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    Well, I think I'm ready for the metric next weekend

    I did my final training ride today in preparation for my first organized metric century in the Tour de Foothills next weekend. In the past month, I've ridden at least a full metric or more every weekend, and today rode 50 but did 87% of the climbing (including the two toughest hills) at a challenging pace. The hills seem flatter, even Baldy Rd! My HR is a few beats lower on that climb every week. In spite of feeling a little tired when we started today, I finished strong in the front of the pack.

    I know this is small potatoes for many of you, but feeling good on Baldy Rd. and thinking it seems flatter is BIG for me. Last month, that hill scared me; I got serious about it only last month, and now I can talk while climbing, and encourage the other riders around me to "believe in your legs!". It could be that I've climbed it each weekend, or increased my fuel consumption (including gels) on rides, or the wonderful people I've ridden with, the spin classes and workouts with weights, or just believing I can. I'm thrilled to feel the results after weeks of hard work, going to the gym after work when I didn't feel like it, getting up before 6:00 on my Saturday off, and pushing through fear and apprehension when I wondered if I could keep pace with the other riders or conquer the hills without stopping (I did!). When the hard hills get flatter, I know I'm getting there. Every week, my confidence grows.

    My only challenge now is putting this out of my mind this week so I will get some good sleep!
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    Well done, Yen! We'll look forward to the report.

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    Yes!!
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    You are ready for an Imperial Century.
    Have a metric planned in Phoenix next weekend and El Tour de Tucson planned for the 20th. Very short on miles.
    Rode 38 miles recently. Over a mountain pass and back. Rode 45 miles over a small mountain and then up Vail pass in August.
    Other rides have been in the 20 miles or less. Most miles here are up a mountain and then down.

    Tell me how my climbing training will work on the longer flat rides.
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    I rode down Mt Baldy Rd once. Good luck on your ride, you've done the homework, the hay is in the barn. lol

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    You are SO ready. Metrics/riding your age will now become a regular ride for you. Way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim View Post
    You are SO ready. Metrics/riding your age will now become a regular ride for you. Way to go.
    Have to agree. Once you get up to a testing metric- you will be doing 50- 60 miles at the weekends and days off with no problem.

    Just remember next week that it is not a race---- Unless you are riding with 30 year olds that do not have the stamina after 40 miles. Take it steady at the start and work your legs and lungs in. Then gradually overhaul the young uns and show them how it should be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Just remember next week that it is not a race---- Unless you are riding with 30 year olds that do not have the stamina after 40 miles.
    I suspect our next contribution from YEN will be how she was crushing souls and pulling the rest of the pack at the end of the ride!

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    You are certainly ready. In fact, if you have already done hilly metrics in preparation for riding a hilly metric, what is there left to prove? Do they have a full century option? You'll need to do that to provide any new challenge. Go for it.
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    This was great to read Yen. You are an incredible inspiration to me. Glad to hear how strong you finished this training ride, doing most of the hills . . and dominating Baldy!!!

    Can't wait to hear all about your Tour de Foothills success story . .Best of luck . . until then Sweet Dreamzzzzzz
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    You no doubt are!

    Remember to take the time to enjoy it. Excellent marathon runner Paula Ratcliffe's mantra is 'Am I jogging?' ... in the spirit of keping loose and not wasting effort.

    Oh and - save effort and alertness for the downhills, too!

    Have loads of fun

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    Thanks, everyone -- I appreciate the encouragement and advice. I feel good and ready. Since my goal isn't merely just finishing the miles ----- I've ridden a metric many times, just not a hilly one --- but to finish strong and feeling good, I'm very pleased with yesterday's ride.

    My plan is to have fun and enjoy the ride. I'll take the camera and occasionally stop to take pictures. I'll remind myself "It's not a race." I'll enjoy meeting and riding with others --- no doubt, someone will ask about the 50+ jersey.

    I tend to start fast and my legs are slow to warm up, so my preliminary plan is to ride the first 20 miles at a warm-up/recovery pace, step it up a little in the next 20, and then --- after completing the Baldy climb -- do the last 20 at the fastest pace I can manage.

    2 weeks ago I rode 75 miles (relatively flat) a few notches above my usual pace, and felt pretty good at the end. So, an imperial century probably isn't far behind. Not this time though... I want to enjoy the ride. I'll pick an easy century for my first one to see how I like sitting on a saddle for 100 miles.
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    Yen,

    Sounds as if you will do fine. You certainly have done more than enough training. Some suggestions if I may. Just try not to get too excited on the big day. It is easy to let all of the adrenalin run away with you and beat you up especially when you are out with a group of similarly excited riders. Just ride the first bit easy. Also, take the hills steady. It is not a good idea to attack them (that is if you don't want to be beaten up at the end). If you have a bunch left in the tank at 40 miles or so, then you can up the pace.

    If luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation, you have already made you luck.

    Let us know how it turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
    Yen,

    Sounds as if you will do fine. You certainly have done more than enough training. Some suggestions if I may. Just try not to get too excited on the big day. It is easy to let all of the adrenalin run away with you and beat you up especially when you are out with a group of similarly excited riders. Just ride the first bit easy. Also, take the hills steady. It is not a good idea to attack them (that is if you don't want to be beaten up at the end). If you have a bunch left in the tank at 40 miles or so, then you can up the pace.

    If luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation, you have already made you luck.

    Let us know how it turns out.

    Pat
    Thanks Pat - I appreciate your suggestions.

    I tend to get very excited before a big ride -- even while getting ready for a ride in the morning my HR is already over 100! (my resting HR is probably low-50s). I am working on that. As I mentioned above, I am planning to stay in zones 1-2 in the first 20, then zone 3 in the second 20, then (after the big hills are done), crank it up in the final 20 and ride as fast as I can manage ----- all the while, staying fueled and hydrated, stopping to take pictures, etc. That's my plan --- I'll see how well I carry it out that morning in the midst of all the other adrenalin-charged riders, LOL.
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    Looking forward to a great report!
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