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    11 Weeks to Century Ride

    After getting back to cycling October of last year after many years break following marriage and three children.
    My goal is to ride a Century and I am signed up for the Seagull Century in September. I have been pushing myself mainly on Hill riding so I can gain strength as from the start Hills really slowed me as I am currently riding as Clyde at 212 lbs at 5'6 though I am down 25 lbs since starting and can tackle most of the hills in the area except one that reaches a 20 gradient that now requires me to stop twice on to catch my breath, down from 4 times. So I have definitely grown in that area.
    I am doing weekend rides around 45 miles and it's time to increase the miles.
    I understand that the ride I will be doing is by the Sea and even though is flat it can be quite windy.
    Can I get recommendations as to how I should focus my training.
    The area I live in is rolling hills in PA. I was thinking of riding my compact cranks with 12-28 gearing but do have 39/53 if that would be better on the flat even with wind?

    I don't have a time that I am aiming at but want to finish well and finish with energy.
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    Allan

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    11 weeks is plenty of time. Just increase your time on the bike (or distance) by about 10%/week. That way, you won't hurt yourself and you will do just fine. Make it a mix of flats and hills. Go with a compact.

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    53-39 cranks are big boy gears not for mortals.

    Your knees will thank you.

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    For training --> just go ride.

    You'll probably only need two gears on the Seagull ride --> one for when riding with a tailwind and one for riding into a headwind.

    I think you'll have adequate gearing for the Seagull.

    There will be plenty of stocked rest stops. Many people ride charity rides as a series of 20-mile rides between virtual picnics at the rest stops. One can do that and finish the ride well topped-up in food and drink -- but perhaps feeling even more tired than if they had done the ride with fewer stops.
    Enjoy the ride.

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    Nothing wrong with riding hills to get in shape, but it's not really a requirement for the Seagull Century. That is one FLAT ride. Can be windy though, or so I've heard.
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    I know the Seagull Century is flat, but the only thing I could think about simulating riding in the wind was Hill climbing as when you are Hill climbing and in the wind you are continuously pedaling.
    Going to keep my compact cranks on and up the mileage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakiwi View Post
    I know the Seagull Century is flat, but the only thing I could think about simulating riding in the wind was Hill climbing as when you are Hill climbing and in the wind you are continuously pedaling.
    Going to keep my compact cranks on and up the mileage.
    Thanks
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    I wouldn't change the cranks just for the sake of change. But in the abstract, assuming I had a choice of bikes with both standard and compact, I think I might prefer to have the 39 for a flat ride with the wind in my teeth for a good part of it, as it's more useful than a 34 under the circumstances for many riders. It would have to be blowing pretty hard for me to have to drop off my 50. However, I would never go through the trouble of swapping cranks for one ride. One thing with wind: ignore your speed read-out (if you have one) and concentrate on cadence.

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    Saddle time... Get your butt used to 5 to 8 hours. You have more than enough time. Go compact on the cranks... You will not run out of gears on the "tall" end, but might run out of "short" gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divide_by_0 View Post
    Saddle time... Get your butt used to 5 to 8 hours. You have more than enough time. Go compact on the cranks... You will not run out of gears on the "tall" end, but might run out of "short" gears.
    This. If you're not going for a time, why kill yourself with too-tall gearing?
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    50 mile ride tomorrow. No I'm not going for a time, just to finish well.
    Going to ride with compact cranks. Was speaking to another rider last night who shared how windy it is on the ride.
    Will be keeping my mileage to 150 - 225 miles a week with one big ride a week.

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    Progressively overload, do one interval training event per week. Think of it as four 25 milers and make yourself ride slower for the first 75 than you feel ready for. Now you will have control. Ignore the speeds others are going, stay relaxed and drink 4 oz. every 15 minutes.

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    Rode 81 miles yesterday. Three laps of a loop I do so I could fill up with water and snack which I left in the car. My first loop was the slowest and I think it had to do with the temp. I felt really stiff in the knees but by the second lap I felt great. I could have easily done the additional 19 miles.
    today went out and rode 20 miles at pace to get the legs moving. Felt great.
    did a 50 mile ride in the rain last week just in case I get wet weather for my century.
    After reading some of the messages on this thread I have the urge to look at a bigger goal for next year. Maybe a double century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakiwi View Post
    Rode 81 miles yesterday. Three laps of a loop I do so I could fill up with water and snack which I left in the car. My first loop was the slowest and I think it had to do with the temp. I felt really stiff in the knees but by the second lap I felt great. I could have easily done the additional 19 miles.
    today went out and rode 20 miles at pace to get the legs moving. Felt great.
    did a 50 mile ride in the rain last week just in case I get wet weather for my century.
    After reading some of the messages on this thread I have the urge to look at a bigger goal for next year. Maybe a double century.
    Thanks,
    Allan
    I'm kind of late to this thread, but well done! I think you have that century in the bag.
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    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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