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    First organized ride how far?

    How far do you sign up for on your first ride. twice a normal workout. three times?

    Say you are 2 months in to daily rides, 8 miles in an hour didn't kill me. My normal ride has been 5 miles in 30 minutes, but I have a little over a month to change the routine.

    Waffleing between the 19 and 32 mile

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    Considering you are ridding at a 10mph pace can you do 3+ hours in the saddle?
    Is the terrain similar to what you are ridding? Something that has more hills in it might be more difficult for you.
    Are there rest stops that provide nutrition and hydration if you aren't carrying them?
    Are there 'bail outs' if you chose to do the longer ride and feel that you can't make it?

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    Usually the cost of these is the same per route, I always pick the longest one and then choose the route I want to do the day of pending how I feel. Most of the time they overlap each other and there will be a split point to do the longer route, your body/mind will know by the time your make it to the split which way you should go to the finish.

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    There are rest stops and the courses overlap. Terrain should be about the same, Pretty flat near Houston. We have a second house near the course that would cut 5 miles off the tail end of the course if I hit a major wall . I'll probably wind up doing the 19, theres always another ride if it wasn't enough.

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    I like to pick a route that I am totally confident that I will have success in completing without undue distress.
    There are plenty of other things to worry about getting used to the first group ride besides wondering if you'll survive.
    Enjoy it, get comfortable riding with others, and expand your goals on subsequent rides.

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    Okay I got 22 miles in 92 degree, 12mph winds today.
    17 days till ride day, I'm going to shoot for the 36 mile route. Not sure I'm fast enough to make that in 4 hours but...

    I am going to drive the route this weekend with strava running so I can see if there are any elevation surprises.

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    Just realize you need to "ride your own ride". It's easy to get excited and start off too fast and crash before you get back home. The added excitment should get you over the hump. You'll do fine

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    You can do the 36, go for 30 prior and you are set. Just pace yourself day of ride, don't attempt to keep up with others.

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    What ride are you signing up for? Im also in Houston

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    I bought my first return-to-cycling bike in December and did the 30-mile Tour de Sewer the following March (2008). And my rides at that point were weekly and dependent upon the weather.
    That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
    Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour
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    Quote Originally Posted by deftone View Post
    What ride are you signing up for? Im also in Houston
    Hey deftone it's far west http://redwhiteandbike.org/page3/index.html

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    Longer than I have ridden recently, but not by much. My first was 25 miles. Two years ago. Next week was to be first century, but recent health issue put me back to the 1/2 C.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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