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    What do you feel like after 75 miles.

    I try to ride over 70 miles at least once a week. Feel pretty good, until about the 80 mile mark. Have and could do centuries. No problem. Seems at the end of 80 miles the feet and legs feel pretty fatigued. Maybe another break would get me psyched up for another 20. Maybe a power bar or something.
    Just wonder, what is your threshold, where you think you have had enough; for one ride at least.

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    For Chris L, it depends on the conditions at the time. Chris L once rode 249km (about 155 miles) and felt great the whole time. Chris L's secret was having a good feed of bread rolls at the Murwillumbah bakery on km 168.

    Another time, Chris L was on tour, riding into a headwind, and made the mistake of eating two hamburgers on about km 120 for the day. Chris L was killing it up until then, but after that, the ride was killing Chris L.

    Chris L doesn't like hamburgers anymore.

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    Heart and lungs ok, it tends to be physical discomfort (back, hands and feet) telling by then.
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    It depends a lot on conditons for me!.
    I have several different types of terrain for my rides, up or down the valley its not to bad , I mean not to hilly so like yourself I find between 70 to 80 miles then im ready to call it a day .
    On the other directions the terrain becomes very hilly , across the grain of the land (across the valleys) if I choose to ride these directions I find myself riding about half the distance to feel equally fatigued .

    Of course weather conditions also plays its part , calm , warm .sunny days are much more condusive to riding distances than going out on cold .windy or wet days , which we get plenty of around here . so I dont think there is a definitive answer to how far we can travel before the fatigue factor sets in.

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    Like everybody else already said, it depends on the wind, terrain, temperature, and what you did to yourself in the way of eating, or training. @ weeks ago a buddy and me rode 80 miles and it nearly killed us. Today we did 83 miles and it was a snap. In fact, I am planning to go out for a little spin this evning.

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    It depends, like everyone else...

    But I did a 120 km [@75 mi] today with attacks, sprints and climbs. Had some cruising speeds up around 42 km/h and the average for the ride was 27.3 km/h. I felt good and, though I was a little tired at the end, I could have gone on for another hour.

    Eight hours later, though, my legs are cooked and my head is thick. Pretty much what I expected... Not to be done on a work day... :-)
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    Originally posted by velocipedio
    Eight hours later, though, my legs are cooked and my head is thick. Pretty much what I expected... Not to be done on a work day... :-)
    Chris L has noticed that his head is noticeably less thick after a ride. He has tested this out recently with some Sunday afternoon study sessions at university after a ride. Chris L finds that these seem to work

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    Originally posted by Chris L
    Chris L has noticed that his head is noticeably less thick after a ride. He has tested this out recently with some Sunday afternoon study sessions at university after a ride. Chris L finds that these seem to work
    Immediately after, yes. Eight hours later, though, I'm dragging.

    I'm going back to finish a graduate degree this year. I teach 9:15-11:30 on Wednesday mornings, and I have a class [as a student] from 7:00-9:00 pm that night. I figure I can get a whopper of ride in in-between. I'll see if it clears my head. :-)
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    Is Chris L going to make ALL his post in 3rd person from now on? Alex finds this annoying. Alex thinks talking about one's self in 3rd person sounds silly. Alex just noticed that he is talking in 3rd person! Help!
    Je vais à vélo, donc je suis!

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    Third person was just a fad that I went through recently. I'm feeling better now (I hope)

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    Actually I find Mr Spanky to be much more articulate, interesting, and witty than ChriL; so let's not put a gag on Mr Spank.

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    I don't know what my limit is. In normal terrain, normal weather, I can ride all day at 15mph average, provided I have food and water. But I usually like to ride faster than that.

    Mile 75-80 is where I usually tank if I went too hard early. Roadbuzz thinks it's more fun (sheez, now they've got me doing the 3rd person thing) to start easy and finish strong. Eating's always important, but like drinking, you have to do it before you need it (and stay away from multiple hamburgers). A banana now will serve you well... in an hour or so.

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    After than long I feel like getting out of the Jeep and jumping on my bike. jk
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    I took a 35 mile club ride last saturday, and since I had to ride 20 miles there and back, It became a 75 miler. I felt pretty good, although my commute was relatively flat, the ride itself wasn't. After a warmup like that, it was hard to hold back and keep from blowing past every other rider.
    Before every long ride, I always take an aspirin. That helps prevent muscle soreness. My Brooks Team Professional saddle is probably the most important upgrade for long rides. Because of this saddle, my @$$ doesn't hurt at all, even after a long ride like this.
    When I get home, another aspirin or two, as well as a shot of good bourbon, keeps my muscles from aching. I also usually put some muscle rub on my thighs, just in case.
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    Usually pretty good but it depends on who I'm riding with and if there are any omnidirectional headwinds.

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    Chewa~~~ Do tell~~~

    What is this?
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    After 75 miles I'm usually feeling wonderfully tired. Not worn out but tired enough to know I done good! Then it's time for one or two of these.....
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    Originally posted by bgbhere
    Chewa~~~ Do tell~~~

    What is this?
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    :confused:
    The more I see of men (mankind) the more I like dogs!

    I think it's a quote from a 19th century french noblewoman. Anyone who has had a dog will probably say it's true.
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    Did a 202 mile training rider yesterday. At 75 miles, I felt pretty good. About 160 I felt a little achey. I'm training for the Furnace Creek 508 next month. If I'm hurtin' at 75, I'm in big trouble.
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    202 mile training ride? Are you serious?

    Damn, and I thought I was dedicated
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    Yup, I'm cereal.

    That's what you gotta do for these long races. Just go out pedal a lot. Gets pretty boring sometimes, especially alone.

    Funny thing is that my legs feel nothing, it's my neck and shoulders that hurt.
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    Did Taft say 202 miles , or are my eyes decieving me.

    Hell! I dont go that far for my holidays!

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    Originally posted by Taft

    Funny thing is that my legs feel nothing, it's my neck and shoulders that hurt.
    Longer rides do this to me too. My legs could keep pushing, but neck, shoulders, lower back and feet twinge a bit.

    Never done 202 miles though.
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    I've done a few Audax rides of about 60 miles (103 -107k) and I find that nothing hurts, I'm just v TIRED.

    I'll probably do a century (100 miler) soon but the 200k (124 miles) just seems nasty. It would take me about 7 or 8 hours to do that, and my arse would probably fall off!

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    Originally posted by Gus Riley
    After 75 miles I'm usually feeling wonderfully tired. Not worn out but tired enough to know I done good! Then it's time for one or two of these.....
    I have to add that if I can do what is in the attachment after 75 or more miles then "LIFE IS GOOOOOOD!"
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