Gearing Up for This Year
This year, the duo are hoping to finish what they started. For Graham and Kellie, the level of camaraderie the Fat Pursuit carries sets it apart from other races.
“Given the small field and huge course, you don’t tend to see people very often,” shares Kellie. “When you do encounter another participant, the energy and atmosphere are so friendly and genuine the exchange is all heart and a whole lot of soul. You see people on the trail whom you’ve never met before and you become fast friends. The encounter mirrors that of best friends who haven’t seen one another in far too long and are reuniting over snow, cold and a fair amount of suffering.”
Kellie and Graham have been preparing for the Fat Pursuit for several months. Being strong cyclists, much of the fitness was already established, it just needed to be maintained. Training became more about getting their heads in the game and getting their gear dialed.
“Riding in the dark is very different than riding in the day,” shares Kellie. “The training has shifted from ticking off miles to figuring out how to layer, how to ride at night, and knowing exactly where everything is stowed on the bike and the most efficient way to access it. For me, riding at night is really challenging. Graham can’t stay awake, but I’m totally in my head and wide awake.”
They formulated a training plan that included long rides every weekend and an overnight ride every other weekend, clocking about 100 miles a week. The two stay motivated by training together.