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    We are visiting Florida for vacation and brought the bikes. I decided to take advantage of the flat terrain. I rode 53 miles in a 26 mph wind. Next year I'm going for a century !

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
    Next year I'm going for a century !
    Why wait till next year? If going for a century is high on your priority list start training now. None of us have a guarantee we're going to live to see another sunset let alone another year. One of the biggest factors in finishing your century is pacing yourself. It sounds like you live in an area that has more hills then flat land. Look at the hills and wind as your Friend they will make you stronger and hold you accountable.

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    I'd like to second HuffinandPuffin's suggestion, don't wait.. start training now and ride your century this year!
    "Just ride it until the wheels fall off!"

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    Why not go for a century this summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
    We are visiting Florida for vacation and brought the bikes. I decided to take advantage of the flat terrain. I rode 53 miles in a 26 mph wind. Next year I'm going for a century !
    Take it up slowly 30/40/50 miles.

    Over 40 miles is where you can run into problems..Early hydration and eating early in the ride will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Take it up slowly 30/40/50 miles.

    Over 40 miles is where you can run into problems..Early hydration and eating early in the ride will help.
    For me "early" means the day before for a long or really hard ride.
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    If you can do over 50 miles, you can do a century. You probably could do one next week, might be very uncomfortable or possibly damaging to jump such distance. Point is you are closer than you think!

    Take it easy, but if you focus on a century ride in September, you will have a reasonable goal and a reasonable time frame to prepare for it, in my opinion.

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    I have been really advancing in my ride distances. I just started in February. This ride was the first time I have really felt like I hit my limit. I'm sure riding into that wind for the last 15 miles is what wore me down. I did recover pretty quickly and could have ridden more after resting so I'm sure with proper energy management I will be able to ride further. Back home there are a few more hills so it is a little more challenging but I will get there.

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