On August 29th, Jason Lowetz will take on his second X100 and his first race of any kind since March. How does the Boss Man get ready and stay fueled for a full 100 miles of tight, technical singletrack? We take a look.
Training. "I try to do some of that." At the height of a busy summer at the bike shop, it's tough to put in the big miles necessary for an 8 hour (or longer event). Add in a wife and TWO kids that "can't seem to get enough of me", and Lowetz has a finite amount of time to dedicate to training. The answer? Park the car. Adding in 20-30 minutes each way can put on hundreds of miles over the course of a summer, and Jason has only driven to work or on close errands a few times since May.
No intervals, no real structure, but base miles are certainly in the legs for the Boss.
Diet. Eat lots. "Your body is an engine. You aren't going anywhere without the right fuel," says Lowetz. His diet consists of a balanced breakfast of eggs or pancakes in the morning, oatmeal for lunch, and plenty of snacks throughout the day like nuts, dried fruits and the occasional 9 Bean Rows croissant to ensure he has plenty of "good fats" in his diet. On race day, he'll armed with as much "real food stuff" as he can carry. Kate's bars, bananas, nuts for late race protein and plenty of water. HEED from Hammer is a great option as well. "I try to stick to what a lot of people consider the core health foods like bacon, sausage, ham, venison, jerkeys and smoked meats."
The Bike. Sponsor BMC is making sure Lowetz is well-equipped with a 2016 BMC Fourstroke 01. He'll have it set-up with with his XX1 drivetrain with a 38t front ring. SRAM will be providing his wheels as well with the RISE XX tubulars mounted with Racing Ralphs from Schwalbe.
Final Thoughts. "I'm not expecting to win. I'm going to ride my own pace and just enjoy being out there. I like getting into a rhythm and just going. Somehow the time flies by. If I ride with some other people, that's great, too. But it's really just a great excuse to see some of the best singletrack in Northern Michigan."
YOU can still register for the X100 here.