Originally posted by Mambwe
The NYC century is Sept 8 and i really wanna try it. I just started biking about a Month and a half ago. I also usually Mountain Bike. My farthest ride to date was about 26 miles on the trails. I also still had some energy to go farther. They have 4 different distances 35, 55, 75, 100 miles. I am definately going for the 75 but would really like to go for 100. Do yoiu guys think it is possible for the 100 or even the 75, or should i go for the 55? I will also be doing this race with my mountain bike. Also what do i need to bring with me on the race?
The first thing to remember is THIS IS NOT A RACE, DESPITE WHAT YOU SAID IN YOUR MESSAGE. That is a real important concept. This is an EVENT.
What kind of condition are you in generally??
Are you a young whippersnapper or an old guy (like me)?
I think it is quite possible. There are a number of web pages on how to train for a century - I don't have them on this computer, but do a search. Bicycling Magazine has several, as shouls www.sheldonbrown.com
If you have knobbies, replace them with 1.25 x 26 or at the most 1.5 x 26 slicks. This is real important, as you will go about 25% further.
Build yourself up gradually, give your body time to rest, gradually increasing your distances. Do long rides then short rides. If you can get to about 70 miles on your practice, you should be able to do a century easily. Be sure to rest at least the day before the event, and, preferably two days before - easy relaxing rides. Let your body recover and get ready.
And, remember, this is NOT a race. You may take all the time you need to finish. Just finishing is the goal. Don't start out trying to keep up with the guys who ride centuries all the time - you need to set your own slower pace, keep yourself well hydrated and nourished, and, most of all HAVE FUN!!