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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 08-10-08, 08:58 AM   #1
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doing a metric

I am considering doing a 50 mile solo ride. My longest ride to date has been around 21 miles. The course I believe is fairly flat with only a few short climbs. Am I bitting off more then I can chew and should I look at a 30 mile ride. I'm planning on taking a day off to do the ride so I would have all day to do it at my own pace.
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Old 08-10-08, 09:13 AM   #2
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Metric is 62 miles!...Nope. no bitting! You can do it, pace yourself. 2nd one will be even easier!
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Old 08-10-08, 09:55 AM   #3
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Yep, 50 miles is an Imperial Half Century. I'll be riding a half century on the 27th this month, the day before I turn 50 years old. I've riden the route before, just not at the end of August.

You'll want to add on another 12 -13 miles to do a metric Century. Still you can do the 50 mile half century and it would still be a milestone fore you. Then you can shoot for a metric or even an imperial century. (Planning that one for maybe October when the weather is nicer.)
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You should be fine doing the ride, just make sure you bring some food, hydration and keep your effort in the easy to moderate zone so you don't bonk. I've done 2 - full centuries this year with the last one with about 8000' of ascents, my longer rides during the year were typically 40-55 miles. I managed them by staying in the aerobic zone (not breathing hard, can talk) and bringing some gels and bars along with accelerade. When I finished I was fine, could have gone for another hour or more. Good luck!
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If you're not in a rush, it's not a big deal. I got a bit of a skin issue from my first metric, which was not related to exertion or saddle sores, just a coincidence.

Take your time, take a break now and again if you need to, and it shouldn't be too tough, if you have a decent number of miles in your legs this summer.
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If you're not in a rush, it's not a big deal. I got a bit of a skin issue from my first metric, which was not related to exertion or saddle sores, just a coincidence.

Take your time, take a break now and again if you need to, and it shouldn't be too tough, if you have a decent number of miles in your legs this summer.

Hang on... just read your longest ride of the season was 21 miles. Given that fact, it might be a bit of a stretch. Fifty is going to be a big increase over 21, and the usual rule of thumb is that if you can do 80% of a distance on a normal ride, you can do the full 100% for the event day.

If you have means to bail out in the event that things don't go well, I'd say go for it. Otherwise, it might hurt a bit, but you'll probably be able to get done if you're sufficiently determined.
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I say go for it and here is my personal perspective on why.

I typically ride around 20 miles/day when commuting with a few longer rides of up 35 miles thrown in. My current average speed is between 15 and 17 mph. I have about 1900 miles in so far this year. I tried my own 50 mile solo ride on Saturday, but I was unfortunately able to complete it due to two broken spokes. I was able to do 36.5 miles in about 2 hours and 12 minutes and was definitely going to finish the 50 miles without a problem.

Once you get going the most important things are to keep hydrated and fueled. Try to drink about one bottle of water sports drink per hour and stop to stretch and eat something about every 15 to 20 miles. I started my ride with 2 full bottles and had two spares and one of those blue refreezable packs in an insulated lunch box on my rear rack. I used a 1/2 peanut butter sandwich as my snack at the 19 and 36.5 mile marks. Also make sure you have access to some assistance via cell phone if you happen to run into any problems.

Good luck on your attempt and ride your own pace.
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A metric is a very doable distance and really all it takes is attitude. If you think you can do, you will.

Like you suggested, give yourself the day to enjoy the distance. Remember to fuel yourself at regular intervals. This isn't a short ride; you will need to keep the engine stoked so take in some carbs or protein every 20 miles or 2 hours and drink lots of water. Regular sips every 15 minutes or more especially if it is hot. Stop for lunch but don't eat too much and take stop that long. Generally I never stop more than 5 minutes for refueling or 20 minutes for lunch.

Take photos, write up your adventure and let us know how it goes!
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