the afternoon thunderstorms. Anticipate that these Saturday group rides will require a good part of the day once we factor in the commute to and from the ride locations.
Q: What about the other workouts?
A: On Tuesdays, and the non-group ride Saturdays, you are free to do the workout/ride on your own in the place of your choosing. If you want company, the BMA website will provide a place for members of the training program to plan rides with other members of the group on those days if you wish.
Still have questions? Email Coach Scott