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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-28-08, 02:01 PM   #1
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Thanks for the advice distance Clydes, now I thinking about doing a metric!!

Wow, I got back from my morning bike ride and wanted to thank everyone for the great advise about doing distance rides. I know that it is not the distance that many of you are doing, but it was good start to gauge what kind of shape I'm in. Todays ride was a little over half rolling hills and the other half was pretty flat or small inclines or dips. I did it all on my old Giant mountain bike with knobbys. Here are the stats for the ride.

Total time: 2 hours 11 minutes
Total miles:30.36
Average speed: 13.8 mph
Top speed 37.1 mph

I could feel the effects from my spinning class a couple of days ago on a few of the bigger hills. I also was a little short on sleep, so I felt pretty good considering those facts. I originally planned to ride a 40 miler on Aug . 10 on one of the local club rides. Now, I may try to push myself in doing to metric century given the fact that I will have a road bike and still have some time to train to get ready. It may be a lofty goal at this point, but I want to try. Plus, can always ride the 40 if I feel that I am not in good enough shape.
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Old 06-28-08, 02:26 PM   #2
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62 No problem!
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if you hit 37 i doubt it was all flat Great job spinning up hills is a real skill that helps alot when you find the big ones (and saves your knees i am told by the old guys around here )
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When you want to step up to a new personal record distance, be it 50 miles, or 62, or 100, or 200, or RAAM consider doing it at an organized event where you will have plenty of support.
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When you want to step up to a new personal record distance, be it 50 miles, or 62, or 100, or 200, or RAAM consider doing it at an organized event where you will have plenty of support.
+100

I did my first (and only) metric century on a organized MS ride. The MC was an additional loop that veered off and returned back onto the main route. Luckly for the 1-2 rest stops on the loop I was able to take well needed breaks and refuel. I wasnt ready for that milage and I was greatful for the rest stops.
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When you want to step up to a new personal record distance, be it 50 miles, or 62, or 100, or 200, or RAAM consider doing it at an organized event where you will have plenty of support.
That was my idea too. Here is the ride that I am looking at doing.
http://www.coveredbridgetour.org/
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