Precisely pacing races even on abnormal and difficult courses

Stryd can help you consistently conquer hills of all different inclines and declines.

But, what if you are doing something more extreme?

I know that even the most demanding rolling hills are pretty pedestrian for some of you.

Can Stryd still be useful if you are racing something like loose trails, an all uphill race, or an all downhill race?

The answer is yes!

You can apply Stryd the same exact way to extreme terrain as you do on hills.

All you need to do is follow the same formula.

Set a power target and run to that power target.

Boom, done!

Well, wait...

There is a caveat.

You will need to make one small change to your power target.

For example, there are a few races around here in Colorado that meet that 'extreme course' criteria.

One race is the Superior Downhill Mile. The race is net downhill and the winning time is usually well under 4 minutes.

Another race is the Mt. Evan's Ascent. The race consists of 14.5 miles of straight uphill running to the summit of Mt. Evans at 14,000 feet.

Your running fitness built up on flat ground does not fully translate over to a brutal race course like this.

You need to re-test your fitness to determine how you should run a race like this.

Fortunately, that process is pretty simple.

Our typical fitness test (a.k.a. Critical Power test) asks you to complete 9 minutes of running and 3 minutes of running on a track.

Instead of completing that test on a track, you want to complete that test on a section of road that is similar to race conditions.

If you are doing a trail race, complete the test on a trail.

If you are doing an uphill race, complete the test on an uphill.

The results from this test set your power target for a difficult race like this.

Stryd is one of the best ways to pace an unconventional race when conventional methods don't work.

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