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Should starting long distance riding be always THAT hard?

Old 06-12-22, 06:16 AM
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Since the start of this thread, I have struggled to remember or understand why my first 200k was not hard. I was recently reading some articles from coaches and exercise scientists who basically said it takes many, many years to develop the aerobic engine for long endurance stuff. Then, it occurred to me that I toured with heavy luggage for many, many years before I took up randonneuring. I would like to encourage OP but at the same time.....he is asking a lot from himself.
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Old 06-12-22, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
My first 200K brevet wasn't that difficult, although it was a bit challenging because I'd seriously damaged my left rotator cuff and had to ride my knobby tired mountain bike because I could sit more upright and not put much weight on my left arm.

I actually found the 300K easier because the shoulder had healed and I could ride a road bicycle.
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Since the start of this thread, I have struggled to remember or understand why my first 200k was not hard. I was recently reading some articles from coaches and exercise scientists who basically said it takes many, many years to develop the aerobic engine for long endurance stuff. Then, it occurred to me that I toured with heavy luggage for many, many years before I took up randonneuring. I would like to encourage OP but at the same time.....he is asking a lot from himself.
I had been cycling for years before I rode my first 200 km ride. I had also ridden several centuries (100 mile rides) and longer, just recreationally. When I did my first 200 km brevet, it was already just a 200 km distance. Nothing new. The 300K was new but with all the cycling I had done, it wasn't difficult.
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Old 06-18-22, 07:50 PM
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The longer the distance the harder it is, for me, due to the constantly degrading society/environment. Places I've once been that had decent riding surfaces have only went downhill since. If I want to go half the typical speed to prevent flats/damage, I could chance it. That isn't for me.

I do find ways to go for those 100+ miler rides while keeping the speeds up & heart rate in check, but it isn't as enjoyable. I personally don't feel like I'm down of power, just mentally fatigued from dealing with things in general.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
well, this topic is relevant to me right now. Albeit not the 5W/kg part. I like some affirmation that others find it difficult.
So a 100 kg rider should somehow be capable of 500 watts? Wow!
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Old 07-30-22, 04:41 AM
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Probably not many randonneurs out there who make 5 watts/kg......for more than a minute or two.

I did a sub 13 hour hilly 300k recently on 1.44 w/kg.
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