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Originally Posted by jimincalif View Post
There's no shame in walking up a 20% grade. You know your heart issue and have to deal with that. For me I can usually push myself a bit farther than I think I can. If you were absolutely wiped out after the last one, then you should probably not undertake a harder ride so soon afterward, but keep building up. OTOH, if after the last ride you felt reasonably OK after a short period of time you probably have a bit more capability.

Three thoughts: 1 - don't kill yourself the week before a big ride. Ride, but take it easy, 2 - pace yourself, pace yourself pace yourself, 3 - long rides near your limit are as much mental as physical. If you can't psych up for it, don't do it.
If not to complete some cycling route, is there some other reason to participate? Are friends/family participating? Is it a convenient excuse to go somewhere and see something interesting? If not, it would seem perverse to enter an event one had no honest intention or real ambition of completing.
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