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Old 04-24-13, 10:18 PM
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Jump from 40 to 60 miles

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Going to be doing a organized ride in the middle of may with some friends. We all do 25 to 30 mile rides and on occasion will do a 40 . Was talked into doing the 60 mile portion of the ride. Has anyone out there made this big a jump and survived? little nervous not much time.

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Old 04-24-13, 10:31 PM
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If you can ride forty miles comfortably, you should be fine doing a sixty mile event. The miles often fly by when you are riding in a new place with new sights to see and the necessity of keeping track of where you are. You won't notice the pain until the last ten miles, which is the case no matter how far the ride is. If you get tired, just hang out at the rest stops and, well, rest.
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Old 04-24-13, 11:14 PM
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In my experience going from 40 to 60 miles isn't that bad. The break out point seems to be about 75 miles. People doing centuries for the first time often find they hit a wall between 70 and 80 miles. This is a general thing not a fast rule for everyone. The 75 mile wall can be pushed through once you realize that you only have a short warm up ride left before you are home. That at least is how it worked for me and some of the people I know.
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Old 04-25-13, 12:46 AM
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You should be fine. Try to get in some 40+ milers between now and your event. And be sure you are fresh and well-rested when you start.
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Old 04-25-13, 05:57 AM
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Yeah, I did that. I haven't tried a century and figure that might take some training but I jumped from 35-35 to 60 to do my age a couple of times with no problem.
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Old 04-25-13, 06:00 AM
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If the terrain of the 60 mile ride is like the 40 mile ride, I agree with the above and think you're fine. Doing a hilly 60 when training with a flat 40, ummmm...., not-so-fine.
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I tend to agree with those above that you should be fine, the issue of terrain being the exception. How do you feel at the end of the 40 mile rides? Are you completely spent, or do you have a bit of energy left? You know we often talk ourselves into believing we can't do something when it really is possible. What's the worst that could happen?
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Old 04-25-13, 06:17 AM
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I just jumped from 25 to 70 with no issues. Sure I was tired at the end but so what.
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As others have said, and from experience it is doable. Check the terrain though and prepare for that. If it is hilly, find the toughest hills you can on your 40 mile rides. Also, if you are doing 40 mile rides now, try tacking on additional 10-15 miles at the end of your regular ride.
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Old 04-25-13, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
I just jumped from 25 to 70 with no issues. Sure I was tired at the end but so what.
Now come clean.... It isn't really your first time to 70, is it? Hmmm, could this be a bit of sandbagging?
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Old 04-25-13, 08:02 AM
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I am just into my 2nd year of riding I had the same apprehensions when I jumped from doing 10 mile rides to doing my 1st 20. We do 99% of our riding in the mountains started do rides in the valley/flats just to see what it was like. The ride is going to be all flat.We found we had to pace our riding different. It was really easy to to go to fast and burn our self's out with the faster pace.We were Zipping along all smiles saying this is going to be easy at about mile 33 of 40 and things changed made it back fine next time we slowed up things been fine sense then.
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Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
Now come clean.... It isn't really your first time to 70, is it? Hmmm, could this be a bit of sandbagging?
LOL, no, not my first 70 mile ride for sure, but the first 70 miler since last July and longest ride over 25 since last Oct. So it's like starting over, sort of, except I have enough experience to know how much it's going to hurt. I don't have to guess.

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Old 04-25-13, 08:26 AM
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I find it tough to fathom going from 25 to 70 and just being tired. I would think that your butt and feet would feel it as well. Heck, include your back, arms, and neck.
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Old 04-25-13, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
I find it tough to fathom going from 25 to 70 and just being tired. I would think that your butt and feet would feel it as well. Heck, include your back, arms, and neck.
Nah, my butt and feet were fine, my neck had a little soreness but nothing too bad. I guess that's where having ridden for years pays off. A newer rider might have a different outcome. The OP though, if doing 40 miles now, really shouldn't have much issue moving up to 60.
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Old 04-25-13, 08:34 AM
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If you can do 40, you should have no problem with 60 on an organized, supported ride.
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One more thing, on that 70 miler, NealH and I were talking about just how far one could reach beyond current distance and feel ok. On my ride, I felt like the 55 mile point was the distance I became less comfortable, that the remaining 15 or so miles would be hard. So, with just rides no longer than 25 miles since Oct., I was able to comfortably ride about double that distance. I think that's a good estimate. Of course, you might need to temper your effort for the longer distance, stop a couple more times than you might usually. But I feel that doubling one's current max without too much discomfort is attainable if you ride smart.
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Old 04-25-13, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
Now come clean.... It isn't really your first time to 70, is it? Hmmm, could this be a bit of sandbagging?
They're everywhere.

Another vote for no problema.
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just be sure to be able to continue to hydrate and have appropriate snacks to eat. If you keep your muscles fueled the biggest issue will be your sore butt.
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Another no problem vote. Bottom line is that if you can do X comfortably, you can do 2X with reasonable comfort.

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If you are already doing 25, 35, 40, evry day --- don't sell yourself short. You will be fine, as long as you don't try to keep your normal pace.
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Ditto what everyone says. You won't have any problems. However, I'd recommend that you might want to add two more mile so that you can log a full metric-century ride, (62.1 miles = 100 kilometers).
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+1 to don't keep normal pace

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If you are already doing 25, 35, 40, evry day --- don't sell yourself short. You will be fine, as long as you don't try to keep your normal pace.
If you are used to riding 40mi at an average of 16mph, you'll find 60mi at the same speed a bit of an issue but may have no trouble with 60 at 14mph. I went from doing 60/70mi to 130mi with no problem but I cautiously road at a somewhat lower average heart rate and at the end of 130mi could have continued another 20 with no problem. My typical rides are faster and I push harder so I trade off some speed for distance when I look to do long rides. At 60yrs old and being a 220lb clyde I have no choice but to try to adapt my riding to my body .
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Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
In my experience going from 40 to 60 miles isn't that bad. The break out point seems to be about 75 miles. People doing centuries for the first time often find they hit a wall between 70 and 80 miles. This is a general thing not a fast rule for everyone. The 75 mile wall can be pushed through once you realize that you only have a short warm up ride left before you are home. That at least is how it worked for me and some of the people I know.
For me, it's not a bonk type of wall, but 70-75 miles is where things start hurting. Your body has soaked up 75 miles of bumps, bad road, and assorted other things (eg, fighting to maintain direction in strong crosswinds) that get transmitted to you despite how well your bike fits, and despite how compliant the frame, seat post and fork are.

And not matter how fit and flexible you are, at age 60, you're not in your 20s and 30s any more.
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
For me, it's not a bonk type of wall, but 70-75 miles is where things start hurting. Your body has soaked up 75 miles of bumps, bad road, and assorted other things (eg, fighting to maintain direction in strong crosswinds) that get transmitted to you despite how well your bike fits, and despite how compliant the frame, seat post and fork are.

And not matter how fit and flexible you are, at age 60, you're not in your 20s and 30s any more.
Oh, now you tell us.
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