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Old 03-26-14, 07:09 AM   #1
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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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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!
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Why not go for a century this summer?
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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 !
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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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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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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