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    First big ride for the year

    Loving the warmer weather. Did 28 miles today. Goal for tomorrow is 50.
    Hoping the wind stays down and I complete in under 3:45.
    Feel changes in my body as I can go on the drops and my legs barely touch my gut.
    Allan

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    Congrats on the 28 miles, and good luck with the 50 mile goal. That's a little bit of a push if it's your first 50 miler though, perhaps try increasing by 5 miles each ride (30 to 35 to 40 and so on...)?

    Pretty soon you'll be doing regular 50 mile rides and you'll have a goal of 100 Keep on riding!
    Want to ride fast? Just ride with a slower group.
    Want to feel like a kid again? Dust off that old bike hanging in your garage!

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    I ended up doing 42 because of time. Finished the ride in just over three hours so happy with that. Noticed I need to figure out my eating n the ride. Picked up some dates to take with me. I did notice my stomach is a little upset following the ride. Hoping that settles. Going to stay with this distance for a while so I can figure out my pace and finish with energy. I did go out harder than I should have but finished with energy to spare. Going to ride during the week 10-20 with my big ride Saturday.
    Allan

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    Climbed 2335 feet max 13 % grade
    Calories burned 1300
    also going to work on pacing my hill climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakiwi View Post
    I ended up doing 42 because of time. Finished the ride in just over three hours so happy with that. Noticed I need to figure out my eating n the ride. Picked up some dates to take with me. I did notice my stomach is a little upset following the ride. Hoping that settles. Going to stay with this distance for a while so I can figure out my pace and finish with energy. I did go out harder than I should have but finished with energy to spare. Going to ride during the week 10-20 with my big ride Saturday.
    Allan
    Well that's better than my first 50 mile attempt, my riding time was 4:35 according to my journal. I barely finished, and had no energy to do anything else that day. In my defense 95% of that was on a unpaved trail. My last 25 mile ride (last weekend) was done in less than 2 hours (1:45 to be exact), so I'm hoping by my next 50 (planned for Memorial Day Weekend) I'll be able to do it in less than 4 hours.
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    Mine was all paved roads. I know my 2 hour workouts on the trainer over winter really gave me a great start to the year. I am going to try and rode with a group next week with the local cycling club. Going to be a long time since I can remember being on a group ride. The century I am planning on is in September so I have time to get stronger and hopefully lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRides View Post
    My last 25 mile ride (last weekend) was done in less than 2 hours (1:45 to be exact)
    Hey, my 25 mile ride yesterday was also less than 2 hours. 1:59:59 when I scrolled through the cycle computer to the time to be exact, lol.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Hey, my 25 mile ride yesterday was also less than 2 hours. 1:59:59 when I scrolled through the cycle computer to the time to be exact, lol.
    Congrats man, was it your first? My first 25 mile loop (through hills and on an unpaved path) took me at least 2:30 to complete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakiwi View Post
    I ended up doing 42 because of time. Finished the ride in just over three hours so happy with that. Noticed I need to figure out my eating n the ride. 1. Picked up some dates to take with me. 2. I did notice my stomach is a little upset following the ride. Hoping that settles. Going to stay with this distance for a while so I can figure out my pace and finish with energy. I did go out harder than I should have but finished with energy to spare. Going to ride during the week 10-20 with my big ride Saturday.
    Allan
    1. I would like to pick up a date for a ride, but my wife would never allow it. Me> <My wife
    2. Women, at times, can have that affect on you.


    Congrats on your ride. I did 25 miles last week and want to pick it up another 10 in May. My long ride is in August so.....I need to step up my game as well.

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRides View Post
    Congrats man, was it your first? My first 25 mile loop (through hills and on an unpaved path) took me at least 2:30 to complete.
    2nd. Rode 26 miles last year. I rode 12 miles daily and a few weekends had the time to progress 16, then 18, then 26 miles. Both times, last year on the 26 mile and this weekend on the 25 mile, I hit a wall at around 21-22 miles when my legs didn't want to go any more. The rear end hurt, but I could suffer through that easy enough (no padded shorts) but my speed knocked down to a max of about 10 mph once I hit the 21-22 mile mark. At that point, I just wanted to get back to the car. I wasn't tired this time, just the legs didn't want to pedal any more.
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    Did you go out hard. I have found out if I don't pace myself to start with I can easily ride myself where I want to stop after an hour. I started riding hour rides because they fit into the day, but you can't expect to go out at the same pace for a two or three hour ride.
    I have found taking it easier on the first hour on the up hills has really helped.
    allan

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