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    One week before my first attempt at a century

    Okay, exCtley 7 days until my attempt at a century. Question is what kind of ride schedule Til then. Looking at a 50-75 miler tomorrow. Have ridden about 600 miles since beginning of year, 250 this past month. Longest ride a month ago at 65 miles. Any suggestions? Am I ready?

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    I've been home for about 3 hours, just finished my first century. In the last year I've done several rides above 50mi, though generally I go out and do a lot of climbing rather than distance.

    I did a metric century last weekend, so I knew my pace and had a better idea of how I need to hydrate and eat. Still, I suffered a lot. But I made it!

    You've done a metric century (okay, 65mi). You should have a pretty good idea of how you felt from that. Calories become even more important as the distance increases.

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    Don't "psych" yourself up too much and don't push too hard at the start. A steady pace, maybe a tad slower than you did the 65 miler at. Take it easier on any hills at the start so you have some reserves for later in the ride. Keep water topped up and don't go crazy with greasy and heavy food unless you always eat like that on rides. Basically just do what got you through your 65 miler and the most important part is to have a good time doing it, enjoy the day and the sights. I would make sure to get a good night's sleep the days before and don't ride on the day before either, rest and eat "clean and healthy" I guess.

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    Thanks for the input. I was thinking that tomorrow, I would try and stretch my longest ride ever to 75 miles and then take a rest day on Monday, maybe a 15 miler on Tuesday, WEdnesday and Thursday...take off on Friday. Saturday is the Cap to Cap ride between Williamsburg and Richmond and back again. First century is something I have been striving for since I started back riding two years ago. Keep in mind, I am riding an all steel Surly Disc Trucker with a trunk bag and front and rear racks. My thought process is that if I can do a Century unloaded, I can tour loaded for Consecutive 50 mile days.

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    My first century was more of a mental than a physical challenge. So I would advise approaching the ride in the same manner that randonneurs do. Break in the ride up into sections, mentally and physically. Ride from rest stop to rest stop. It seems to make the distance seem less intimidating.

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    Have fun! I've done the Cap2Cap many times (but not doing it this year.) There are really no hills to speak of on the whole route, so just pace yourself and enjoy the ride. If you like pacelines you'll likely have lots of opportunities for that sort of thing. Last year I set my all-time record for a century at 5:20 moving time, but I spent much of that watching somebody else's wheel or rear end. I suggest enjoying the scenery instead
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    Well, not exactly what I wanted, but I put a five hour time limit on my ride did 66.6 miles and finished by noon. I know, kind of spooky, but that was what Strava said. Rest of the day my angry wife put me to work in the yard...Til 7 pm. So I guess if I can ride five hours and slave in the yard another 7, I might be able to complete the 100 miler. We'll see.

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    The Octopus has a good rule of thumb that you can always ride 50% longer than the longest ride you've done. It's in the bag; just stay fed and hydrated and don't overthink it.
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    UPDATE: Finished my first Century. Took my time, but I got er dun. See post, Review of first century.

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