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Old 02-20-07, 04:00 PM   #1
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My 1st Century Ride

Hello, I am training for my 1st Century this spring. I usually ride 25 to 45 miles at a a time alone. 17 to 18 mph avg. Would this ride be out of my league? or will riding in a group with periodic stops help me through this? Also does anyone reccomend a good quality pair of shorts for a long ride. At 30 miles I tend to have some soreness. Not sure if due to low end shorts or improper seat height. Any help or reccomendations would be nice in what to expect.

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Old 02-20-07, 06:24 PM   #2
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rule of thumb, may not be worth much, but if you're riding 100 miles in a week, you should be able to do the same distance - over similar terrain - in a day.

100 miles is a nifty distance.
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rule of thumb, may not be worth much, but if you're riding 100 miles in a week, you should be able to do the same distance - over similar terrain - in a day.

100 miles is a nifty distance.
The big things that some forget is the over similar terrain . No hills, no problem. Harder hill than you have done before, big problem.
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You'll be completely fine, no problems. Just plan it and do it!
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You might want to ask this question in the Long Distance forum ... or at least have a look over there because similar questions have been asked, and answered over there.
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Here's a century training program. You already are at week 4 or 5.
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Old 02-21-07, 09:35 AM   #7
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thanks to everyone for their help. I will let you know how it goes
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You might want to use that Butt Butter stuff to rub on your "areas" that the chamois will rub against during the 100 miles. I know I wish I had used that stuff to keep from chaffing!

Just keep hydrated and fueled up and you'll be fine. To get ready for my first century last year I did a couple 62-65 mile rides and thought to myself that if I can do 65 miles, an extra 35 miles is no problem.

Don't get me wrong, it was tough, especially in 100+ degree weather (HH100.org) in Texas. I actually bonked after mile 60 (Hells Pass), but kept hydrated, ate lots and just kept on going. It helped that my buddy was riding with me so we kept each other motivated.

Near the end when I was exhausted I just kept on telling myseld the same thing I did in my first MS150 ride earlier that year... I will not be beat! and kept on pedaling!

It was the toughest challenge I had done on a bike. But there is a satisfaction in saying you completed a Century since most people I know would tire after riding just a couple of miles.

Good luck!
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Just wanted to wish you well on your first century. I remember doing my first one and it felt sooo great to get over that finish line.

Give us a report when you complete it
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You should be just fine with your first century ride -- good luck, have fun!

If you really want to come up with a training plan, definitely google something for century training plans, which should help you out a bit.
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Just wanted to wish you well on your first century. I remember doing my first one and it felt sooo great to get over that finish line.
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If you can ride 45 miles and average 18 mph, then you are ready for a century. Go ride it!
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If you can ride 45 miles and average 18 mph, then you are ready for a century. Go ride it!
18mph ? If I ever got up to that speed I would be happy.

You never know if you can do a century- till its done. I do several a year and I go for time in the saddle. Once I can get a 4 hour non stop ride in- I am ready. Pointless going for the full distance in training but I try to get some BIG hills in to give the Muscles a work out.

Few pointers though- FOOD and DRINK. Drink at least a bottle per hour (I take 1 litre per hour)and I take at least one bottle in the 30 minutes before the start. Then on the ride sip, and sip again and sip again. I also like to take snacks with me and Cereal bars- Fruit cake- Dried fruit are my favourites.

Good luck but for training- just get out and ride. What I do is after my normal ride at the weekends- I have a loop that I do as extra. Only about 10 miles but after My mates have gone home- I stay on the bike and just do that extra milage. Then I try to get a few midweek rides in. One I do at speed and the other I find hills. Then If I have any energy left- and time- I get to the gym to work muscles that a bike does not help.
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I might add that a "century" is just a word. They are all different. For example a century with 80 miles of head wind (20 of favorable wind) is a LOT different than a century with a LOT of tail wind. I'm talking about a LOT different. Same goes for hills, heat, cold and other problems that can accompany a ride.

This is probably the biggest issue involving a century but seldom gets mentioned. You might not get it now, but ride 80 miles into a 30 mph headwind with tons of climbing and then it will be perfectly clear.
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I remember my first century...I was so proud!! I can't wait for my next century ride.

Anyhow, a "rule of thumb" I've heard is that if you can comfortably do 2/3 of the distance, you can definitely finish, even if it gets a little bit uncomfortable.
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Hello, I am training for my 1st Century this spring. I usually ride 25 to 45 miles at a a time alone. 17 to 18 mph avg. Would this ride be out of my league? or will riding in a group with periodic stops help me through this? Also does anyone reccomend a good quality pair of shorts for a long ride. At 30 miles I tend to have some soreness. Not sure if due to low end shorts or improper seat height. Any help or reccomendations would be nice in what to expect.

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If you are having soreness, you might want to get a good bike fit at a bike shop. That can help, though it may just be the shorts. Standing up often to stretch and take the pressure off can help a bunch.

If you can ride 45 miles, you are well on the way to being able to do a century. Your challenges are going to be:

1) Mental - spending 6+ hours on a bike is a lot different than spending 3 hours on the bike. You will likely get discouraged when you get around the 4 hour mark. Don't worry about it.
2) Nutrition/hydration. Figuring out what works for you for longer rides is something you need to do.

I suggest adding in some rides that are in the 4 or 5 hour range. I you can do a 4 hour ride and still feel like you can ride at the end, you'll be fine.

Oh, and you'll also need to learn to ride at a slower pace.
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