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Old 10-01-13, 08:29 PM   #1
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What to do training wise this week before my first 30 mile race

Hi there. This coming Saturday I will ride a 30 miles race, this will be my first one. So my question is what to do about riding this week. Today I rode 15 miles and I was planning on ride 10 miles on Thursday, then rest on Friday and get fresh for Saturday. Is that a good plan?
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if you can do 20 without a problem 30 is doable... your weekly plan sounds just fine... heck you might want to ride an easy 10 on friday... you said race... but being your first 30 I'd say don't get caught up in speed, better to take it easy and finish strong than push hard at the beginning and DNF

I don't know what sort of group riding experience you have but if you can find some people of similar speed pulling into a group can do amazing things for how much effort you have to do to maintain speed so you can go much faster without using more energy... but if you haven't ridden in a group before be careful, the group makes it hard to see bumps, rocks, pot-holes etc... so ride safe
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if you can do 20 without a problem 30 is doable... your weekly plan sounds just fine... heck you might want to ride an easy 10 on friday... you said race... but being your first 30 I'd say don't get caught up in speed, better to take it easy and finish strong than push hard at the beginning and DNF
Yeah. If this is a race, and you're asking this type of question(s), you're basically not ready for it. Go and enjoy. Perhaps you meant "ride" or "group ride"? If this is the case, I'm with donalson: be careful and cause no one to crash--yourself or especially anyone else.

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I don't know what sort of group riding experience you have but if you can find some people of similar speed pulling into a group can do amazing things for how much effort you have to do to maintain speed so you can go much faster without using more energy... but if you haven't ridden in a group before be careful, the group makes it hard to see bumps, rocks, pot-holes etc... so ride safe
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Hi there. This coming Saturday I will ride a 30 miles race, this will be my first one. So my question is what to do about riding this week. Today I rode 15 miles and I was planning on ride 10 miles on Thursday, then rest on Friday and get fresh for Saturday. Is that a good plan?
No. Friday go out for a short ride. Spin in an easy gear, keep it relatively flat terrain. Maybe even do 1 or 2 accelerations just to open the legs up a bit. The day before an event you never want to stay off the bike: your legs will--for lack of a better term--go to sleep or freeze up. Ride a little bit to remind them of what they need to do. Not a big ride: you don't want to tire out. But enough just to drive home the point.
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what kinda race is it?
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You guys are right it not a race, but a ride. Since it's going to be my first one my focus is to finish and not set some kind of record. It will be the first time that I ride in a group, so I will be extra careful.
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You guys are right it not a race, but a ride. Since it's going to be my first one my focus is to finish and not set some kind of record. It will be the first time that I ride in a group, so I will be extra careful.
OK. You've got a good mindset. At 30 miles there will be a big mix of folks doing the ride including young kids with parents, etc. Depending on your fitness and assuming this is a "mass" start I wouldn't necessarily start in the very back unless you're very patient. Kids and real beginners can be sketchy; If it's a small ride, however, it won't make much of a difference.

Whatever you're approach you'll have a great time.
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I'll be doing my first century "race" in two weeks. My first half metric-32 miles-was 2 years ago.

A friend, who was a real racer in his youth, keeps chiding me, and reminding me it isn't a race. I "dissagree" with him since I will be racing the SAG sweep. I have 8 hrs to finish, and ain't Chris Froome.
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If you don't often ride in groups, please remember these points:
1 - Slower riders stay to the right, pass on the left. Avoid passing on the right.
2 - Do not overlap wheels. If you are riding close to another rider, do not remain in a position where the other rider's rear wheel could hit your front wheel if he slowed veered towards you not realizing you were there.
3 - Maintain your situational awareness, don't zone out.
4 - Ride in a straight line ("hold your line"), anticipate when you need to reposition to avoid potholes and other riders so you don't need to make sudden changes.
5 - At rest stops, make sure you signal your intentions to stop and look both ways when re-entering the roadway. Look out for gravel. Don't stand in the roadway. Not everybody stops at the rest stops.
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Old 10-05-13, 12:34 PM   #9
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So here is my experience for the first race (it ended up being a race after all). The first couple of miles it was crowded and really slow. After that it seem that everything cleared and I could go the normal paced that I am used too. I really didn't felt tired during the race. It was a fun experience and really looking forward for another event. The 100 I paid for my 2001 marlin gary fisher are the best investment in exercise equipment that I have ever made. Thanks for all the support from this group.
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