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Old 03-23-14, 06:52 AM   #1
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Ex 300lber attempting first century

Well not to long ago I was 309lbs. I've managed to lose 80lbs and have done it by eating clean and biking. I've been riding a Wal Mart Schwinn Hybrid and it had served me well. However I wanted more of a road bike but one that could handle gravel bc I'm on it a lot. I ended up with a Jamis Nova and love it. In fact I love riding it so much I started riding longer distances. I did my first 50 mile this well. I'm completely new to riding.in fact I road my 50 in gym gym shorts, my duck dog T shirt and Nikes!

Any way that's my background. I ask riding for a few reasons. To get healthy, have fun, and challenge myself. So I'm going to do the a local century in September. It didn't seem so overwhelming until I looked at the course.I drive to these places for work and the idea that I can bike it seems insane!!!!

I'm getting lots of info from the search function but I'll take any advice I can get.

My goal: lose 110lbs, finish with a smile, live to do it again.
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Old 03-23-14, 11:12 AM   #2
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90% of long distance cycling is between your ears. If you convince yourself it's too difficult before you even start you won't finish. Look at the "1st Century Completed after 3 weeks of cycling!" thread. He can do it, so can you! Especially if you train between now and then.

btw, you lost me on the weight thing. You started at 309 and lost 80. That puts you at 229. Now you want to loose another 110? That would put you at 119? Is that right? That would be pretty awesome.
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These stories are always nice to hear. Spend a few weekends before the century and do some longer rides, 35 to 60 miles. Maybe do some shorter group rides. You might meet to nice people that will be more than happy to give advice on riding and preparation for your first century.

One thing to think about. Even it you road at 10 miles per hour you could get done in 11 to 12 hours with rest breaks.

Learn what you like eating for energy on your training rides. Hydration is probably the most important thing on a longer ride. It is very difficult to recover in a short time once you become dehydrated.

Good luck on your new journey in life and your riding adventures.
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For me, being able to do 50 miles was enough to do the century, YMMV. I also lost a bunch of weight from clean eating (155 lbs now). I personally think it's more mental than physical. Have a focused attitude and keep a comfortable pace. I quickly learned the importance of cadence. Fit is also the most important! I was very comfortable during my century, and was fine the next day.

Oh, it also helps to ride with someone!
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I assumed the 110 was total, and includes the 80. Anyway, you're doing good, keep at it, have fun.
Doing a century is not too hard.
Doing it at a speed that somebody else thinks you ought to, that could be rough.
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I assumed the 110 was total, and includes the 80.[/QUOTE]
I'm sure you're right.

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Doing a century is not too hard.
Doing it at a speed that somebody else thinks you ought to, that could be rough.
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Congratulations on the weight loss, and keep it up. You'll manage the century!

Our local cycling community just lost a really special guy to cancer who had been over 300lbs in his 40's. He was told by his doc that he better make a change or he'd be dead in three years. He started riding a bike, quit drinking, lost the weight, and became something of a legendary figure in the cycling community for over 20 years. He did dozens and dozens of charity rides, raised huge amounts of money, helped untold scores of new riders train for their first big charity events, convinced them that they could do what they thought was impossible.

Anyway, if you'd met him, he'd have told you you could do it and you'd have believed him. So enjoy your training, keep it up, and have a fabulous, fun century!
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Yes you guys are correct about the 110! I was typing from my phone and that never ends up good.

thanks for the encouragement. I just never thought I'd be in a position to do something like this so it seemed overwhelming. The more I reside the more I can see it will be a fun even that I'll be able to finish. I'm putting in 25-30miles 4 days a week and will be adding a long ride on the weekends with a group.

Look forward to finishing the event and hopefully getting below 200lbs!!!!
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