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    Tapering off is also a good idea. You will want fresh legs to start your event. I rode 20 miles and then laid off 4 days till my event.

    I'm now debating trying a really flat century ride on 8/31.
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    After double knee replacement last year, I set a goal to ride my age this year. (52) anyway, I am relatively new to cycling and like you talked about my preparation. After working myself up to 35 a couple of times, I just went out there and did the 52. Felt like I could have done 70 if my feet weren't hurting from my mountain bike pedals. My opinion, if you can do 40, you can do 60 today. Have fun, don't worry about it. But do bring lots of gels and snacks, eat more than you think you need to and by all means drink lots of water.

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    From all I have read from the experts,,,, you can only digest 300 cals an hour while your riding your bike. That is the metric I have always used. That is to say,,,eat 300 cals an hour and drink 25 oz's of water an hour,,, or more if it's super hot and your sweating profusely. I normally eat bike food on shorter rides. For me,, I really do a great bit better when I eat "real food" only on longer rides (100 miles). Some peps stomachs can't handle eating "real food" while riding. I like PBJ's cheese Payday type candy bars, chocolate milk, fig bars. Easy to digest with a balance of carbs and protien. I like Cytomax powder mix in my bottles and eat gels blocks. Liquid after the blocks help digest them.

    My feeling is if you eat more than you can digest by very much you present a conflict with your digestive track wanting to draw blood away from your muscles towards your digestive track so as to digest your food. Thats why I suggest not eating a whole bunch more than the 300 cals unless your body has proven able to digest "real food" ok while your riding.

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    You'll be fine. Just remember to have a small breakfast a couple hours before the ride with plenty of water. Start eating 30min into the ride, 25-50g of carbs an hour, minimal protein. Bring whatever you like to eat on the bike, be it real food or processed "sport" food. I bring little homemade apple pies, PBJ sammiches, etc. Drink every 10min and refill when possible. You'll be absolutely fine as long as you stay hydrated and don't run out of food or forget to eat/drink for half the ride.

    4-6/hrs a week is just enough to keep you in good shape. Assuming you ride hills or at least put in a good amount of interval work, you're more fit than most people you'll run into out there. 10 hours would be great, but my son is turning 1 this month and I haven't hit 10 hours since sometime in early 2012! Happy wife, happy life.

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