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Old 06-21-06, 01:38 PM   #1
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Should I try a Century this weekend?

I just found out about the Cartersville Century this Saturday. I am free so time wise it's ok. My bikes are in good shape so no problem there. I have never ridden more that 42 miles in a day though. Is that too big of a jump? it's 250% more than I've ever done before.... hmmmmm what to do what to do ...
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A) How many miles do you typically ride a week / month.

B) How often do you ride 42mi?

C) that's actually only about 150% further (though it's 2.5x as far)

D) I went from riding 30mi max to a 64mi last year on a 30lb Schwinn Traveler after only riding about 400mi since starting riding again.
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Since you commute I would think you can do it. Take your time, stop at the rest stops, drink, and nibble. If it turns out that you need a sag you will still have done a personal best. What have you got to loose?

Good luck have a fun century
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A) I usually ride about 80-110 miles a week. Three times a week I commute - usually 15 miles in to workand either and 6 home with a bus ride. Sometimes I ride home too but not often. Then on the weekends, I take a 20-30 mile pleasure ride one day and 10-15 miles the other day.

B) Just once - Last weekend .

c) I always hated percents and fractions.

d) Cool - how'd you fare?
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yes. drink lots of water.
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that's a big jump in mileage and time in the saddle. you will feel it. it's not that you're a slouch mileage wise, just not having been on the bike for extended period of time.

that being said. do it anyways. take a lot of breaks, eat and drink. stretch. smile your way thru it. it's a lot of fun.

my buddy did his first century a few weeks ago with little training (less miles than you) and you're probably more fit. around mile 80 he was complaining, but he made it to the end.
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make sure your saddle is comfortable otherwise you'll be cursing after the first couple of hours. put on a generous amount of bodyglide, wear some comfy bike shorts and put together a snack bag that you can get to easily. i'd suggest grapes, cut up energy bars, cut up fruit, etc. eat lots of bananas the days leading up to the ride so you'll have enough potassium to ward off cramps. if you have a camelbak, fill it 50/50 w/ gatorade and water. drink and nibble every 10 mins. and spin easy. you'll be fine.
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I just found out about the Cartersville Century this Saturday.
Another Atlanta local????

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I have never ridden more that 42 miles in a day though. Is that too big of a jump?
For most people it is. You also have to factor in your age and all the hills.
How much pasta you can eat before the weekend?
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Yea, that's going to be a hilly route. I was planning on heading up there, but I've had too much stuff come up this weekend.
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Since the start of the year...

I have spent many hours on a recumbent exercycle this year, but very little on a bike. no more than 1:39 on the exercycle at a time (99 minutes). I had a total of 4 real bike rides. 6 miles, 14 miles, 47 miles and 2.5 miles

With this as a basis, I think I am probably in no better shape for a metric than you as a commuter are for a century.

I rode a metric century... I am 49 years old, and weigh over 300 pounds.

My 47 mile ride was harder than the 62 mile ride 2 weeks later...

You can do 100 miles, or have a great time trying!

Be sure to rest this week, with nothing but easy rides until the event... don't try to get long hours in a saddle this week, it will be counterproductive.

Follow the recommendations of others here, eat and drink... ride slow, take your time and enjoy the rest stops... but not too long as you might stiffen up.

It is not shameful to push a bike up a hill, or to take a ride in the SAG vehicle.

Let us know how you do. Take pictures...
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I've done two centuries, and for both I have done at least a 70 mile ride in the weeks before. I really think that your butt and legs should be able to pull off a 50 or 60 mile ride on similar terrain without flinching before you consider a century, in order to do it comfortably. On the other hand, you probably won't die if you take it nice and easy and stop at all the rest stops, so if you don't mind the potential pain involved, give it a try.
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Well I decided to go for it. I'm going to make up my mind whether to do the 50 mile loop or the full monty at the last minute. Right now, I'm planning on the 50. I have some things that I have to do on Sunday so I can't afford to be paralyzed by muscle pain. That's the plan before I get there and feel the excitment though. Knowing me that means 100-miles here I come!!!
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Well I decided to go for it. I'm going to make up my mind whether to do the 50 mile loop or the full monty at the last minute. Right now, I'm planning on the 50. I have some things that I have to do on Sunday so I can't afford to be paralyzed by muscle pain. That's the plan before I get there and feel the excitment though. Knowing me that means 100-miles here I come!!!
Fifty will obviously not be a problem if you have done 42...

It will give you a taste of an organized ride, and you will wait for the next one...

As far as being paralyzed the next day... I have never rode 100 miles, well at least not in the past 30 years, but I can tell you of my first metric experience...

When I completed the 68 miles (after a wrong turn to start the day I added some mileage) I could hardly get off my bike and struggled to get it on the rack. I went in and enjoyed the lunch they provided and drove the two hours home feeling like I would be sore for a week. I woke up the next morning and felt fine (with the exception of some tenderness from sitting on the saddle for so long).

If you do go for the 100 miler, take it slow... If you go for the 50, take it at the pace you have done your 40+ and take all of the breaks, but make them short.
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Most rides have bail out points at distances like 25, 50, and 70+- miles. If you feel a need to head back, rest at the finish then do enough more to finish the 100. Luck
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one more thing to think about... YOU HAVE ALL DAY!

or at least a long damn time to finish. pace yourself at the start give your legs a nice long time to warm up (you'll have plenty of time for heroics later on). drink lots, eat early and often (especiallt when you don't want to GU is good for that), make friends to talk to along the way, enjoy!

i recently rode 190 miles after having done only about 75-80 for my longest distance before that. then i got up the next day and did another hundred. it's all possible people who think it isn't are wimps, but don't get me wrong; IT WILL HURT...

oh one more thing, if it's hot you might wanna try something like these. they do a good job of keeping your electorlytes up and keep your muscles from cramping.... after you start cramping too bad the fun is over.

http://www.e-caps.com/za/ECP?PAGE=PR...0047&AMI=10082
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You can do it. I had about the same kind of riding distances before my first century. (About 100/week, no more than 45 in one stretch.) You can absolutely do it.

Riding in a group helps a LOT.

Get some good bike shorts. Eat, eat, eat. Eat crossing the finish line. Drain you Camelback every 20 miles, and don't mind the frequent piss stops.

Just keep confident that you can do it, and don't set too fast a pace. I guarantee that you can finish that 100 miles, and in under 8 hours as well.

The sense of accomplishment is wonderful. Good luck, and tell us how it goes.
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I did the 55 mile loop instead of the full 100. I posted some picts over in the folding forum. Here's the link if you're intrested.

It was great fun. I can't wait for the next one.
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For someone, that did 100 miles every week (but feel I could do an unknown amount more), what do you think would be the most likely problems on a 75 mile ride with flat bar?

legs, lungs, butt or hands? Would it be crazy to attempt without gloves and quality bike shorts and saddle?
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For someone, that did 100 miles every week (but feel I could do an unknown amount more), what do you think would be the most likely problems on a 75 mile ride with flat bar?

legs, lungs, butt or hands? Would it be crazy to attempt without gloves and quality bike shorts and saddle?
Hands and/or butt. I get numb hands on extended flat bar rides, but not everyone does. Make sure to give your hands and you butt frequent breaks.
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My previous experience was a long ride of 42 and approximately 100 miles a week or there abouts. For me the 55 miler got the legs. I didn't have any left at the end. no hand problems at all. butt was getting a little numb but it was minor. lungs were fine.

I can't ride a mile without gloves 'cause I sweat like a pig. Can hardly hold the grips after a couple of miles!

I have never felt a need for padded shorts but others swear by them. I would recommend something that won't chaff.
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Pigs don't sweat
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Everyone is different but I did the exact same thing after commuting for a year. My longest ride prior was 46 miles and I had a great century. There are lots of tips floating round (some of my own as well) so do quick search. I say go for it!
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You can do it if you don't go out and try to make a new speed record. My father did a century in April and his longest ride to that point was 25 miles. He just cruised along at 14 mph and had a great time.
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Ever seen one roasting on a spit? If so you'd see it was "sweating" a lot.

But thanks for the education seems I can't trust even the oldest expressions.
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