Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
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Originally Posted by howsteepisit
Here's to many more. The burning is likely either too high of exertion level or general fatigue. How near your max heartrate were you riding? For your first century I would think you want to keep exertion level at 70-80% HR max. It could have been lactate accumulation at higher heart rates. OR you just need more time on the bike. But congratualtions, its a real milestone. Going for 200 or 300 k next?
Agree with how steepisit. Did a ride with a casual rider on Sunday - 65 miler. This was his longest ride and I noted a couple of things- First of all I had to tell him to keep drinking. I would expect to be taking a litre an hour on my rides and if I had not told him to drink- he would not have been drinking half that. He took a few cereal bars with him but he was not eating enough on the ride either. At one point I could feel him lagging and made him take one of the Gel packs that I carry for emergencies. 20 minutes later and he was fine- Gave him another one about an hour later.
Most people when they do a century- do not know what to expect. Staying within the 70 to 80% of max heart rate works. Then there is the problem that the body has not worked for this long before so Eat before you are hungry and drink before you are thirsty. Then there is that Magic 80 mile mark. This is where everything starts to hurt. Time to feed up- drink up- rest the butt and stretch the legs for about 10 minutes- and take the gel pack if you have one. I do this while still riding so no need to stop- just slow a bit to take a breather. Then finish the ride -still in agony but it can be done with a smile on your face for the onlookers.
Well done on the ride- but try and do a short ride tomorrow- if you haven't done one today- just to stretch the muscles abit. Then next weekend=- you can go out and start training for your double century.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.