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Originally Posted by superslomo
Just wanted to get any recommendations for training or psychological conditioning
For doing my first century this september.
I know it's next to nothing for folks who do brevets and that sort of thing, but it's a long ride for me... and I'm getting back on the bike after a laziness layoff.
It hasn't been that long since I did my first century on a Trek 730 hybrid, so I can sympathize with the immensity of the task.
has a pretty good site regarding century training, and I would reinforce the mental aspect of breaking the ride down into smaller parts. It's not a 100 mile ride. It is a set of 10 rides that are each 10 miles long. Focus on completing the first ten. Reward yourself with a bit of rest if you feel like you need it. Then focus on finishing the next 10 mile ride. etc. Repeat until you get to 100 miles.
For training, riding 70 miles in one go is definitely a good benchmark for century prep. Plan on achieving this about two weeks before your actual event or earlier. You want to take the week before the century easy so that your muscles are fresh. Ride during the week as much as you can to maintain fitness between your long, weekend rides.
Remember as well, eat before you're hungry and drink before you're thirsty. Finish your water bottle every 20 miles. Eat something every 15 miles. Eat sooner if you start to feel a little tired. It is also better for your stomach to nibble constantly rather than to gorge yourself at rest stops.
Take advantage of drafting in group pace lines, but don't get seduced into trying to keep up with a group that is going faster than what your comfort speed. Pelotons can be great in efficiently cutting out wind drag, but you're wasting all of those energy savings if you're hammering to keep up with your peers.
and above all, have fun with all of it. You're starting at a good time. Even with a bit of a laziness layoff, two months should be sufficient time for someone to get into century shape.