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Old 06-02-12, 12:59 PM
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I hear you about it's just a number, but that number is over 3 x my longest ride, and 5x my current climbing in one ride...so I think I have some work to do.
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I hear you about it's just a number, but that number is over 3 x my longest ride, and 5x my current climbing in one ride...so I think I have some work to do.
Don't get hung up on the distance. Before my first 500 mile race I didn't look at it and say "wow, I'm going to ride 500miles without getting off my bike and I've never ridden more than 200 before" and think about the starting line at the Race Across America, that's 3000 miles!
You have to take these things in chunks. When you start a century your first goal is to get to the first rest stop. From there you just have to ride to the next one. Before you know it you're riding to the finish. It's very easy to become overwhelmed by the distance. Stick with your plan, figure on having a great time and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the finish.
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Here's one I figured out today with 6 CAT 5 and 2 CAT 2 climbs...
Since I knew where there was water I made sure I didn't carry any more than I needed to up the hills. Twice I dumped out full bottles since there was water at the Appalachian trail

As most have posted. Mentally take it in chunks and pace yourself to what you know you can do.

I'm a wreck as a climber but Paisan told me something last week that stuck...

Look at the next mailbox or whatever and get to that, pick out a new spot, get to that. Rinse and repeat. Before you know it you've pulled yourself up the hill.
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Old 06-02-12, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by vesteroid
I hear you about it's just a number, but that number is over 3 x my longest ride, and 5x my current climbing in one ride...so I think I have some work to do.
Did you ride up that climb yet?
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Old 06-02-12, 05:04 PM
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Don't psych yourself out about this. You have all day. 100 miles in a day really isn't that difficult, you certainly don't have to go at > 16mph to do it, and 6000' of climbing in 100 miles isn't a huge amount.

You have plenty of time to prepare. If by the time of the ride you are used to riding 150 miles in a week, or 70 miles in a day, you'll be fine. As for the climbing, obviously the more of your training you can do in hills, the better. But again, don't worry too much about them. 6% gradients are challenging but readily manageable. The trick is to find a gear, and a level of effort, that you can maintain and just keep plugging away. That way, it doesnt matter how long the hill is, because you know you can keep going at your chosen pace. The people who struggle with hills are those who try to take them too fast.
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Old 06-02-12, 05:51 PM
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Thanks guys,

Went and rode 26 today with 900 feet of climbing...took it easy, sort of an endurance pace...will see how that works out on my longer rides.
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