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8 Days to my second Century, what should I do?

Old 09-19-14, 11:30 AM
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8 Days to my second Century, what should I do?

I plan on hitting it hard with climbing and @ 60 miles on Saturday morning. Sunday I have a work function. What should the next week look like as far as final preparation? The last Century I did was in 2010. Health issues sidelined me for a while. My averages are back up to 14 - 15 mph on rides. 60 y.o., 6'3" and 220.

I would like to hear from the seasoned crew please.
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NO Riding Three days before the 100...Old bodies need rest.

Get a Good Nights Sleep.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
NO Riding Three days before the 100...Old bodies need rest.

Get a Good Nights Sleep.
+1 on the tapering. I ride a lot better on weekends if I take Friday off.

If finishing the century is a challenge for you, perhaps 2 or 3 days of taper are in order.
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Completed 5 Century's here...Believe me 3 complete Rest Days Work.

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Me, I'd have a decent, long ride like maybe a 60mi and then throttle back to something short and casual 5 days out. That worked well for my first and only.
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Get whatever hard effort you think you need out of your system in the next few days and then ride a little or none until the century. I would be giving more thought to eating and hydrating than riding during the last several days before the ride.
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Thanks for the guidance. Eating is another concern I have. What do you prefer to eat the day before and then the morning of the ride? I am pretty much off the bike from here on out. Maybe just ride to the bank and post office.
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As I'm sure others will point out, changing what you eat the day before a big ride is not advisable. Eat normally, pace yourself and have a good time.
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I don't stop riding entirely a few days before. I do +/- one hour rides at very low intensity. Recovery-type rides. No tough climbs.

Eating? Nothing special. I have my regular breakfast the morning of the ride, and eat a little bit at every rest stop if it's an organized ride. I do make sure I move my bowels before the ride, and coffee helps with this.

I'm 61, by the way. Rest is important, that's for sure, but I seem to do better with what I call "active rest", ie, relatively short, low intensity rides, than total inactivity in the 2-3 days leading up to a century.

YMMV.
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Crux of the matter: You're already as fit as you're going to be for the century. Between now and then it's just a mater of maintaining that fitness. Maybe a 50-75 mile ride a week before to be sure you and the bike are ready, but then easy rides or no rides the 2-5 days before the century.

Personally, I like to eat a few extra carbs for dinner the night before a big ride or race - I'm normally low carb, so that means a side of rice, pasta, or potatoes - nothing over the top. The day of the ride, I eat my normal breakfast of yogurt and coffee and throw in an extra piece of fruit or granola bar for good measure. During the ride, I use a bottle mix (I sweat a lot - 1 bottle per hour), eat a gel every 45 minutes or so, and take advantage of cookies and fruit at rest stops. After the race, a chocolate milk or yogurt for quick recovery and then a structured meal of wings and beer/steak and beer/BBQ and beer or similar training fuel for supper.
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Is this 3 days before the day of the century ride or 3 days including the day of the ride?
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Assuming the century is on Saturday, I would take easy rides on Wednesday and Thursday, and take Friday off.
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All good advice above; sounds like you're ready for your 2nd century. Plus, with your experience from the first century this one should be a lot easier.

As long as you don't push yourself to go uncomfortably fast you'll be fine. Remember, you are not Jens Voigt, so if your legs complain, don't just yell "Shut Up Legs" and keep hammering. Listen to your legs, listen to your body and you'll be fine.


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Originally Posted by rick@ocrr
all good advice above; sounds like you're ready for your 2nd century. Plus, with your experience from the first century this one should be a lot easier.

As long as you don't push yourself to go uncomfortably fast you'll be fine. Remember, you are not jens voigt, so if your legs complain, don't just yell "shut up legs" and keep hammering. Listen to your legs, listen to your body and you'll be fine.


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