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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
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Here's my 2 cents.
I'm assuming you are riding a road bike and not a hybrid (you said a lot of your riding was recreational before this summer).
From my experience, and I'm no expert, distance (which equates with endurance or stamina) and speed are not necessarily related.
I can maintain a respectable speed for 20 to 30 miles, but beyond that I have to conserve my energy for anything as long as a century or metric century.
In order for me to maintain a good speed and "finish" a long ride, I have learned that I must use a slightly lower gear (meaning slower speed) for the entire ride.
You are probably younger than me so you may be able to go a longer distance before your energy is drained.
Another thing to consider is what you are eating (complex carbs), when you eat (1 to 2 hours before riding), and water. Water is VERY important. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after the ride.
Training for racing, time trials, etc. is not the same as training for a century.
There are plenty of books about both types of training. Check your local library, LBS, or online.
Good luck and keep us informed of your progress.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
Last edited by RonH; 08-02-01 at 07:55 AM.