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    Will 2 weeks off the bike derail my century training if...?

    ...I will be out of the country a couple weeks due to family emergency, then back for a week before the century?

    Anything I should/shouldn't do over that week when I return to help my fitness for the ride?

    My first century. Training has been long rides on weekends and commuting during the week over the summer.

    I am not a Rando person, just a lowly 15mph commuter.

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    Hard to say. Last year, I was called out of town unexpectedly, and was off the bike from August 8th through the 19th. I was able to do a century on September 8, and didn't feel like the lay-off hurt me much, if at all.

    YMMV.

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    You will be OK.

    Last June I rode with Mary on a 100 mile ride.

    She only had 2 training rides with a total of 55 miles for the entire year.

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    I just got this: http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Danielsons.../dp/193403097X

    I really like the workouts in it, and if you can take time to do them while you're away, that would at least help you with your core strength and stamina. Nothing to be done about the loss of saddle conditioning, but maybe your back, neck, and arms wouldn't be hurting along with your butt...

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    Its called extreme tapering. Just watch the carb loading.

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    1. What is your longest ride in the last couple months?

    2. Can you keep active while you're away ... long walks? some cycling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Its called extreme tapering. Just watch the carb loading.
    Or "strategic deconditioning."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    1. What is your longest ride in the last couple months?

    2. Can you keep active while you're away ... long walks? some cycling?
    If you were well trained for the century before the break, a couple of weeks is no problem as long as you continue with good nutrition and stay active. In fact, taking a week of light activity prior to such an event can actually improve performance (two weeks is stretching it). I don't know where you will be going but you can always do core exercises, walk/run, stretch/yoga, etc. Look for a gym or even bike rentals near where you will be. Whatever you do, DO NOT try to make up for lost time by overtraining when you return. You want to be healed up and fresh the morning of your century, not sore and tired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    ...I will be out of the country a couple weeks due to family emergency, then back for a week before the century?

    Anything I should/shouldn't do over that week when I return to help my fitness for the ride?

    My first century. Training has been long rides on weekends and commuting during the week over the summer.

    I am not a Rando person, just a lowly 15mph commuter.
    It depends on(at least to me), whether you are doing it on your own, with a group of cyclists', and whether it is organized.

    I will be doing a (metric)century on 9-22-2013. The group that organizes it yearly is http://www.backroadscentury.org They just posted the routes a couple days ago and the (metric)century has rest stops at 12.7mi., 30.7mi., 43.6mi., and 56.6mi., before finishing at 65mi.. In my opinion that is too many rest stops to make it challenging. The (full)century has stops 25.4mi., 51.2mi., 64mi., 79.4mi., 92.4mi., and finishes at 100.9mi.. They should have stuck with the 25mi. legs to make that one challenging.

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    You're allowed to skip rest stops
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    I expect you'll be fine, though it depends on how long your long rides have been. 60-90 miles, no problem. If they're under half the century distance, though, it might be a challenge. But not because of the 2 weeks off. When you get back, I'd do a long ride ASAP after the return, then some short (10-20 mile) rides with some speedwork in the next few days, followed by at most 5-10 mile slow rides in the day or 2 before the century.
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    my understanding (from a while ago, science may have changed) is that anything less than 2 weeks off will not change your fitness. I have proven this to myself in the past, although for me it's hard not to gain weight with two weeks off. If there are fitness changes after two weeks off, they should be slight.

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    the break could actually be beneficial. Especially if you have the base miles that you need. Pretty much nothing that you do two weeks before the event is going to add to your fitness in a significant way. What the break will do is heal any micro tears in muscles and allow your body to build its glycogen reserves. Just don't pig out on a high fat diet or take in a lot of sugar. Make sure you do daily full body stretching. If you were a sprinter or 10 k runner it could hurt your performance on race day but for long distance I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RISKDR1 View Post
    the break could actually be beneficial. Especially if you have the base miles that you need. Pretty much nothing that you do two weeks before the event is going to add to your fitness in a significant way. What the break will do is heal any micro tears in muscles and allow your body to build its glycogen reserves. Just don't pig out on a high fat diet or take in a lot of sugar. Make sure you do daily full body stretching. If you were a sprinter or 10 k runner it could hurt your performance on race day but for long distance I don't think so.
    agree - try to get in some cardio while out of town if you can. Don't over train when you get back to "catch up"..enjoy the ride, eat and drink more than you think you need and have your mind right as its a mental game as you get tired.

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    Take along a jump rope, do it the way boxers do, start out by doing just 50 jumps, and add 25 jumps more every session. Progressive overload. If there are stairs available, run them two at a time and keep a record of the time. Remember, progressive overload and start well within your present capacity and gradually add more duration. This will keep you in shape indefinitely.

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