What is a long endurance race?
It all dedends on your concept of long. We know humans are designed for endurance. even athletes who claim to have fast twitch muscles can, with training and a shift in mindset, go long.
An Ironman is likely to take 9-17 hours. Ottillo run-spring races usually take my team 7 hours. 100 mile bike ride is 5 hours of effort. All your body understands is it is working at low intensity for a long time. You’re not using sugars for fuel but stored fat.
If you’ve completed a 70.3 triathlon and as you crossed the finish line believed doing double for an Ironman would be impossible. Think again. Once you have a finish line in mind, you will cross it.
Any ultra is hard. You need to prepare your body for the adventure. As important is preparing your mind and spirit.
We’ve raced long, sometimes just for the challenge, at others chasing the glory. Whatever challenge you choose, a coach will make preparing for your adventure so much easier.