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  • Tour of Idaho preparation, equipment, logistics - post your questions here.

    This Topic is to address any questions that you may have concerning the items above. Please read the pertinent sections of MotorcycleJazz.com before posting a question here. Thanks.

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    (I am sure this stuff gets brought up every winter but with your indulgence--2 of many prep question/areas)
    1. Physical Fitness – TOI finishers or riders who prepped for and have done significant sections; is there are any specific fitness training/routines that you felt were invaluable? Anything you would add or do different? Note: I have initiated my fitness routine, the usual; lose a bit of weight, cardio, core and a midterm motivator goal-- but my recent outdoor background is not moto so I am looking for TOI/moto specific ideas to incorporate into my physical training…...
    1. Winter time riding drills -- TOI finishers or riders who prepped for and done significant sections; are there are any TOI specific riding drills you would recommend? Short or trail time, what is the ‘best overall drill’ you have done to improve your personal single track skills? Things you felt helped with challenging sections of the TOI. Looking for drills that can be done ‘now’ while the snow has the local single track shut away, maybe down at a local MX track or small play area. Note: I am signed up for Jimmy’s Jan session and know I will get a boatload of drills/routines from one of the best-- but am looking for things ‘you’ have done that really helped with your TOI style single track.

    Thanks, Marshal

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    • #3
      There is not much going on here during the winter months. When March rolls around the T1 community will get going again. In the meantime it sounds like you have your bases covered. Just ride a lot and go see Jimmy.

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        Originally posted by trail717 View Post
        (I am sure this stuff gets brought up every winter but with your indulgence--2 of many prep question/areas)
        1. Physical Fitness – TOI finishers or riders who prepped for and have done significant sections; is there are any specific fitness training/routines that you felt were invaluable? Anything you would add or do different? Note: I have initiated my fitness routine, the usual; lose a bit of weight, cardio, core and a midterm motivator goal-- but my recent outdoor background is not moto so I am looking for TOI/moto specific ideas to incorporate into my physical training…...

        1. Winter time riding drills -- TOI finishers or riders who prepped for and done significant sections; are there are any TOI specific riding drills you would recommend? Short or trail time, what is the ‘best overall drill’ you have done to improve your personal single track skills? Things you felt helped with challenging sections of the TOI. Looking for drills that can be done ‘now’ while the snow has the local single track shut away, maybe down at a local MX track or small play area. Note: I am signed up for Jimmy’s Jan session and know I will get a boatload of drills/routines from one of the best-- but am looking for things ‘you’ have done that really helped with your TOI style single track.


        Thanks, Marshal
        Marshall,

        It sounds like you've done your due diligence in terms of physical prep. The most important thing physically is to build up both strength and endurance. You'll need a lot of both. One of the best ways to do both is just to ride a lot. Go out and put some 100+ mile days on technical terrain and see how you feel. Your first day on the Tour will be 150 miles and almost 30K vertical feet of elevation.

        The biggest barriers to Tour success are mental. Does one have the internal stamina and fortitude to get up 9 mornings in a row and jump back into dirty clothes on an increasingly uncomfortable motorcycle knowing that they are going to get pounded all day. Is one ready to be mostly alone in the middle of nowhere for more than a week. Does one have the will to keep going no matter what. First aid? Mechanical ability? Navigation? How's all that sorted out? There has never been one person who showed up for the Tour who was completely ready for what followed because there is almost nothing like this anywhere.

        Mostly it boils down to determination. If one has the skill (intermediate+ riding ability) and has properly prepared they'll be good if they can just keep going.

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