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Old 09-28-15, 09:31 AM
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1st Century Ride Training Advice

I'm training for a century (100mi) on Oct 25.
The ride as alot of hills in the middle 50.
Our training ride yesterday was 64mi and so far the longest I have ever ridden.
We did a hilly section of the century and they were hard but I got through them fine.

I did the ride in good shape stayed with the faster forward group and was not real tired.

My question is the training ride schedule.
It is as follows:

Oct 4th 75 mile (flat)
Oct 11 No ride because the group is doing an organized ride (metric century) Oct 10 which I cannot attend.
Oct 18 50 mile ride.
Oct 25 The century ride.

The ride leader told me if I can do the 64 with hills and the 75 in good shape I'll have no trouble with the century, but I would like to have more confidence.

I think I need to do a longer ride than 75 but I need your opinion on that.
I have an 84 mile ride mapped out which I can do solo on the 11th.

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Old 09-28-15, 10:31 AM
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If you can do 64mi with some killer hills and feel good afterward, then your ride leader is correct that you will be able to do the century without much of a problem. You'll be pooped afterwards but so is almost everyone who does a century (minus those RAAM athletes, possibly ).

Not that I would take that as a reason NOT to do an 84 mile ride in between. Just make sure your legs are nice and recovered for the 25th and you prep with a good night's sleep and plenty of food and water.
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You are on the right track IMHO. What else are you doing for rides? Any shorter ones?
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You don't need a training ride longer than 75 miles.

look in the long distance forum. There's a sticky thread there full of tips for first-time centurions.
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Old 09-28-15, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
You are on the right track IMHO. What else are you doing for rides? Any shorter ones?
During the week I usually do 3 20 mile rides which I try to do at a faster speed than the distance rides.

I have one day a week I try to do a ride in the 40 mile range.

Alot depends on my schedule but most weeks I can average those 4 rides.
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Old 09-28-15, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DrRobert View Post
During the week I usually do 3 20 mile rides which I try to do at a faster speed than the distance rides.

I have one day a week I try to do a ride in the 40 mile range.

Alot depends on my schedule but most weeks I can average those 4 rides.
Yup, you'll be fine with what you are doing. #chasm54 is correct that you don't need to do any training rides longer than 75 miles however if you want to it will not hurt.
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Old 09-28-15, 04:00 PM
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Agreed, if you're good for 75 you can do 100. I did my first century just one year ago and was told the same, had my doubts but they were right.

Be sure to pace yourself on the century, if you are feeling good at mile 75 you can kick it up a notch. Lift your bum off the saddle from time to time too. Flex your neck, arms or whatever you need to do, important to stay comfortable for the duration. Good luck.
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Old 09-28-15, 04:31 PM
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Work your core! Strong core, strong rider.
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My secret to riding centuries is start easy and and then taper.

But seriously, sounds like you will be fine. just pace yourself, particularly on the first half.

Best of luck on your ride.
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Old 09-29-15, 07:25 AM
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I agree with your ring leader, you're prolly not gonna have any problem. I ride a very hilly route several times a week that's about 45-50 miles, and I know I could knock out a century no problem if I wanted or needed to. And I ride older mtbs w/city tires.

Dont worry you'll get through it just fine.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
If you can do 64mi with some killer hills and feel good afterward, then your ride leader is correct that you will be able to do the century without much of a problem. You'll be pooped afterwards but so is almost everyone who does a century (minus those RAAM athletes, possibly ).

Not that I would take that as a reason NOT to do an 84 mile ride in between. Just make sure your legs are nice and recovered for the 25th and you prep with a good night's sleep and plenty of food and water.
Agreed, sounds like it is more mental for the OP than physical.

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Old 09-29-15, 04:44 PM
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Sounds like you'll be fine. Everyone says to ride a few short, hard rides as well (not the week before the century). I only started listening to that advice this year, and I'm convinced it helps. I used to think distance was the only way to prepare for a century, but short and hard rides are also helpful.

Don't worry about all that. You'll be fine. Eat and drink. Go over to the long distance forum and read the century advice thread (sticky at the top).
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Old 09-30-15, 01:22 AM
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Do an easy ride (15 miles or so) on the 10th (before the 84 miler) , and the day before the century, to stay loose.
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Old 11-03-15, 10:49 AM
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Thanks for all the advice.

Well, the ride didn't go quite as planned for me.
On ride day, I was at the beginning of getting sick from my what my son brought home from school but I guess I didn't know it but I knew I felt a little "off" that morning. The next 3 days proved I was incubating the "crud" because I got pretty sick.

I made it through all the hills, but barely my energy was drained and at mile 80 I made the decision to stop.

I had a already made a couple mental errors. It was an agonizing decision but a couple experienced riders told me I was doing the right thing it was nothing to be ashamed of.

It was still a great experience and now I'm looking for another one to train for!
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Hey, you increased your longest ride so far, and learned some things. Your next attempt is in the bag!
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hey, good job! you'll get there. IME, doing a century is at least as mental as it is physical once the aches and pains really hit, and 20 miles to go seems like it may as well be another 100.
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Originally Posted by DrRobert View Post
I made it through all the hills, but barely my energy was drained and at mile 80 I made the decision to stop.

I had a already made a couple mental errors. It was an agonizing decision but a couple experienced riders told me I was doing the right thing it was nothing to be ashamed of.

It was still a great experience and now I'm looking for another one to train for!

Beaten by a virus? No shame at all. The shame would have been if you didn't start because you weren't sure you could finish! You'll learn from your mistakes, and be better prepared for the next one. Here's more food for thought.
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