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Old 06-30-13, 08:24 AM   #1
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Leading up to the 100k on Thursday

I'm not ready for it but I will be able to finish it. I did a 50 miler at the beginning of the month and then was off the bike for three weeks due to fastpitch softball season (I coach), work, classes and any other excuse I can throw on the pile.

I rode last week and then yesterday did a 30 miler (in the rain). Today is Sunday. Ride is on Thursday which means there are potentially four days (including today) to ride. Two questions.

1 - I assume if I push myself hard I need to take Wednesday (the day before the ride, 7 am check-in) off. That leave three days to ride.

2 - I did 30 yesterday and it was hilly and rainy. Left my legs tired today. Would it be better to do a 30 miler every day until I take my day off prior to the race or should I do a short one as a recovery day and then a longer one?
Basically with the three days I have left should I:
30-30-30-Rest-Race
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30-10-40-Rest-Race

My instincts say that if I can handle a 30 every day I'll be ok for the 100k. My instincts also say that if I can build to the 40 then that makes the 100k easier. My instincts can't ever settle on what they are trying to say to me.

I've even considered just destroying myself every day (which is kind of fun) and letting Wednesday repair it all. Not sure if one day is enough if I push too hard.

Also good nutrition will be on board during this.
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You cant get trained in 4 days all you can do is deplete your legs for the event so I recommend taking it easy on the bike with at least one rest day right before the event

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You cant get trained in 4 days all you can do is deplete your legs for the event so I recommend taking it easy on the bike with at least one rest day right before the event

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I agree with that and am just trying to get to "best I can" in that time. I think you are right that if I try and get into proper shape all I would do is deplete my legs. The goal here would then be to do whatever it is that I can to get prepared the best yet don't delete.

With that in mind I think I'll do a short ride today and a 40 miler on Monday then let that dictate what I do on Tuesday.
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Skip the 40 miler on Monday, do maybe half that.
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40 or 50 on Monday...Tuesday/Wednsday complete rest
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I was able to get in a 503 mile week May 18th. It was fun.
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Good luck WonderMonkey I'm rooting for you.

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I'd do 40-50 monday, rest tues, 15-20 weds and 65 on thurs, 15-20 friday.
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Skip the 40 miler on Monday, do maybe half that.
Don't think two days out is enough rest to recover from a long one?
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40 or 50 on Monday...Tuesday/Wednsday complete rest
That sounds fair. Push as hard as I can then let the recovery work. I think I will see if I have the time (I'll make the time) to do that.
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Thank you! I'll come back and tell everybody all about it.
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My vote would be hit it really hard on Monday, then really light I mean letting small children pass you on tricycles easy, but spin a few miles anyway, on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday don't even walk across the room if you can roll the chair. Then have at it on Thusday, you'll be fine, and the excitement will give you a lift.

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My vote would be hit it really hard on Monday, then really light I mean letting small children pass you on tricycles easy, but spin a few miles anyway, on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday don't even walk across the room if you can roll the chair. Then have at it on Thusday, you'll be fine, and the excitement will give you a lift.
This sounds good. And as I predicted my evening just got booked so I'll be doing all this in the dark. However I'll do it because 1) It's fun and 2) It will make Thursday better.

Thanks for all the thoughts everybody.
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What he said.

It's probably too late but I wouldn't go long, I'd just go really hard for 20 miles on Monday, easy on Tuesday and then a really easy 45 min. spin in your easiest gear on Wednesday.
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Good Luck today WonderMonkey.

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Has anyone talked to WonderMonkey? He said he’d post about his ride Thursday, but I haven’t seen him post on this board recently. I’m hoping he’s o.k.
Here I am! Thanks for the concern! Posting about it now.
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The 100k on July 4th went great! Killed my legs but well within doable.

Here my blog write up: http://www.280dude.com/2013/07/05/10...dom-tour-2013/

We got out the door around 7:30am and headed out. I stayed back with a few of my friends and a few others zoomed ahead. I could have averaged a higher mph but the desire to make sure I finished was strong so I held back. I met several people and even did some business with some that I just met.

The support tents were great (my first tour) and appropriately placed. The rain hit around mile 30 so I did the last part soaking wet but I didn't care. I'm sure riding in the water made it tougher but again it was fine.

My GPS showed 58.x miles and others in the group had different but all under 60 miles. As my previous long was 63.5 miles I did a bit extra and got to 65.9 miles, which is a new all-time PR for me.

I had such a good time that I'm certainly going to do more events, as long as they are fun and not uber-competitive as I don't want to get in anyone's way.

Go read the blog for details!

Thank you everybody for support along this path.
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Congratulations! You gave a nice report too.
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He lives!

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Next year I am aiming towards getting a road bike. I think I would be able to get a better cardio workout with a road bike and be able to more easily do the 100 mile century rides. For now with the time I can commit 100 miles would be a huge stretch.
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I doubt you'll get a better cardio workout but you can probably go faster while getting it. Isn't that the point of cycling anyway - to go faster than you would walking?
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I doubt you'll get a better cardio workout but you can probably go faster while getting it. Isn't that the point of cycling anyway - to go faster than you would walking?
I would get more cardio for just the reason you mentioned... faster! To get a good cardio workout on my hybrid I have to gear down and spin way faster than I normally do. That means going slower and seeing less scenery. With a road bike I can get the cardio but at a faster speed, therefore seeing more scenery.

That's my theory anyways. Theory.
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The quality of your cardio workout is related to the HR you attain and the length of time you keep it there, which you can do on any bike. 99.9% of your cycling is probably aerobic, ergo - good cardio.

Nonetheless, your reasons for getting a road bike are solid.
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The quality of your cardio workout is related to the HR you attain and the length of time you keep it there, which you can do on any bike. 99.9% of your cycling is probably aerobic, ergo - good cardio.

Nonetheless, your reasons for getting a road bike are solid.
I agree with the HR thing. I mash my pedals and turn it into a power workout. Cardio benefit isn't what it could be if I slowed down and spun. Maybe I could train myself to get my mph back up there but I've been a power guy my whole life and that's what comes natural. I'll have to fight that urge.
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