In what is either the 5th or 6th rendition of the San Jacinto Enduro, it looks like the event is changing names. Originally, enduro was used as an abridged form of endurance to indicate that you are going to be riding your bike for a long time. This was certainly the case for  the first revision of the course. It consisted of twon separate loops, 50 and 25 miles, with 6000ft and 3000ft of climbing respectively.

Over the years, the course has changed, allowing Brendan to share his home trails with those silly enough to embark on whatever he throws in front of us, but it always had the common theme of being long, usually requiring several hours to complete.

The only thing that’s changed over the years appears to be the name. What used to be a synonym to endurance, has now become a new style of racing. Enduro. The race format is a mix between riding out with your buddies on the weekend and downhill racing. The basic gist of it is, the course consists of a set route that each person has to ride. Their time on that route is not recorded, but rather only the downhill times are recorded. The rider in each category with the lowest cumulative time wins.

The new enduro race format is nothing like Brendan’s ride, which is probably what prompted the name change. Now, it shall be forever known as the Badger Ride. However, the rules stay the same. No outside support. No bottle drops. You have to pack what you need or refuel/resupply using public amenities.

This year’s course looks a little more mellow than years past. The ride will end with 55 miles and 6500ft of ascending, broken into essentially 3 main climbs. With my main goal being the 24 hour race, I’m going to approach the Badger Ride differently than usual. My goals for the race are add follows:
   – Ride the first 2/3 of the race under my aerobic threshold.
   – Ride the last climb harder than the prior two.
   – Focus more on nutrition and not putting myself into a calorie deficit.
   – Ride my race plan and don’t let others efforts effect mine.

I’ve never really approached a race quite like this. I know it is smart, but I’m unexperienced in this type of strategy, which makes me slightly nervous. I know I’ll finish, but I want to do well. A bad performance always seems to take your motivation away. I just have to keep in mind that ultimately, I’m training to ride for 24 hours. By the end of the Badger Ride, I’ll still have another 18 hours to go.