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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
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    This is exactly why I recommend less preparation. You're setting a goal that you will have already accomplished which takes the fun out of it. Milestone rides should be special.

    When I rode my first century 30 years ago, the furthest I'd ridden before was about 15 miles. Until just a few years ago, I considered that to be the best ride of my life. That will always be a great ride, and it's still burned in my mind as if I did it yesterday.
    Even though I've never done more than 40 miles I average about 300 a month and honestly don't look at a metric century as a big deal. I just want to be strong enough to enjoy the ride and finish with relative ease.

    In my case I agree with you when it comes to an English century, however, and I may be trying one in the fall and will probably treat it as more of a big deal. I certainly won't be doing 100 miles two weeks before that.

    I don't think the OP has to be real anal about preparing for his century but I think to get some enjoyment out of the ride (and not just accomplishment) it's a good idea to get his body used to being on the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knobd View Post
    Even though I've never done more than 40 miles I average about 300 a month and honestly don't look at a metric century as a big deal. I just want to be strong enough to enjoy the ride and finish with relative ease.
    You'll be fine. The longest ride my wife had been on before she did her first metric was 25 miles. The longest ride she'd been on before I tricked into going on the 25 was about 3. She did fine. I conned a coworker into riding 25 miles with me even though she specifically told me she'd kill me if I used the same trick with her as I did with my wife. She also did great and had a blast.

    What gets people in trouble is trying to keep up with riders who are stronger than them because a small difference in effort can make a huge difference in pain. Speed goals are a bad idea until you know how you perform at different distances in a wide variety of conditions.

    I agree that it's a good idea to get people used to being on the bike. In both the case with my wife and coworker, I wasn't crazy enough to take them on a course where they'd *have* to pedal in. I'd purposely set up the routing so there were plenty of opportunities to check how they were feeling and we could bail if they didn't want to continue.

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    Thank you for all of the input. Last season I rode 80, felt good like I could have done 100. Work has been holding me back from training the past couple weeks, but I will be starting a regiment this week. As for the speed part of it, I just want to complete it. I don't think it's overpreparing, just being safe...don't want to be way out and hit a wall. Thanks once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Holy overpreparedness! Sounds like some guys here put in more base miles for a century than I would for a double century or a ride with 15K+ feet of climbing.

    In term of base mileage, you really don't need much to do a century -- 75/week should be more than adequate. It is not necessary to ride long distances before putting in a century and doing so kind of robs you of the experience.

    Riding 100 miles all at once is really just a matter of pacing. Just don't set a speed goal and you'll be fine.
    Agree. What has also worked well for me is riding a heavier bike-- loaded with a kid or work clothes etc. Especially riding that bike with a deadline/ train to catch.

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    Just go out and ride a 75 mile ride and see how you feel the next day. If this is the course you are selecting to ride for the century and you aren't too sore, if all else is a "go" you will be just fine.

    Base miles...I had about 100miles per week and ramping up. Long distance ride was 81miles and the heat just wiped me out. I was well fed and watered but the engine just gave out. Next day my legs were fine and I knew I was ready next time around.

    When I rode the century there was a steady 12-15mph headwind that caused the last 15miles to be a chore. Next day I felt great but sure didnt have any inspiration to get on the bike for another 4-5 days.
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    Before my first 145 km (+/-3500m) or 90 mile (+/-11,500 ft) ride I'd ridden about 500 km in the past two years with one ride up around 60km, although I'd averaged 80km (50 miles) a week running for the previous year. Although it was a little shy of a century we only stopped at this distance because that was the "my house to the top of the climb and back" and I have no doubt in my mind that I could have finished 100 miles. If you have a pretty decent base level of fitness, don't push the pace early and eat and drink then I don't believe you need any real specific prep for a century.

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    I thought all one had to do to ride a century, or just far in general, was to be mentally prepared for it - the "If you believe, you can achieve," mentality.

    At least that is what they other thread said.

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    I'm doing the Santa Fe Century on 5/20 and did 101 mile test ride two days ago. Here is what my training mileage has looked like:

    Week 1: Indoor Intervals
    Week 2: Indoor Intervals
    Week 3: 46 + Indoor Intervals
    Week 4: 15 + Indoor Intervals
    Week 5: 55 + Indoor Intervals
    Week 6: 58
    Week 7: 112
    Week 8: 24 <- Sick this week
    Week 9: 103
    Week 10: 42
    Week 11: 35 + 101 Endurance Test Ride
    Week 12: Taper
    Week 13: Santa Fe Century
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Holy overpreparedness! Sounds like some guys here put in more base miles for a century than I would for a double century or a ride with 15K+ feet of climbing.

    Riding 100 miles all at once is really just a matter of pacing. Just don't set a speed goal and you'll be fine.
    No kidding! Everyone in this thread could do a century tomorrow if they paced themselves and ate enough calories. Just turn off the brain and ride 100 miles.
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    I over-hydrated on my first one, and had to take 11 pee breaks. Otherwise, carb-load the first few nights before and don't worry about finishing it fast...just worry about finishing period. You can survive the century with even 150 weekly miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
    ...carb-load the first few nights before ...
    People still do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bored117 View Post
    People still do this?
    ?? I thought this continues to be a good idea. What could be wrong with that?
    To OP...you can get yourself Bicycling mag's century training plan, if you need structure and reminders and all that here: http://www.bicycling.com/training-nu...s/century-plan

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