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Location: San Ramon
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As you are advancing in miles preparing for your first century the biggest challenge I have found is knowing exactly where a "tempo" pace is as your body adapts to the stresses of increased distance.
Please note that I said tempo, not long stead distance (LSD). That is generally about 10% harder then the pace that you plan to keep during your century ride. If you can get one, a HR monitor is a good investment to make, it will allow you to set a target HR during your workout, and hold to it.
On that note, don't just go out and go steady for 6 hours. Spice up your workouts with some speed work. It will help with the nueromuscular path ways, as well as break things up a bit.
One last thing, don't forget about your midweek rides. Tuesday and Thursday 20 mile evening rides do wonders for keeping the fitness up.
Good luck with your century, I've been in your shoes. I was 290 lbs last August, working on my 2nd double Century this year in two weeks @220 lbs.