Join Date: May 2012
Location: Rockland County, NY
Bikes: Giant TCR SL3 and Trek 1.5
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Originally Posted by EL LUCHADOR
congrats man. doing my first one this month and im nervous as heck
Have no fear, have fun! Seriously, one of the biggest keys to success in any kind of sport, even when you're not really trying to compete, is to relax. The mind can have a big limiting factor on the body's overall ability to perform at its top level. It's like the old saying goes, practice saying "I think I can!" and you'll greatly improve your chances that you actually will.
Personally, for anyone's first century, I'd advise them to pace themselves a bit rather than trying to finish it at the top speed at which your capable. Simply put, you may not really know what that top speed is and you'd rather finish than "bonk" with 20 miles left to go. Secondly, eat, but eat sensibly. Skip carb binges and focus on sensible proteins, natural sugars that come from fruits and things like bananas during the race for their potassium benefit.
Lastly, don't fall for the adage that you need to ride 100 miles straight as part of your training regimen. I never actually did a 100-mile ride before any century. Intervals mixing sprints and climbing are just as effective and fit most people's active schedules much better. Unless you're doing a Fondo, most centuries don't have that much climbing in them, so endurance is really what you're going after.
Above all, enjoy it! We all have a relatively finite number of things we'll always remember; for most cyclists, the first century's one of them.