All of us who ride our bikes are endurance athletes, but there is another group of cyclists that we call ultra-endurance athletes. These folks are riding their bikes hundreds of miles at a time over periods of 24 hours or more.
To talk about ultra-endurance cycling, I sat down with Meaghan Hackinen. Meaghan is a two time World 24 Hour Time Trial Champion, has the women’s Fastest Known Time for The Big Lonely, and is the author of “South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels.”
We chat about training, the mental component of ultra-endurance cycling, and tips for anybody who is interested in trying a big ultra race. Whether or not you want to ever want to complete an ultra, this episode will give you insight into what it takes to perform at a high level.
Stuff We Cover In This Episode
- How Meaghan got started with ultra-endurance cycling.
- How she deals with sleep deprivation.
- What has made her successful.
- Things that Meaghan does to work on her mental game.
- Her strategy for nutrition and hydration.
- What Meaghan’s favorite races are.
- Advice for ultra newbies.
Listen To The Interview
Connect With Meaghan
- Instagram: @meaghanhackinen
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meaghanhackinen
- Website: https://meaghanhackinen.com/
- Book: https://bookshop.newestpress.com/products/south-away-the-pacific-coast-on-two-wheels
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About The Host
Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.
An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.
Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life. Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son. If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.
Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.