Train like Marathon Nats Champion Geoff Kabush

August 24, 2016 | ,

I often get asked two questions when people see I use Stages Power. Do I like the power meter, and how do I use it. First, I really, really do like my Stages power meter. Having access to power on all my mountain bikes has been a huge benefit for both racing and for training. The simple integration of the Stages power meter into a normal crank has made it extremely simple to quantify the loads of a mountain bike race and then integrate the data into specific training and intervals.


It has made it so much easier to target specific intensities training on the bike I actually race the most instead of using my road bike all the time. Analyzing and reviewing race data to see how pacing and race strategy played out has also been really valuable.


In the fast and intense XC Olympic discipline races I do I don’t often have time to look at the numbers until after. There are, however, some races when realtime data from my Stages is really useful. In some events like last month’s Canadian Marathon Nationals the data really allowed me to control my effort and I believe it helped me win the title. How?



Canadian Marathon Nationals was at the end of July in the tiny hamlet of East Hereford, Quebec. There is a super trail network in the local area and the 82 km course was going to be a serious challenge. In my previous attempt at Marathon Nationals I completely fell apart in the last 10 km so this time I was really focused on conserving fire power for the finale and taking care of my nutrition. I was the only one in the final selection to start with a full hydration pack which I finished along with an additional 4 bottles and 5 Gu’s I picked up along the route for energy.


The first hour was primarily singletrack with a lot of climbing so my plan was to position myself well off the start and then not to overreact to any moves early in the event. The second hour of the race involved a significant amount of fire road so I wanted to make sure I was with the lead group and then conserve as much energy as I could. During the third hour was when the race really started to reach a boil. Before we head the crux of the race and the climb to Mt. Hereford we first had some serious climbing that I hadn’t ridden. My race strategy was to use as little energy in the first part of the race and make it to the top of Mt. Hereford at around 55km in touch with the leaders; from the Mt. Hereford summit the course dropped into the most technical singletrack that continued for most of the last hour and 25km to the finish. I’m around 76.5 kg and throughout the race I was trying to limit the sharper efforts over 420W, or around 5.5W/kg, as I knew I’d need the horsepower for the final showdown.

Here’s the summary in watts.


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