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Old 06-07-07, 08:23 PM   #1
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Anyone interested in training for the HHH 100???

I am 90% sure that I will be doing the HHH 100 this year. As soon as I get confirmation on my hotel room I will know for sure. Even if this room falls through I have a couple more options to research.

I am going to start using Sundays to get some good endurance miles in. No intervals, no surges...just endurance and getting more exposure to the heat and wind. I am going to start off with 50-60 miles and gradually increase it each week. These rides will be done north of McKinney on some routes that I have done and will be scouting more routes as the distance increases. These rides will be on two lane roads, shoulders, access roads and wherever else I have to go to get the necessary milage.

I would love to have other riders accompany me. I know there are several others doing the HHH 100. Now that the weather is starting to heat up, this is the perfect time to start getting the exposure to it. I am a hardcore roadie but I WILL be using my Camel Bak on these rides. If anyone knows some good routes to train on, I am open to suggestions.

I hope to hear back from some of you!!!
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Starting off at 50-60mi is a bit much for me right now or I'd be happy to join you Kevin. Perhaps in a few weeks after I ramp up a bit. I too am going to start focusing on getting ready for the HHH. A combination of increasing my base miles on the weekends and short high intensity rides in the evenings after work in the hotter temps. I'm aiming for a repeat of the 100k route that I did last year. That's enough time on the roads of Wichita Falls for me.
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Maybe we can make a run or two to the now defunct Wildwood Bakery and back. From Mckinney that's about 75+- miles?!? We've been talking about doing this on the tandem by ourselves but maybe we can hook up with you on this too.
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Maybe we can make a run or two to the now defunct Wildwood Bakery and back. From Mckinney that's about 75+- miles?!? We've been talking about doing this on the tandem by ourselves but maybe we can hook up with you on this too.
Perfect!!! I'm glad you chimed in on this because I know you have some routes in mind. Let's put this on the calendar.
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Man I wish you where closer. I just started training for HH this last week, This is going to be my first 100K ever. Training by your self gets boring after a while.
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I am in Arlington too. I am a beginner, but I have been looking for someone to train with. I am going to the Fort Worth meeting/lunch/ride tomorrow. Bicycles Inc. in Arlington has group rides a couple of times a week. Great shop, and great people. I haven't been on one of the rides yet though.

I am actually training for a triathlon, but I plan on doing a few bike races this year too.
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If anyone knows some good routes to train on, I am open to suggestions.
If it's anything like my past experiences find the crappiest chip and seal road you can
and train on that, it'll be a perfect tune up for wichita falls and surrounding areas.

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If it's anything like my past experiences find the crappiest chip and seal road you can
and train on that, it'll be a perfect tune up for wichita falls and surrounding areas.

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Ok guys, I need some tips on how to up avg on my long rides. I want to get to 17-18mph for HH but am at 16mph right now. what can I do to get that 2 mph. I currently work the smaller cogs of my mid ring and If I get to the big ring my cadance drops. Is it a matter of pushing a bigger gear or just doing an Interval session during the week? Any tips are helpful.

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Best way to get faster is to ride with (slightly) faster riders so that you are constantly pushing yourself. Intervals help, as will hill repeats. To get faster you need a combination of high intensity riding and solid fast base miles. Were you riding in any groups along the way? 16mph isn't too bad if you're riding solo 95% of the time. Grab on to the tail end of a group doing 20mph and it's a lot easier to push that pace for miles on end.
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Yeah, I noticed that when I was riding in a group at the beginning, everything felt a bit easier. When it thinned out around the 34mi turnoff thats when it got tougher. I should have tried to leave that reststop with a group instead of getting out of there in a hurry. Although the pace seemed to be either 18-20 or 13 -15 and I was stuck in between.
I feel pretty good today. I woke up a little stiff but not sore and plan on a ride this evening. Last night I couldnt get off the couch though.

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Ok guys, I need some tips on how to up avg on my long rides. I want to get to 17-18mph for HH but am at 16mph right now. what can I do to get that 2 mph. I currently work the smaller cogs of my mid ring and If I get to the big ring my cadance drops. Is it a matter of pushing a bigger gear or just doing an Interval session during the week? Any tips are helpful.

Thanks,
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I'm far from an expert but here are some things you can do to increase your speed:

1. Ride more
2. Ride with groups that are stronger and faster than you (make sure they are no drop rides though)
3. Work on raising your LT with interval workouts

Riding more will build your aerobic system and get you into better shape. Don't go out and try to kill yourself on every ride. You HAVE to build a base. This is normally done during the offseason. Get a HRM and use it!!! Know your body and your HR zones. Specify days where you will ride hard and days when you will take it easy and ride at base pace. On group rides if I find myself at the front pulling the entire time it is time to graduate to the next faster group. Adjust your chainring position according to your speed. Most of the time I don't even look down nor do I care about what actual gear I am in; I go by the feel and adjust it according to my speed/effort.

The best piece of advice that I can give is: Ride lots and have fun!!!!

Pick up the Cyclists Training Bible when you get a chance. I hope this helps.

EDIT: Having an indoor trainer helps alot especially if your schedule is anything close to mine. It's boring to get on the trainer and peddle mindlessly but if you have goals and a training plan a trainer is a great tool. I do alot of interval training on my trainer. It allows me to train with more control over time and perceived effort (I don't have a power meter yet).
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Thanks Kevin. I do need to keep from going all out on every ride and just enjoy the scenery. I probably shoudnt get too caught up into "big ring/small ring" mentallity and just go by feel. But I know this, it's a whole lotta fun

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I'm no speedster, but base miles are huge. I'm way behind my base miles, and I have NO endurance.

If you want a simplified plan, ride one day at a moderate pace, one day with faster riders, and one day hills. You will improve quicker than you think using this weekly.

If you want to track yourself in concrete terms get the heart monitor and do the intervals as K-Mac suggests.
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If there are some people down near Houston who want to train for the race, I'd be interested in that.
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I'd be up for it, but if you're talking about early mornings on Sunday, I have obligations at church.
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Started my training by riding my first century today, albeit in nice weather rather than the HHH climate.

Thought I would share with my Texas friends.
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