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Old 05-22-08, 10:05 PM   #1
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New Goal 100k in 3 months?

Is this possible for me? I am 300lbs right now. I ride about 60-70 miles per week right now and I just started riding last week. Here is my plan on as slowly as I can increasing the mileage until I am at 100k.

1. Ride to school 3-5 days per week 14 miles round trip
2. Every Saturday, go for a long ride. I have ridden as far as 19 miles so far so the plan this weekend is to do 20+

May
Week 1: NA
Week 2: NA
Week 3: 16 miles
Week 4: 19 miles

June
Week 1: 20
Week 2: 22.5 miles
Week 3: 25 miles
Week 4: 50k bike ride

July
Week 1: 33 miles
Week 2: 35 miles
Week 3: 40 miles
Week 4: Hotter than Hell (100 miles over 3 days=33 miles per day)

Aug
Week 1: 45 miles
Week 2: 50 miles
Week 3: 55 miles
Week 4: 60 miles (first 100k ride)

My true goal is by Sept 24th to ride in my school's Parker Wellness Ride which the highest is 100k. Do you think this is a realistic goal? Or do you think I am jumping up in too large of increments? Maybe only adding 1-2 more miles per weekend ride?
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Old 05-22-08, 10:24 PM   #2
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Actually, depending on how long your school hours are, you're doing two 7 milers, not a 14 mile ride. I think the rule of thumb is to increase mileage by 10 a week. I'd say it's out of your league for now.

My thought would be that the 3/ 33 mile consecutive rides will burn you out. You may have trouble doing the 45 the next week.
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I had only been riding for two months when I did my first 100k on a mountain bike with 2.3" tires in Glenn Rose Tx. (there is a hill two down there) It kicked my ass, but they got easier. I try to do 15 or 20 miles a day four days a week with a longer ride on the weekend. If you try to ride with a group on the weekends, it helps to stay motivated and the miles go by quicker when you get to talk to people.
I think you can do it. Also try to give yourself a destination when you ride, remember a 100k is only 32 miles out and then back again. Not to bad if you stop, eat, and rest at the turnaround point.
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If you're doing 3 14-mile rides during the week, plus a longer weekend ride, then your main challenge is going to be getting yourself in shape to tolerate sitting in the saddle for the length of time you need. You probably only need to get your big weekend ride up to 45 miles to be prepared.

Last December I decided to ride a spring English century, and I did my first metric century before the end of February (by accident, I was on a group ride and chatting, and we missed our turn). Admittedly I had a leg up on you as far as weight (I lost 60 pounds last year, the riding was my reward). What I noticed was that it was more painful up front than later. The first 25-mile ride hurt, and likewise for 30-mile, 35-mile, 40-mile. I mean muscle soreness, hard to climb stairs, etc. But somewhere around 50 miles, the additional miles stopped hurting and just made me tired. Now it's just the time commitment that's hurting (time riding, and more time sleeping).

Be sure you're stretching. Probably want to stretch every 10-15 miles. Yeah, it sounds like overkill. But it gets you off the bike and shifting your muscles around. You might finish your 100k faster if you stop and stretch every 25k than if you just power through it.

Throw in some rest weeks, maybe every third or fourth week. Cut your mileage maybe in half, or do something other than cycling. Or have a week where you bike an extra 10 miles on the way to or from school, and skip the weekend ride.

For weightloss, I suspect that you'd be better off with many smaller rides spread across the week than with big weekend rides. Part of my weightloss plan was to get eating under control. I find that when I do long hard rides (50 miles fast, 70 miles hilly, etc), that I have significant troubles managing my eating over the next 24 hours or so. I try hard to eat amounts appropriate to the calories I've just burned, but even so control is hard because things are so variable. Then again, long rides get you somewhere, so they keep the interest up.
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One rule of thumb I've heard that works pretty well for me is increase your long ride by no more than about 10% per week. Your schedule pretty much does that, except there's a bigger jump at week 4. Maybe you could make up for that by taking it a little easy the 1st week of July ro recover. You probably want to do that the 1st week of August to, to recover from the hotter than hell.
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Actually, depending on how long your school hours are, you're doing two 7 milers, not a 14 mile ride. I think the rule of thumb is to increase mileage by 10 a week. I'd say it's out of your league for now.

My thought would be that the 3/ 33 mile consecutive rides will burn you out. You may have trouble doing the 45 the next week.
Did you mean 10%? That I think is a great goal to set for every weekend. And yes, my rides to school are 7 miles in the morning and 7 miles in the evening, not 14 miles at one time. And I found out today the HTH is not 3 days, its 1 day. I guess I will be doing a shorter ride that day!
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If you're doing 3 14-mile rides during the week, plus a longer weekend ride, then your main challenge is going to be getting yourself in shape to tolerate sitting in the saddle for the length of time you need. You probably only need to get your big weekend ride up to 45 miles to be prepared.

Last December I decided to ride a spring English century, and I did my first metric century before the end of February (by accident, I was on a group ride and chatting, and we missed our turn). Admittedly I had a leg up on you as far as weight (I lost 60 pounds last year, the riding was my reward). What I noticed was that it was more painful up front than later. The first 25-mile ride hurt, and likewise for 30-mile, 35-mile, 40-mile. I mean muscle soreness, hard to climb stairs, etc. But somewhere around 50 miles, the additional miles stopped hurting and just made me tired. Now it's just the time commitment that's hurting (time riding, and more time sleeping).

Be sure you're stretching. Probably want to stretch every 10-15 miles. Yeah, it sounds like overkill. But it gets you off the bike and shifting your muscles around. You might finish your 100k faster if you stop and stretch every 25k than if you just power through it.

Throw in some rest weeks, maybe every third or fourth week. Cut your mileage maybe in half, or do something other than cycling. Or have a week where you bike an extra 10 miles on the way to or from school, and skip the weekend ride.

For weightloss, I suspect that you'd be better off with many smaller rides spread across the week than with big weekend rides. Part of my weightloss plan was to get eating under control. I find that when I do long hard rides (50 miles fast, 70 miles hilly, etc), that I have significant troubles managing my eating over the next 24 hours or so. I try hard to eat amounts appropriate to the calories I've just burned, but even so control is hard because things are so variable. Then again, long rides get you somewhere, so they keep the interest up.
Good point on the rest weekends. I will definately consider that especially the week before/after a long group ride every 3-4 weeks.
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My wife did her first metric, followed by a full century the following week a few Septembers ago after only starting to ride in May. Of course it's doable. You could probably do it now if you put your mind to it and could suffer some discomfort. Your training is what will enable you to do it faster and with less pain (both during and after the ride). Keep increasing your distance little by little until you can do a 50 mile ride non-stop (or even with some rest stops), a few weeks before your metric, and you'll do just fine. Remember to take rest and recovery days too...those are the days that make you stronger, believe it or not.
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My wife did her first metric, followed by a full century the following week a few Septembers ago after only starting to ride in May. Of course it's doable. You could probably do it now if you put your mind to it and could suffer some discomfort. Your training is what will enable you to do it faster and with less pain (both during and after the ride). Keep increasing your distance little by little until you can do a 50 mile ride non-stop (or even with some rest stops), a few weeks before your metric, and you'll do just fine. Remember to take rest and recovery days too...those are the days that make you stronger, believe it or not.
How often are you supposed to take rest/recover days? This week my schedule has been Sunday off, Monday I rode 19 miles with a group after work. Tuesday and Wednesday riding to school and back. Thursday off, but running a lot during my part time job after school valeting cars and Friday I rode 8.5 miles. Tomorrow I plan on riding 20+ miles. So that would make for 75 miles with Sunday and Thursday off.
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How often are you supposed to take rest/recover days? This week my schedule has been Sunday off, Monday I rode 19 miles with a group after work. Tuesday and Wednesday riding to school and back. Thursday off, but running a lot during my part time job after school valeting cars and Friday I rode 8.5 miles. Tomorrow I plan on riding 20+ miles. So that would make for 75 miles with Sunday and Thursday off.
There is no hard-fast rule...when your body tells you it's time to take a day off, take a day off. For me, about 4 days of my 50mi RT commute and I need a rest day (usually Friday), then I take an easy ride on Saturday and a long ride on Sunday.
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I was riding seriously for maybe 2 or 3 months when I did my first metric century, then I did another a couple months later. (The first was actually an attempt at 50 miles, but riding there from the train station
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What is your real reason for doing the metric century? Mine was just to say I could do it, and I know that I was physically able to do that within the first two weeks of owning a bike. But, I didn't do that until much later, because I was using my bike as an aerobic workout only and didn't care to do the metric century. So, I only rode for an hour or a little more. Physically it was an easy thing to do, mentally is a little different when you do it alone.

If it isn't somewhat fun, or a goal that you MUST meet for yourself, you may have a tough time completing it.

My recommendation is the same as that as people have given me on running. Increase your long distance by approximately 10% a week. It helped me get to a 10k distance in running and sometimes that extra 10% was tough to add and the next week it wasn't that bad at all to add another 10%. If you have a tough time with a 10% gain in distance in one week, you may want to keep that 10% as a two week goal, but only for one additional week, then increase 10% again the next time.

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You can do it.
If you enjoy the training it'll be easier to stay motivated as distances and the temperature increases through the summer.

FYI: If you're planning on doing the Hotter than Hell in Wichita Falls it's the last week of Aug not July.
If you're looking for a ride the last week of July try the Goatneck 100 in Cleburne.

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