Originally Posted by DnvrFox
You didn't state, or I missed, what kind of training and whether or not you had done any long rides yet???
That would make a BIG difference in the responses to your questions.
SO, tell us just a bit about your riding experience, and your training for the Century.
I've ridden almost 1,600 miles so far this year, with the majority of that in May, June and July (300,400,500 miles respectively) and I'm up to 125 miles a week. I've done numerous 30+ mile rides and a couple of 50 mile rides.
I just replaced my flite trans am with a Fizik Airone saddle which has greatly eased the discomfort I've felt on those longer rides.
I'm not trying to brake any speed records, I've averaged 15mph on the 50 mile rides (rolling hills) and almost 17 on a few 30's. I've got all day, just the course offically stops at 3pm, opens at 7am.
Like a previous post said the trail is only 30 miles long, out and back is 60, and they throw in some country roads to get it up to 100. If I start getting tired, I can always turn back or drop some extra roads to cut the miles down. Or if I really bomb, I can grab the sweep at the end.
On the longer rides, I try to stop and get off the bike for at least 5 minutes every hour. This seems to help reset my energy level, and it I take a longer break for lunch, that should help too.
I figure if it takes 7 to 7.5 hours ride time for my first century, that would be fine. I'm 37 and 50lbs overweight so that would be an accomplishment for me. (I've lost 30 lbs in the last year biking).
I've never checked my sugar on a ride, and only do it about 2 times a month. I've been pretty stable for the past year, even got to reduce my medicine by one level losing the weight and getting more in shape, even got a normal blood pressure reading at my last check up. I can feel when my sugar is too low, I start getting light headed and dizzy feeling.
Thanks for the advice everyone.