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Old 09-09-08, 01:59 PM
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I've only done three full centuries (4th coming up this coming weekend), but I've done a ton of 60-80 mile rides. I generally try to keep my HR below 80% until I've got about 1-2 hours left in the ride. Then I allow myself to go as hard as I want.

If this is your first century, the key is to go easy the first ~50-60 miles. It should feel a bit too easy and a bit too slow. When you realize there are only 40-50 miles left, you want your legs to feel like they can do the distance easily. Then you can toss caution to the wind and do your normal ride.

Someday I hope I can do a whole century at my "normal" pace, but for now I still have to take that first 30-40 miles pretty gingerly.
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