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    Long ride coming up next weekend. Last minute training regimen advice needed.

    Hi All,
    I have my first long (for me) ride next weekend. It's the Long Beach Tour de Cure and I'm planning on doing the 62 mile route. I've known for a while that I wanted to do the ride, and when I first signed up, I thought I'd have gotten more training time in than I ultimately was able to get in by now. So, now I'm looking for some advice on what I should do in this last week before doing the ride next weekend.

    My longest ride previously is 46 miles, and I average probably 25 miles per ride these days. I've been off the bike more than on it lately though, maybe getting in 2 or 3 rides a week. Those are fairly flat rides though, and it looks like the TdC route is hillier than I'm used to.

    I guess what I'm looking for is advice on how many rides to get in this week, whether or not I should work on anything specific, or ride less and save my legs for next Sunday. I'm a little nervous about this ride as my original plan was to train enough to do it easily, but that didn't happen. Now, I just want to complete it.

    Any feedback or advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    -Don

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    It's a little late now to work on anything specific. Just go out on your usual 2-3 days of 25 mile rides ... ride easy on the actual event ... and eat and drink regularly.

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    Your best plan now is to taper for the event. You want to be rested and ready on the day. Do about 2/3 the distance you'd normally do during the week, and take it kind of easy.

    For the event go easier than you think you need to in order to finish. Don't try to keep up with faster riders. Cruise up the hills in a low gear. Set a low HR limit on your computer or in your head if you tend to get competitive. If you're feeling strong in the last 15 miles then its time to put the hammer down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Your best plan now is to taper for the event. You want to be rested and ready on the day. Do about 2/3 the distance you'd normally do during the week, and take it kind of easy.

    For the event go easier than you think you need to in order to finish. Don't try to keep up with faster riders. Cruise up the hills in a low gear. Set a low HR limit on your computer or in your head if you tend to get competitive. If you're feeling strong in the last 15 miles then its time to put the hammer down.

    Agreed. Anything you do this week isn't exactly going to improve your level of fitness, its too late for that, so you should just taper down and make sure your nice and rested for the event. Good luck! have fun!

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    Well never fooled with tapering as long as I did light work out the day before. But I pack in the miles and I recover well. So maybe you should not listen to me. Any ride you do on the day before the ride or the day before that, should be a relatively easy ride. Since the ride is on the weekend, going out and really killing yourself on a training ride is not a good idea. So go moderate to easy until the big day. With you doing 25 mile rides routinely a 62 mile ride should not be that hard.

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    I'm also doing the Tour de Cure. I've never ridden that specific route, but I think the last leg of the ride should be pretty easy as it's mostly downhill.

    Be sure to take advantage of all the rest stops. They'll be stocked with snacks that will help keep your energy up. Just don't eat too much and get sick, and don't spend too much time at the rest stops or it will be that much harder to get started again.

    Just don't kill yourself early on and you'll be fine. I've seen people do the Tour de Cure wearing jeans and riding a mountain bike. Chances are if you're regularly doing 25-mile rides, you'll already be more prepared than a lot of your fellow riders. Set a pace that you can maintain and don't worry about keeping up with others.

    Also the view from Palos Verdes is nice, so try to enjoy it while you're up there.

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    Hey All,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the feedback. I've been going relatively easy this week, with 2 more rides planned between now and Saturday. I figure that should leave me pretty ready to go by Sunday morning. I think as long as I can move up the first half of the route relatively slowly and get past the bulk of the climbs, I should be good to go for the 2nd half.

    Again, appreciate the feedback.
    -Don

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    Hey All, (again).
    Just wanted to follow up and let you guys know I did the Tour de Cure today and I finished the 61 mile route. No speed records set, but I'm happy with the result. Some parts weren't as tough as I thought they'd be, other parts were harder. (Seriously, the switchbacks on Palos Verdes East more than 1/2 way through the ride were a killer). In the end, I finished and enjoyed the experience. Thanks again for the advice.

    -Don

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    you'll be fine - take it easy this week
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