The Birthday ride thread has been good, but I thought we might hijack a little of it into pre-training.
I have been getting ready, (along with many others) to ride my birthday years on Sept. 3. LookinUp talked me into it. Anyway, I decided in order to ride 51 miles on that date I probably needed to prep a little further than just my 10 mile morning ride. I figured a 20 mile ride this morning would get me on my way followed by a 30 mile ride next weekend.
I had some great input by other members (particularly Stapfam) concerning hydration, eating,etc. on longer rides. I had driven my proposed ride the day before with my son to eyeball it with disasterous hills in mind. To make a long story short I left the house at about 7:20 this morning and kept reminding myself this was not my 10 mile excersize ride. I kept endurance in my mind rather than speed. On hills where I might usually have gone it in the 3rd, or even 4th gear standing in the pedals I consciously lowered it one gear and except for two hills stayed in the seat.
The ride went great. It was a beautiful morning, there was mist over the farms and cornfields with the sun streaming through the corn tassles. I stopped briefly 3 times to keep drinking water and finished the 20 miles with no problem. As a matter of fact I arrived home from the ride, drank a bottle of water, refilled my bike bottle and then rode my normal 10 mile daily ride for a total of 31.25 for the morning. I had completed the entire thing by 9:38.
I believe the key was monitoring my heart rate and keeping it out of my peak area, (anything over 160). I didn't hit the wall as I did in a ride in July and had a great time!!
Next weekend I will do either 30 or 40 miles.
I feel I have come aways since beginning to ride again in March when my 6 mile ride every other day would involve alot of huffing and puffing as well as a half-way point rest.
I am looking forward to Sept. 3 and riding my age, I even see centurys down the road.
Thanks to all for your inspiration, encouragement, and tips.