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    Old Fart gapwedge's Avatar
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    Going for my first 50 miler!!

    It is all about making progress for me. Last month was my first month of riding 400+ miles. I am closing in on my second 400+ mile month and looking at my bike journal enteries my avg mph has improved as well this month over last. Saturday will be my first 50 miler. 40 has been my best up until now and I have only done that a couple of times. The 50 miler will be part of the annual Big Dam Bridge 100. I could have chosen the metric century, but since I really only have a couple of months of training behind me I am happy to do the 50 first. I hope this trend of progress continues and am anxious to see this time next year if I am sharing with you that I am riding in the Century. Now if I can just get my eating habits back on track.
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    Good luck, you can do it! Sounds like you're getting some good riding in, 400+ per month.

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    I am sure if you can do 400 in a month that a 50 mile day will be pretty easy. Just do it at your speed and you will be fine!!!

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    Thanks. I hope I can do well too. Since this is a big ride I should be able to pick out some pacers along the way to keep me going.
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    You can do it man, after 2 months of riding and only doing 41 miles twice I did a 55.3 mile group ride and the only thing that hurt was my butt 4 after 1 hr. ECB1

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    The best advice I can give you for 50 miles, is drink alot of water and either bring a bottle or two of gatorade to replenish electrolytes or buy those gel packs that have electrolytes, that is the most important part of long rides, and since your going for 50 miles you should bring something to eat at the middle of the ride at 25 miles I would eat, maybe a PBJ sandwhich. Good Luck and ride safe.

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    You'd do the 60 no prollem. With a group of pacers, motivation from others around you, you'll do the 60. Just DO NOT start out to fast. 90% of the others will make that rookie mistake! Ya get hyped and tend to shoot off the line. DON'T DO IT! You'll catch all them rider a few miles down the road.

    I bet your ride report says you did the 60 ride. A 60 miler is a 40 miler with one more rest stop!

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    You'll do it in a breeze, I weigh the same and ride half as much monthly. Did my first metric and it was no problem. At 400 miles a month you have to be doing some in the 30's. You won't notice much difference
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    Wow, thanks for the encouragement. I think a lot of it is mental right now. I don't have a huge amount of confidence because this is all new ground for me. This is a sponsored ride with plenty of aid stations so I should be ok with refueling. And I agree with Beanz going out too quickly will be mistake. I used to run back in the day and I have bonked on 10K and half marathons before because of going out with a faster pace than I could sustain. I will report back after the ride Saturday and will let you know how it went. This ride is the annual Big Dam Bridge 100 with nearly 2000 riders. Rides are 15, 30, 50, 62, and 100.
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    With your mileage and having done 40 you are at the mental bridge. Just look at it as a series of 10 mile rides. Start easy and aim for the next rest stop.

    You have this baby in the bag already.

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    Good luck I'm sure you'll be fine
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    Ok, here is my report from my first 50 miler. This ride was part of the Big Dam Bridge 100 in Little Rock. There were over 2000 riders. The weather could not have been better. Lower than normal humidity for Arkansas and in the mid 70's at the 7:30 start. I was nervous last night and was a little nervous seeing that many riders lining up for a ride. I had not been on the bike for a couple of days because of inclimate weather which left my legs fresh. I told myself not to go out to fast but got caught up in the euphoria and the adrenalin kicked in and I was off at a 20 mph pace. Way too fast for me. I have onlly been seriously riding since August 1st and did not know what to expect with only 6 weeks of riding under my belt. One of our local riders was also riding their first 50 so we kinda got together to pace and keep company. The first aid station was only 7 miles into the ride so we passed on it and was planning on stopping at the second one. Well, the signs were not well marked and we rode right by it. UGH. The next one was at mile 25 which was our turn around point. We did stop at that one. Refueled and back on the road. We finished the 50 in 3:03 or about a 16.4 mph average. I could not believe I held up so well. I did fade a little toward the end, but felt ok. That is my longest distance to date and by far my fastest time. Since I normally train alone, it helped to have others on the road. I am so excited that my training is paying off. Thanks for the confidence guys. I appreciated the support.
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