Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Keep riding, put in all the miles you can, gradually increase your distance. Go out some Saturday and ride 100k (62 miles) and that will likely tell you the story on a century. If you do it, make good time, and feel good, you're in good shape for the century. If you do it and think you're going to die and it takes 8 hours, reconsider. That'll also give you a chance to discover and correct comfort issues or other problems along the way.
What you take: It depends. On charity rides, with rest stops every 10 miles, I'll take a bottle or two and flat-fixing stuff and my wallet. On randonneurring rides, take a few extras, but I generally know ahead of time where I'll be stopping to buy more stuff. I have a rack with trunk bag and a small handlebar bag, and vary my load depending on the circumstances.
Consider hills and climbing also. If you ride in a hilly area and the century is the same hilliness or flatter, that's fine. If you train somewhere flat as a pancake, then go ride some century that goes over three sides of every hill in the county, you could be in a world of hurt.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."