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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 08-15-10, 08:20 PM   #1
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Wife wants to do a metric....

My SO said to me she wants to do a metric this year, before the end of November, longest ride, so far about 40km. How many think this is still doable, considering that by November, we are losing the light..... I'm thinking it's doable, but it means really ramping up the weekly distance first.
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My SO said to me she wants to do a metric this year, before the end of November, longest ride, so far about 40km. How many think this is still doable, considering that by November, we are losing the light..... I'm thinking it's doable, but it means really ramping up the weekly distance first.
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Go for it! You both can do it and keep the other motivated along the way. Good Luck
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I dunno, I got highly flamed in the Roadie forum for saying it's doable, and posting this next bit.

I say go for it, my longest individual ride was 38 miles before I went 100 miles. I would imagine the ratio being the same would yield similar results.

If you listen to the guys over there, you need to have zero life off the bike to do that sort of distance.

I guess I need to start adding the tagline "your mileage may vary."
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I dunno, I got highly flamed in the Roadie forum for saying it's doable, and posting this next bit.

I say go for it, my longest individual ride was 38 miles before I went 100 miles. I would imagine the ratio being the same would yield similar results.

If you listen to the guys over there, you need to have zero life off the bike to do that sort of distance.

I guess I need to start adding the tagline "your mileage may vary."

Most of the guys on the road forum, don't ride over 50 miles, EVER! I won't say all, but alot.
IMO; The road forum is filled with want to be racers, granted some are, at a low level, but still.
There idea of a ride is 30 miles at 25+ mph. There is more to riding than the hammer. Not saying the hammerfest isn't fun, it is. But there are many ways to ride the roads and enjoy yourself.

Riding 64 miles is not that hard, just pace yourself. Pick a flat route. If she has a level of fitness to do 40k, a metric is a easy step up.
She will make it and do well.
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Most of the guys on the road forum, don't ride over 50 miles, EVER! I won't say all, but alot.
IMO; The road forum is filled with want to be racers, granted some are, at a low level, but still.
There idea of a ride is 30 miles at 25+ mph. There is more to riding than the hammer. Not saying the hammerfest isn't fun, it is. But there are many ways to ride the roads and enjoy yourself.

Riding 64 miles is not that hard, just pace yourself. Pick a flat route. If she has a level of fitness to do 40k, a metric is a easy step up.
She will make it and do well.
You know, I got that feeling that the road forum was like that, but didn't want to outright say it.

People need to just HTFU sometimes, take a look in the mirror, say "I'm awesome" and go do it.

And, +1 to "She will make it and do well."
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It's doable

You can do it.


Going from 20 miles to 60 miles at the 21-22 MPH range is a huge jump. Going from 20-60 miles at a normal pace isn't. Even in November you should be able to ride at 10MPH for most of the ride and still have time to make it.
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My SO said to me she wants to do a metric this year, before the end of November, longest ride, so far about 40km. How many think this is still doable, considering that by November, we are losing the light..... I'm thinking it's doable, but it means really ramping up the weekly distance first.
You don't actually have to ride 60 miles in order to do a metric. What you should be able to do is 40 - 45, maybe 50 miles comfortably two weekends before the metric date. The biggest key is knowing nutrition and how to keep from bonking on a longer ride. It's OK to be on empty after 40 miles but to push another 23 or so, you need to have a tank full. So push your SO's mileage up to a respectable 40 - 45 miles, and work on fueling, hydration, knowing what your body accepts and a metric should be no problem. I went out two weekends ago, after not doing a ride longer than 40 all season and had no problem doing a hilly 65. It's all in attitude, stubborness and keeping away from bonking.
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I dunno, I got highly flamed in the Roadie forum for saying it's doable, and posting this next bit.

I say go for it, my longest individual ride was 38 miles before I went 100 miles. I would imagine the ratio being the same would yield similar results.

If you listen to the guys over there, you need to have zero life off the bike to do that sort of distance.

I guess I need to start adding the tagline "your mileage may vary."
For a period of 5 -6 years, I did alot of centuries. The centuries were my long rides. I usually never did over 40 miles before doing a century. The key I think was consistancy. I would ride 4 - 5 times a week, generally 20 - 30 miles each time (sometimes though less) and doing a 40 miler on the weekend. My times weren't the fastest but they were respectable (in the 7 1/2 - 9 hour range depending on elevation gain).
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Just about anyone who's butt can stand more than a few miles at a time on a bike can ride a bike 65 miles.
Training just helps you do it faster and/or more comfortable.
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Put me down for doable. Like many I think having a good base built up is important. I'm not familiar with how long SO has been riding and how did she feel after the 40km ride?

Consider all options in supporting her for to be motivated to finish the metric. Take her a 100 km from home and drop her off. Drive home and have her favorite meal waiting for her when she gets there.
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I dunno, I got highly flamed in the Roadie forum for saying it's doable, and posting this next bit.

I say go for it, my longest individual ride was 38 miles before I went 100 miles. I would imagine the ratio being the same would yield similar results.

If you listen to the guys over there, you need to have zero life off the bike to do that sort of distance.

I guess I need to start adding the tagline "your mileage may vary."
More power to you if you can do a century when your longest training ride is 38 miles. It has been my experience that I need to do about 75% of the distance in training in order comfortably to do a century (or whatever distance) in an organized ride.
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If I can do it....

ok... looking at my logs

week 1 - 38 miles - longest ride 15 miles
week 2 - 64 miles - longest ride 20 miles
week 3 - 112 miles - longest ride 33 miles
week 4 - 104 miles - longest ride 25 miles
week 5 - 84 miles - longest ride 22 miles
week 6 - 116 miles - metric century
week 7 - 132 miles - metric century
week 8 - 162 miles - century
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Put me down for doable. Like many I think having a good base built up is important. I'm not familiar with how long SO has been riding and how did she feel after the 40km ride?

Consider all options in supporting her for to be motivated to finish the metric. Take her a 100 km from home and drop her off. Drive home and have her favorite meal waiting for her when she gets there.
If she is doing a metric then so am I, she was sore after the ride, but that's probably because she wasn't paying attention and crashed, just past the halfway point.... I'm thinking there is a small town about 50km north of here, so thinking of riding there and back, the advantage, because of Lake Ontario, this is a low point, so if we go 50km trending uphill, then coming home is 50km, trending down hill.
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I dunno, I got highly flamed in the Roadie forum for saying it's doable, and posting this next bit.

I say go for it, my longest individual ride was 38 miles before I went 100 miles. I would imagine the ratio being the same would yield similar results.

If you listen to the guys over there, you need to have zero life off the bike to do that sort of distance.

I guess I need to start adding the tagline "your mileage may vary."
I think it depends, at 17km/h it would take just under 6 hours, saddle time, probably closer to 7 hours total. Leaving at 8AM you would be back at 3PM, that's fairly reasonable. The big issue becomes the weather, November can be cold, it gets dark earlier and some years it becomes the rainy season. 100km on a day like yesterday where it was nice and sunny, yeah, 100km on a day where the temperature starts at 2℃ and doesn't get above 7℃ with rain most of the day and moderate to high wind, pass.
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take your time and have food/water with you
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take your time, take plenty of rests, and eat/drink often and you can do it.

I rode most of RAGBRAI in Iowa this summer, and before day 1 the longest ride I had ever ridden was 27 miles. Day 1 was 60 miles and I was whipped because we were so hot that we didn't have any appetites so we didn't eat. We paid the price for not eating and drinking gatorade. Day two was 52 miles and it was great. Day 3 was an even 100 miles, day 4 was 75 miles, day 5 was 48. I am 6'3" and 250lbs, and my brother and law who I rode with is 6'5" and 240lbs.

It was completely doable because we were there to motivate and keep each other going when it would have been easier to just sit a section out.
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How many think this is still doable, considering that by November, we are losing the light.....
I did my first metric century in January. This far north, the sun goes down around 11 am, and if you can't hold a good speed, the polar bears will motivate you. Scratch that; in Jan we get daylight from around 9 am until maybe 3:45 pm. Up here at 47 degrees north, the sun is a precious commodity.

Do you have a route planned out? I left from Seattle in the morning, and followed some trails out into the suburbs. I went with a couple friends on mountain bikes, so it was slow going, and we stopped a few times, for meals, to check out the scenery, etc. We got back to civilization by sun down, and it was pretty dark by the time we made it back into the city. All of us had bright lights, but, that said, the boonies are dark. If you're worried about losing daylight, you should consider doing your century within Toronto, where the streets are (I'd assume) well lit. I did 50 miles without leaving Seattle on Sunday - you can find a long route that doesn't cover the same ground twice, in a city.

Dress well, because the rains come before November, and figure out what you're going to do about food. You'll be fine. And you'll be pretty impressed with yourself at the end of the day.
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I found at 40 miles that my feet really hurt! It was agonizing finishing a half century with hotfoot. The shoes were already laced as loosely as possible on my wide feet. Bike sandals were the answer for me. I was happy that I was not on a longer ride.
While preparing for my first metric, I also found differences in managing hydration and nutrition (for 25 miles it wasn't a big deal). I found that bringing a small tube of extra chamois butt'r was important. Found some brands of sports drink that caused cramping. I also like having convenience stores on my route so I can use their indoor restrooms and refill water bottles and food if I didn't bring enough.

I suggest building up slowly to riding longer distances. It made hitting the milestone much more enjoyable working out some of the kinks on shorter routes.
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How do you feel after 40 km. If you're already toast, it may be difficult. Also factor in wind and terrain. 100K in strong winds might be tough. Lots of climbing? A flat metric without wind should not be a problem, well at least not until the next day. I say go for it. Plan the route so you can abort if required. Say 60 km out then back to the start then another 40 km. Or an option to return by mass transit.
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