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Old 07-06-14, 08:53 PM
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For those of you into Century rides

For those who do 100+, do you do this peddling all the way? Do you pedal to a known spot at 50 miles away, eat lunch then return? What kind of pace do you keep, and does it fade after about 50? I have only been riding a bit more than a month, and do 20 and 30s on a regular bases, and just did a 52. Held about 18 for the first 25, then about 17 the next 10, and finished at about 15.5. Don't rag on me too much, I am still inside the Doc ordered 6 week recovery from hernia surgery. Hopefully after another week, I will start pushing it. Trying to get a feel for what kind of pace and endurance I will need to join a group ride of 50+ or 100+ rides.
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Old 07-06-14, 08:58 PM
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Sometimes out and back, sometimes a more circular route, sometimes will stop for coffee, other time have lunch. As for pace , I have no idea, but I enjoy the ride.
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Old 07-06-14, 09:18 PM
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So each ride might have a different purpose from recreation to "seeing what you have got in the tank"? I know the local club list their rides as "A" "B" "C" rides and a pace to go along with them, from 15mph to 22mph, I think.
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Old 07-06-14, 09:25 PM
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i generally ride until i feel like stopping... and thats usually because i find a spot to refill my bottles or a spot that just looks pretty
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With the numbers you mention I'd suggest starting out at 15 or so and just holding that. If you can do 17 for 30 miles or so you can do 50 at 16 or so and so on... The longer you ride the slower you average time will be, assuming you try to ride at a good tempo for the distance. Whether you go one one or round trip depends on whether you have a ride one way...and if there is a prevailing wind. I would not want to live on the plains and face a 20mph wind in my face for 80miles.
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Old 07-07-14, 02:14 AM
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There's no right or wrong way to do it. I prefer a loop to an out-and-back, but sometimes the OAB is the only way. I try to keep stopping to a minimum. I'm slow enough without long breaks.

As for pacing, I would suggest starting out on the easy side of things. Just focus on finishing. Once you get a few under your belt, then start pushing the pace. It's amazing what you can do when you have that confidence that you're going to finish no matter what.
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OP, look in the long distance forum. There's a stuck thread there giving tips on riding your first century.
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Old 07-07-14, 02:35 AM
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Old 07-07-14, 03:29 AM
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Hope you feel better quickly from the Hernia surgery. I am thinking Inguinal repair. I had two done not long ago and it hurt. First time I ever took pain killer, Oxycotin. I understand why they are abused. I waited 12 weeks to be sure all the puncture sites healed, I did not want an abdominal hernia to pop up.
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Old 07-07-14, 03:48 AM
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centuries are like kids. every one is different. vive la différence.
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I usually like to do a big loop if leaving from my house. My last century (a few weeks ago) I decided to do after my daughter's swim meet, so that was a one-way ride. I stopped twice to buy more water and grab a diet coke, and ate an energy bar every 25 miles. I never even checked my pace until I stopped at mile 79, and found I had a 21.3 average, which made me keep the pace up as much as possible for the last 22 miles.

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Old 07-07-14, 04:24 AM
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depends on the route. on a nice easy rolling hills i can go about 60+ non stop if i had to but realistically i like to stop. i like looking around if it is a nice view or new area to me. i like a relaxing drink or meal.
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Originally Posted by dave1442397 View Post
I usually like to do a big loop if leaving from my house. My last century (a few weeks ago) I decided to do after my daughter's swim meet, so that was a one-way ride. I stopped twice to buy more water and grab a diet coke, and ate an energy bar every 25 miles. I never even checked my pace until I stopped at mile 79, and found I had a 21.3 average, which made me keep the pace up as much as possible for the last 22 miles.

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Why Diet Coke?
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Old 07-07-14, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by jareed58 View Post
For those who do 100+, do you do this peddling all the way? Do you pedal to a known spot at 50 miles away, eat lunch then return? What kind of pace do you keep, and does it fade after about 50?
Originally Posted by jareed58 View Post
So each ride might have a different purpose from recreation to "seeing what you have got in the tank"? I know the local club list their rides as "A" "B" "C" rides and a pace to go along with them, from 15mph to 22mph, I think.
Yes ... and no.

I've done 165 centuries or longer rides, and each one is different.

Some of them have been accidental ... I've gone out for rides meandering around here and there and all of a sudden realised I've ridden 100 miles.

Most have been on purpose.

Many have been solo. Some of have been with people. Some have been organised group events.

Sometimes I cycle to a place I want to see ... sometimes I just ride because I enjoy being out there ... sometimes it is a series of loops ... sometimes there are lots of stops ... sometimes there aren't very many stops ... sometimes I've been relatively fast ... sometimes I've been incredibly slow ... most times I'm somewhere in between ...

As for fading after 50 miles ... sometimes I do, especially if I'm not very fit ... many times I've been just as strong, or stronger, on the last 50 of a century, especially when I have been fit.

[HR][/HR]

As others have mentioned ...

Start by doing a few of them until you feel comfortable with the distance ... then get creative with them.

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Old 07-07-14, 05:56 AM
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Why Diet Coke?
I just like how it feels - the carbonation cuts the saliva that seems to build up when I eat energy bars, etc. I add electrolytes to my water, so the coke is not what I use for hydration.
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Originally Posted by jareed58 View Post
For those who do 100+, do you do this peddling all the way? Do you pedal to a known spot at 50 miles away, eat lunch then return? What kind of pace do you keep, and does it fade after about 50? I have only been riding a bit more than a month, and do 20 and 30s on a regular bases, and just did a 52. Held about 18 for the first 25, then about 17 the next 10, and finished at about 15.5. Don't rag on me too much, I am still inside the Doc ordered 6 week recovery from hernia surgery. Hopefully after another week, I will start pushing it. Trying to get a feel for what kind of pace and endurance I will need to join a group ride of 50+ or 100+ rides.
All of my centuries have been with a group and most were organized events. Although they aren't races, they are timed events. When riding with a group the miles go by much faster and you can conserve your energy if you begin to struggle later in the ride. Some prefer the solitude and ride at a more relaxed pace, but at that distance I get a bit bored. If it was in very scenic areas for the whole route, that would be a different story.
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Solo loop routes for me.

A couple quick stops to fill bottles, or maybe snap a quick pic of something cool.

I find solos more rewarding than group rides because they are harder, but that isn't everybody's bag. Do your own thing.
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Old 07-07-14, 07:28 AM
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Just go ride with the local club, starting out with the slower group. Tell them you are new to group riding.
Eventually you will find the people you want to ride with.
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All of the above. Different rides for different days, and different riders.
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I just like how it feels - the carbonation cuts the saliva that seems to build up when I eat energy bars, etc. I add electrolytes to my water, so the coke is not what I use for hydration.
I get the Coke part. I love a Sprite on a long, hard ride. I don't get the diet part. Usually when I'm going that route I really need those extra calories.
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It seems like every ride I have done lately has all the climbs at the end. It completely depends on the terrain but doing it with a group is a lot easier than going it alone. Our B group averages about 17 mph in slightly hilly terrain the a group averages 20.
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I start doing centuries (one or two a week...as weather permits) in preparation for randonneuring season.
I used to make a couple of stops along the way and the whole business took 7 to a bit over 8 hours.
This year i stayed in the saddle the whole way going along at the same pace, same routes.
The ride takes 6 to a bit over 7 hours.
Now I know where all the time goes.
It's great practice, too, for there is often greater than 100k distances between controls on the longer brevets.
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I get the Coke part. I love a Sprite on a long, hard ride. I don't get the diet part. Usually when I'm going that route I really need those extra calories.
The diet part is because I can't drink regular soda...way too sweet for me. I did try the Mexican Coke that's made with real cane sugar, and it tastes way better than what they make here in the US. Still, I don't need the extra calories, even on a ride, so diet coke it is.
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I try to do loops and front load the climbing. Long climbs are brutal at the end of a ride.
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