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Metric Century Attempt Dec 2nd

Old 10-23-07, 07:51 AM
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Metric Century Attempt Dec 2nd

South Florida event for Kids in Distress, I am considering doing the metric century. Realistic or not? Stats: been road biking since August, averaging 2x per week, 20-mile averages. Keeping in mind a wife and 3-year old.. I'm lucky getting 2 in each week. I really want to attempt this. Need some training advice considering there are only 41-days until the ride, 5 possible Saturday or Sunday rides and one and hopefully another during the week. Am I fooling myself regarding the timeframe? How about diet between now and then. And of course the ever popular response I'm looking forward to reading: ride more!! Any direction is appreciated.
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If you can comfortably ride 20 miles now, doing a Metric is definitely realistic.

Try to do one long ride a week, gradually increasing your mileage, i.e. 25 miles this weekend, 30 next etc.

Also, try to get up to at least 3 rides a week, preferably 4.



Your weekday ride, or rides, they can be shorter. (even 45 minutes to an hour will help). Add some intensity to the shorter rides, such as doing some intervals. (1 minute very hard, 5 minutes easy, repeat 5-10 times, is a basic interval set.)

Last week before the event, taper a bit so your fresh, and enjoy your metric.
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Thank you for the advice
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I'm no expert, but I think you should have no problem walking out your door today and doing a metric. Key: take the time to figure out how much food and sport drink you will need to continually take in 300+ calories every hour of the ride, buy the food and eat it while riding on your training rides so you know what your stomach will tolerate while riding.
Have a good time!
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I wrote a long response but the server said too busy and I lost it...

Summary...

Yes, you can do it...

Increase distance weekly to get used being in the saddle for hours...

Hydrate and eat properly...

Enjoy...

P.S. Any big climbs on the route...
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Originally Posted by botto
you could do a 100 kilometers now if you wanted to.
In FL that's 62 miles you Flanders Pinko.
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To train for the MS150 ride out here on my limited time schedule (I have a wife and kids too!) I did the following:

I could only ride once a week so, with the support of my wife, I did my rides on Sundays and jumped on the trainer twice a week following either the 1 hour CTS Time Trial vid or 30 mins using the Spinervals dvd with the 3 different 30 min training videos, forgot the name of the vid.

On the days I didn't ride or jump on the trainer I did lots of core strengthening exercises or lift weights for an hour.

On my rides I'd vary them from short 25 mile rides to 50 mile rides. But like others build on your base 20 mile rides now and increase them each week. For example, I did a 45 mile easy ride one week, a 35 mile one with lots of climbing the next and a 50 mile one with lots of rolling hills after that. So if I can do that type of limited training with only one actual day on the road and no more than 2 hours on the trainer a week for a 150 mile 2-day event with 7500 ft of climbing, then you can do a metric century with your limited ride schedule.

In fact, I think you probably have an advantage with being able to ride 2 times a week and not having to climb friggin' mountains like in California! hehe! Just vary your training intensity and have fun.

And while on the ride go at your own pace and eat and keep hydrated. If the mileage starts to intimidate you cut up the ride in increments, ride from rest stop to rest stop. Just think of the ride as five to six 10 or 12 mile rides riding from rest stop to rest stop. If you can do a 20 mile ride with no problem, than a 10-12 mile ride from rest stop to the next should be cake!

For me, after training a lot, riding long distances becomes more mental than physical. And it's these little tricks that make the mental part do-able!

Good luck!!

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Originally Posted by patentcad
In FL that's 62 miles you Flanders Pinko.
Yea botto, that's 62 miles in FL. Not sure what that equates to in exile...

To all, thanks for the great tips. Truthfully I am psyched - shoulder, neck and ball pain aside.

And to Mr. Hammertoe, the only climbing in S. Fla is crossing bridges over the intracoastal waterway, in this case 2.

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The only thing you might have to worry about would be hills - but I see you live in Florida. Hold back for the first 2/3'rds - finish strong.
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Originally Posted by botto
from what i hear FLA is flat, therefor it's the same. you can do it now. the only difference is that some extra training will leave you less fatigued.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. Are there hills in exile?
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It just depends on if you want to finish it or race it. If you want to finish then you should have no problem. My wife doesn't ride much at all (or do much exercise of any kind) and finished her first full century this month. I got her a road bike in mid-September (her first road bike) and she took it out maybe 3 or 4 times with a total of no more than 50 miles and she completed a full century with me on October 6th easily. She wasn't even sore the next day. The ride was flat, we stopped at each SAG stop for 15-20 minutes and ended up showing an average speed of 15.5 with a saddle time of 6:20 something. We certainly weren't going fast but she was going strong the whole time. She was drafting me but I really don't think she needed to in order to finish.

You can do it man!
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe

P.S. Any big climbs on the route...
In S. Florida ? I doubt it.
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You'll be fine. Seriously, you could roll out of bed and do it tomorrow. But still, follow the advice above and it will be a more pleasant experience! There is a difference between being able to do it, and doing it relative comfort and style.
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If it makes you feel any better I'm attempting the Homestead Speedway Ride as a metric century and really only training for a week. Lets see what happens.
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Go for it! Remember to eat and hydrate like they said. I expect a report after you've completed it.
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yea, do it, ull be more pumped with each record mile that passes, you wont even think about how bad it hurts. Go for it !
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I think you can definitely do it. Remember to vary your hands position and stand on the pedals every now and then.
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Go for it! Remember to eat and hydrate like they said. I expect a report after you've completed it.
Thanks and believe me, you will all get the skinny. What can I say, I'm into abuse.
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Originally Posted by botto
incorrect.

it's 62.137119 miles.
If you make it past 60 miles in FL without being flattened by a Senior Citizen it's a Velo Miracle. If by some further Act of Providence you should subsequently make it to the 62.137119 mile mark, a trip to the Dura Achee Chapel to give thanks is in order.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
If you make it past 60 miles in FL without being flattened by a Senior Citizen it's a Velo Miracle. If by some further Act of Providence you should subsequently make it to the 62.137119 mile mark, a trip to the Dura Achee Chapel to give thanks is in order.
Mr. Pcad,
The great JC first, then the Dura Achee Chapel for sure.

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Mr. Pcad,
The great JC first, then the Dura Achee Chapel for sure.

Regards,
1) Please don't blaspheme the Order of Dura Achee with any serious religous references ever again.

2) Please call me Pcad. Mr. Pcad is my father.
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Originally Posted by stuartjeff
It just depends on if you want to finish it or race it. If you want to finish then you should have no problem. My wife doesn't ride much at all (or do much exercise of any kind) and finished her first full century this month. I got her a road bike in mid-September (her first road bike) and she took it out maybe 3 or 4 times with a total of no more than 50 miles and she completed a full century with me on October 6th easily. She wasn't even sore the next day. The ride was flat, we stopped at each SAG stop for 15-20 minutes and ended up showing an average speed of 15.5 with a saddle time of 6:20 something. We certainly weren't going fast but she was going strong the whole time. She was drafting me but I really don't think she needed to in order to finish.

You can do it man!
That's impressive, good for her, I'd be interested to see what kind of rider she could become if she got more into it, probably a darn good one.
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I agree. Her off the couch endurance always shocks me. I'd love to see what would happen if she actually trained for something. Problem is just that she has zero motivation to push and thinks all that training is just silly. We'll see - she's been talking lately about signing up for a triathlon. I'd be really excited about that. Funny thing is that the first distance that sounds intimidating to her is a half ironman. I'll be doing my first half next summer and she's threatening to do it with me. Now that would be awesome.
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You'll be fine.

Just remember: eat before you get hungry, drink before you get thirsty.
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