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Old 10-29-08, 01:06 AM
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Damn it...setbacks.

So I'm currently in training for what will be my first (near) century, in 10 January. You know what I just found out? The distance I do along my standard training course was sadly overestimated by my step-dad who thought the distance was about 10 miles. It's only 7.45 or thereabouts (don't worry, I do the course more than once ), and since I started training about a month ago I haven't really improved, so that means I'm doing a lot worse than I thought I was. I thought I was doing about 13-15 mph. I'm only doing 9.95... I'll get a roadbike this weekend which should give me a bit of a speedboost, but not all that much.

Also, I'm just wondering about my heart. I don't have a heart-rate monitor cause I've got no money, but sometimes during and after my rides my heart kinda give little dull aches that last for just a milisecond or so. Is this normal? I mean, I'm not usually the exercising type, but I didn't think that I was so unfit that my heart would act weird. I mean, I'm only 17 years old and I only weigh about 145 pounds...

Oh, and by the way, I can't really feel my heart-rate increasing out of the ordinary as I'm riding.

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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
So I'm currently in training for what will be my first (near) century, in 10 January. You know what I just found out? The distance I do along my standard training course was sadly overestimated by my step-dad who thought the distance was about 10 miles. It's only 7.45 or thereabouts (don't worry, I do the course more than once ), and since I started training about a month ago I haven't really improved, so that means I'm doing a lot worse than I thought I was. I thought I was doing about 13-15 mph. I'm only doing 9.95... I'll get a roadbike this weekend which should give me a bit of a speedboost, but not all that much.

Also, I'm just wondering about my heart. I don't have a heart-rate monitor cause I've got no money, but sometimes during and after my rides my heart kinda give little dull aches that last for just a milisecond or so. Is this normal? I mean, I'm not usually the exercising type, but I didn't think that I was so unfit that my heart would act weird. I mean, I'm only 17 years old and I only weigh about 145 pounds...

Oh, and by the way, I can't really feel my heart-rate increasing out of the ordinary as I'm riding.

If you can't feel your HR increasing while riding, you aren't riding very hard.

At your age, I wouldn't worry about your heart health. Caveat: I'm not a doctor. Well, I am a doctor, but not that type.

If you want to keep track of your distance, get a cheap cycle computer. When you get a new bike, you can move the computer over.
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What are you riding now, and what is the terrain like? I normally encourage people to jump into a century, but you need to able to ride comfortably much faster than 10mph -- and you will need to try distances much further than 10 miles. Even assuming your road bike gives you a 20% increase in speed, you still need to speed up.

Think of it this way. 100 miles at your current speed would take over 10 hrs. However, on long rides you have to stop and eat (plus you get tired) so your average speed will drop noticeably. Even 10 hrs in the saddle is longer than most people who are not used to it can handle.

How are you checking your heart rate now? Simply riding your course and checking your pulse should do.
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i am wondering how you calculated the actual distance of your course?

bike computers can be had very very inexpensively, and i would consider one a must for century training. For less than 20 bucks you will get an accurate distance, speed and average speed.

i dont know how many laps you make either, but for someone your age, you should be able to go faster than 10 mph easily.

if you are genuinly concerned about your heart health, get checked out by a doctor, otherwise, dont let that slow you down. you absolutely SHOULD have an increased heart rate as you ride, get on that bike and go man!
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Calculate your route distance: www.bikely.com

Calculate your heart-rate: https://www.acefitness.org/fitnessqan...spx?itemid=323

Century training plan: https://www.machka.net/century.htm

(or search "century training" here: https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php? )
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First if you are in any way concerned with your health it would be best to see a doctor for a basic physical.
You do not need a heart rate monitor to check your heart rate. Just place your first two fingers to your jugular while riding and count the beats while looking at a watch for 10 seconds. Multiply the heart beats you counted by 6 and voila your heart rate per minute. You can easily do this while riding with one hand on the bars. Just be careful and aware of your environment.

You need to find a longer route than a 7+ mile loop. Yipes that will get old fast.
You don't say how many loops you do at one time. You don't say how often you ride. You give your age and weight but not height. It does matter.

If you are not on a road bike a century is a brute. I did my first century on a Specialized Rockhopper. Nice bike for off roading but was unpleasant for the century. One basic position, can't change hand/arm positions, poor rolling resistance...ugh.

Best advice is to ride, ride, ride. Next best advice is to hook up with a local riding club and go along on a few rides. You will learn and lot and make friends. Riding a century alone is not all that much fun either.

Good luck and keep us informed.
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Well I do feel my heartrate increasing, but not at an absolutely alarming rate is maybe what I should have said. Also, the century is the distance but I would've been doing it as part of a ride with many other people. It's an annual event in my area.

TBH I've basically lost interest in the idea. I'm getting a roadbike on Saturday, and that's good. Maybe I'll just think of it as a new bike and leave it at that. I mean, this may sound weak and everything, but I don't think I'll be able to physically handle a century in just about 2 months and 10 days, plus I'll be rather busy over the next two months with other stuff like leaving school, doing school exams, finding a job and stuff, so I don't really think I'm gonna do it now.

I won't regret not doing it either, because I think the whole idea was just a phase I was going through. After the Olympics I was right "yeah, sport!", and cycling ended up being my first choice. I was more in love with the idea of being good at sport than cycling itself really.

I'm a talented musician, which I love doing. I think that's the hobby in my life I'd much rather concentrate on.
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10-29-08 1:06 a.m.

>So I'm currently in training for what will be my first (near) century, in 10 January.<

10-29-08 9:20 p.m.

>TBH I've basically lost interest in the idea<

WTF took you so long to come to your senses?
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Originally Posted by icyclist
WTF took you so long to come to your senses?
That's not to say that I didn't have doubts already, just that I was continuing training.
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Well I do feel my heartrate increasing, but not at an absolutely alarming rate is maybe what I should have said. Also, the century is the distance but I would've been doing it as part of a ride with many other people. It's an annual event in my area.

TBH I've basically lost interest in the idea. I'm getting a roadbike on Saturday, and that's good. Maybe I'll just think of it as a new bike and leave it at that. I mean, this may sound weak and everything, but I don't think I'll be able to physically handle a century in just about 2 months and 10 days, plus I'll be rather busy over the next two months with other stuff like leaving school, doing school exams, finding a job and stuff, so I don't really think I'm gonna do it now.

I won't regret not doing it either, because I think the whole idea was just a phase I was going through. After the Olympics I was right "yeah, sport!", and cycling ended up being my first choice. I was more in love with the idea of being good at sport than cycling itself really.

I'm a talented musician, which I love doing. I think that's the hobby in my life I'd much rather concentrate on.
Well, then, thanks for wasting everyone's time with your irrelevant question.
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Don't give up on this so easily. If it is easy to quit now, it will be easy for the rest of your life!

Now, get serious, and follow this thru, then make up your mind about continuing.

Two months is plenty of time to get in good enuf shape to do a century. Start at your 10 miles now, and be at 15 by the end of the week.

Always give yuorself a day off of training, maybe aking a short, easy ride on your off day.

Then, make sure you add 10 miles every week to your training ride. Constantly push yourself to improve your speed during every ride.

By week 8 - you'll be ready.

Once you complete your goal, only then, you can decide what you want to do.

Now - get out there and just finish it!
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If you can get up to riding 60ish miles, then with some smart riding and good choice of food and such, you can do 100 without too much trouble.

I've ridden a metric century as my longest ride, mostly because I don't race anywhere near that long, and I don't have the time to do any rides longer than that during the academic year.
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Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
10-29-08 1:06 a.m.

>So I'm currently in training for what will be my first (near) century, in 10 January.<

10-29-08 9:20 p.m.

>TBH I've basically lost interest in the idea<

WTF took you so long to come to your senses?
You beat me to it. Once I got to this part it all just started to sound ridiculous.

To the OP: HTFU. I did my first century not very long after I started commuting. I was slow as hell, but it was an inspiring experience and I drew many valuable lessons from it.
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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
So I'm currently in training for what will be my first (near) century, in 10 January. You know what I just found out? The distance I do along my standard training course was sadly overestimated by my step-dad who thought the distance was about 10 miles. It's only 7.45 or thereabouts (don't worry, I do the course more than once ), and since I started training about a month ago I haven't really improved, so that means I'm doing a lot worse than I thought I was. I thought I was doing about 13-15 mph. I'm only doing 9.95... I'll get a roadbike this weekend which should give me a bit of a speedboost, but not all that much.

Also, I'm just wondering about my heart. I don't have a heart-rate monitor cause I've got no money, but sometimes during and after my rides my heart kinda give little dull aches that last for just a milisecond or so. Is this normal? I mean, I'm not usually the exercising type, but I didn't think that I was so unfit that my heart would act weird. I mean, I'm only 17 years old and I only weigh about 145 pounds...

Oh, and by the way, I can't really feel my heart-rate increasing out of the ordinary as I'm riding.
When I recently set the hour record of 35.6 mph average speed my heart rate didn't go much over 90 bpm or so. This was averaging almost 800 watts. Not everybody will have a fast heartrate when riding a bicycle. My biggest concern is nodding off into a brief sleep and why I like to ride in the rain.
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If I were 17 again or weighed 145 lbs, a century would be a cakewalk. As it is, I'm 44, a bit over 200 lbs, and have not lived a life conducive to exercise.

That said, in less than 3 months I've gotten to the point where 60+ mile rides are common and most include a mountain pass crossing. One of these days I'll get a wild hair and ride out 50 and back in 50 to say I've done a century.

At least keep pushing to see how far you can go.
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