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Old 08-19-14, 08:21 PM   #1
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Iím training for my first century on Sept. 20 and as of today my longest training ride has been 50 miles. This is my last real weekend to train before the century as I will be traveling out of the country in late August and early Sept. My next long ride wonít be until Sept. 13-14 and I prefer keep my mileage in the 50-60 range with only a week prior to the century.

My dilemma is this coming weekend (Aug 23) there is a 50-mile Fondo in the mountains that would be a great event and workout. Would it be better to do a 70-75 mile ride for saddle time instead of the fondo followed by a 40-45 miler on Aug 24 or do the fondo with the 40-45 miles on Sunday and not worry about a high mileage ride in prep for the Century?
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Cycle to the 50-mile Fondo, or generally cycle around for 5-10 miles before the Fondo starts. Warmup.

Ride the 50-mile Fondo.

Cycle home, or generally cycle around for 10-15 miles after the Fondo. Cooldown.

And there you'll have your 70-75 mile ride on Saturday.


It is a good idea to do at least one ride over 70 km before your first century ... that's when bicycle fit issues, nutrition issues, and fatigue issues start to show up.
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Cycle to the 50-mile Fondo, or generally cycle around for 5-10 miles before the Fondo starts. Warmup.

Ride the 50-mile Fondo.

Cycle home, or generally cycle around for 10-15 miles after the Fondo. Cooldown.

And there you'll have your 70-75 mile ride on Saturday.


It is a good idea to do at least one ride over 70 km before your first century ... that's when bicycle fit issues, nutrition issues, and fatigue issues start to show up.
This. Excellent advice.

The only other thing I'd say is that there's no need to restrict yourself to 40-50 miles on 13 or 14 September. You'll still have a week until the event, and a week is plenty of time to recover. Ride as far as you like that weekend.
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It is a good idea to do at least one ride over 70 km before your first century ... that's when bicycle fit issues, nutrition issues, and fatigue issues start to show up.
I totally agree with this, I only have one Century under my belt which I completed last Sunday but I battled with fatigue and cramping issues around 65-70mi while training. I ended up drinking more, adding some Endurolytes to my water, and eating a bar every 1.5hrs which helped me complete it. Now I should be able to step up my usual 40-60mi rides with more power because I know there's more in the tank.
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The long plane flights will be good for your haemoglobin levels-almost as good as a LSD day on the bike. Just be sure to eat moderately and try to use the hotel health club's exercise bike for some interval sessions. Don't worry, do the Fondo but I would not ride really long and hard on the weekend before the century. I'd ride the Fondo hard and do 20-30 easy miles after it. On the weekend before, I'd only do 40 miles easy pace simply because nothing you do a week before is going to help and over doing it is more likely. Eat and drink before you are hungry or thirsty on the century. Start the century at an easier pace on fresh legs.

Maintaining fitness while traveling is hard. I used to travel 80-90% of the time. A BikeFriday travel bike helps. You can also rent a bike, just bring stuff to wear aka the kit. Keeping properly hydrated while travelling also helps as does sticking to a sound diet. Even a couple really short but intense workouts while on the road can help maintain fitness. From experience, I would focus myself on maintaining what fitness I had and not losing it.
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