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    New Clyde from CA

    Hi, new member (and Clyde!) from California here. I've been a guest lurking the forums for the past few months but finally joined.

    I'm a pretty new cyclist - I've only been riding seriously since March and have only owned my current road bike since May. I casually road a fixed gear for the last year, but found a great deal on a 2013 Specialized Tarmac Elite and have been riding that since. I've set an ambitious goal of trying to build up stamina to complete a Century ride in the near future, as well as drop weight (I started at 272 in Feb and am currently down to 245). Tips or advice for helping me achieve the Century goal would be great!

    Looking forward to chatting and potentially meeting some of you on rides in the future.

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    Welcome to Bike Forums.

    Work your way up to 75 mile rides. Then you will be able do the century.
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    ^^^^^ ditto what 10 Wheels wrote and Welcome!


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    Welcome to BF!

    Ride as much as you can during the week. On weekends take a long ride, each week add 15%-20% to the previous weeks long ride. Like 10 Wheels wrote, when you get to 75 you're golden. Don't worry about or work on speed, just put in the miles. Be sure to warm up for a couple of miles each ride. If your legs hurt at the end of your warm up it's a sign you pushed too hard the previous day. Take a day or two off each week.

    Enjoy your ride!

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    Thanks for the tip. I just completed 2 separate 75k events last month and finally did a 50 mile ride on my own this past weekend, so it seems I may be able to finish a Century soon!

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    Welcome to the forum. Where in SoCal?
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    I'm actually up in the Bay Area, but I do visit SoCal pretty frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitewing117 View Post
    I'm actually up in the Bay Area, but I do visit SoCal pretty frequently.
    Ugh. Reading comprehension is not my thing. I guess I just naturally added the "So" to "Cal". Sorry.

    California has some GREAT organized centuries. @calamarichris does a great job with this calendar. Check it out. And if there is a SoCal century that looks interesting, post about it here. There is a pretty good group (albeit pretty quiet here lately) that does like to get together and do these rides together. Did someone say Cool Breeze?
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    Aw yeah, Cool Breeze is a great first century. Pretty flat with great ride support. I'm sure there are plenty of good centuries up your way though, but if you feel like a road trip - cool breeze rocks.

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    Welcome and good luck with your goals.
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    My observations
    Rule of thumb the body can do 3X more than daily routine without "bonking."
    If you are riding 30-35 miles 4 or more days a week you will have no problem with a century.
    I have found it is torture to ride a century when you are only doing long rides 1 or 2 days a week (weekend rides).
    Ramp up the intensity of your daily riding even if it is only 15-25 miles.
    Endurance is key to a century and the only way to build endurance is ride your bike frequently and with purpose.
    50 miles at a moderate intensity is good, 30 miles at high intensity is best.

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