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Old 02-15-14, 01:47 PM   #1
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Is 3 weeks enough time to adequately prepare for a hard century?

I've been slumbering in the last couple of months mostly due to cold weather and work. But now that I have my first race of the season in sight, I'm still trying to get back what I lost after two months off. Since I started, I've only had time to get in 50-60 miles a week. But starting monday, I'll start commuting maybe 3x/week (that's 108-120 miles M-F), with a long endurance ride Saturday. That's maybe 10 hours. I'm not really looking to get a podium, so much as being able to finish the race in the top 1/4 of the 4/5 group. I don't they give out prizes for the 4's in that group anyway. I'll mostly be doing it for the experience.

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But you should still try, and enjoy the experience.

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The less you prepare the harder the century will be, so by tautological logic: yes.
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You should be able to finish, but set realistic expectations for yourself.
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yea, I'll probably sign up regardless of what I read here. I suppose I'm looking for insight more than anything else. probably a good idea to sign up tonight, so I'll have something to wake up to Monday morning.

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do it!

I'm about to head out for a 5hr road ride. It won't be a century.
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Man looks like i stepped into the 41 today
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You can do it. Your base (in your life and this season) will help determine how you feel 96 miles into those 106 miles. Eating and drinking enough usually ends up being a huge factor for me when I do some long rides without much prep (i.e. my SoCal training camps).
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I would plan for at least 41 days
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Bummer, hope you changed tires and kept going though. If not, then the lack of determination might have already determined you fate.

To be honest it seems really hard going from 50-60 miles a week to 106 miles in a day which on top seems to be a terribly hard century. Give it hell for the next 3 weeks and then rest up to the event. I'd try it, I just wouldn't have too high of hopes. There is a possibility you might finish it, and in fact it is very probable, but there are people out there that put 200miles+ a week just to ride that ride. Beating those will be tough.

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Bummer, hope you changed tires and kept going though. If not, then the lack of determination might have already determined you fate.

To be honest it seems really hard going from 50-60 miles a week to 106 miles in a day which on top seems to be a terribly hard century. Give it hell for the next 3 weeks and then rest up to the event. I'd try it, I just wouldn't have too high of hopes. There is a possibility you might finish it, and in fact it is very probable, but there are people out there that put 200miles+ a week just to ride that ride. Beating those will be tough.

Good luck and let us know your progress.
unfortunately I left my saddle bag at home, and was SOL on the side of the highway. Had to wait a while to be picked up. Was considering going out again, but it'll probably be tomorrow...
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unfortunately I left my saddle bag at home, and was SOL on the side of the highway. Had to wait a while to be picked up. Was considering going out again, but it'll probably be tomorrow...
How much did you ride today and how much did you want to ride today?

I've had my awful days on the bike, but nothing feels better than finishing what you intended to ride, over vomit, blood and cramps. I say get the F*** out there and put those legs to work. With that attitude, you will never get to 60 miles, never mind 106.

Here look at this vid. Put on a jacket if it's cold, get as much light as you can if it is dark... forget about your average speed, HR etc.. give it what you have.

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How much did you ride today and how much did you want to ride today?

I've had my awful days on the bike, but nothing feels better than finishing what you intended to ride, over vomit, blood and cramps. I say get the F*** out there and put those legs to work. With that attitude, you will never get to 60 miles, never mind 106.

Here look at this vid. Put on a jacket if it's cold, get as much light as you can if it is dark... forget about your average speed, HR etc.. give it what you have.

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thanks, but I'm shooting for 80 miles tomorrow. I'm not going to do it in the dark. it's really easy to start like a bat out of hell, but it's more important to keep the consistency. 80 miles this week, 100 miles next saturday, maybe more the week after that if my legs are still working, then recovery, meanwhile get some miles in with my commute. that's the plan.
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thanks, but I'm shooting for 80 miles tomorrow. I'm not going to do it in the dark. it's really easy to start like a bat out of hell, but it's more important to keep the consistency. 80 miles this week, 100 miles next saturday, maybe more the week after that if my legs are still working, then recovery, meanwhile get some miles in with my commute. that's the plan.
Good, seems like you got a plan already. Stick to it. Report back tomorrow after the 80 mile ride. I have to say I am just spewing out of my mouth hole right now since I am pretty darn nervous about tomorrow... Not so much about the race but rather the drive before it. the race starts at 9 and the drive is 2.5 hours.
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Good, seems like you got a plan already. Stick to it. Report back tomorrow after the 80 mile ride. I have to say I am just spewing out of my mouth hole right now since I am pretty darn nervous about tomorrow... Not so much about the race but rather the drive before it. the race starts at 9 and the drive is 2.5 hours.
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Good, seems like you got a plan already. Stick to it. Report back tomorrow after the 80 mile ride. I have to say I am just spewing out of my mouth hole right now since I am pretty darn nervous about tomorrow... Not so much about the race but rather the drive before it. the race starts at 9 and the drive is 2.5 hours.
So to be at the race at 8, which is probably the latest you want to be there, you need to be out the door at 5:30? If you're packed and you can eat on the way (like in the car) then you have to get up at 4:30 (gives you some leeway on the travel time) or 5:00 (no room for error)?
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thanks, but I'm shooting for 80 miles tomorrow. I'm not going to do it in the dark. it's really easy to start like a bat out of hell, but it's more important to keep the consistency. 80 miles this week, 100 miles next saturday, maybe more the week after that if my legs are still working, then recovery, meanwhile get some miles in with my commute. that's the plan.
If you do 80 tomorrow then I think the 106 will be fine later. Again, it's just a matter on how the last 10-20 miles feels and how fast/slow you go.

I think it's good that you had the flat/cut tire now. You're learning that carrying around a half pound of tube and levers and maybe some extra cardboard from the tube box (to boot a tire) isn't that much when it comes to fixing a flat. I carry around some other stuff - chain tool (which I know how to use), mini tool thing, extra dropout, spoke wrench (also know how to use), extra KMC Missing Link. Not having one of those can make a minor problem turn into a game ending one. Thoughts on what I carry here and a picture from that below:


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So to be at the race at 8, which is probably the latest you want to be there, you need to be out the door at 5:30? If you're packed and you can eat on the way (like in the car) then you have to get up at 4:30 (gives you some leeway on the travel time) or 5:00 (no room for error)?
I want to be there prior to 7:30am. Waking up at 4. Leaving at 4:30 on the dot. Getting there at 7-7:30 with room for error. Warming up 8:00 to 8:35 then ride around the parking lot until race time! Last time I was the first one there by a good 20 minutes. Organizers were not setup yet
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If you do 80 tomorrow then I think the 106 will be fine later. Again, it's just a matter on how the last 10-20 miles feels and how fast/slow you go.

I think it's good that you had the flat/cut tire now. You're learning that carrying around a half pound of tube and levers and maybe some extra cardboard from the tube box (to boot a tire) isn't that much when it comes to fixing a flat. I carry around some other stuff - chain tool (which I know how to use), mini tool thing, extra dropout, spoke wrench (also know how to use), extra KMC Missing Link. Not having one of those can make a minor problem turn into a game ending one. Thoughts on what I carry here and a picture from that below:


Good luck tomorrow.
that's a lot of stuff... I normally carry a saddle bag with co2, 10 multitool, and a tube. I should probably stick a $20 bill in there too, to pay for a ride if nobody comes to pick me up. But today, I forgot it. I swear, every time, I go out without my tools, I get a flat.
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now this is real inspiration http://www.wimp.com/manold/
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It is indeed. I think i saw a guy around here that looked like him and was about the same age. While I am not trying to discredit him at all, I think (could be wrong) there is a lot of juice in there. Still, more impressive than anything I'll ever do.
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juice, no juice. this guy is chugging along at 70 years old like a duracell battery, as opposed to "f** this we're moving to florida"
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u guys are noobs

spec just ride the damn century. of course you can do it, the question is just how quickly.... riding a lot between now and then will only help.
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