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Old 06-11-09, 01:10 PM   #1
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LIVESTRONG Century San Jose, Training tips?

I am getting back on the bike after about a two year hiatus. I am 22 decently athletic, a former track and XC runner.

I have been riding for the past two weeks and will continue to ride to get ready for a the LIVESTRONG ride on July 12th. My longest ride the past few weeks has been 55 miles, averaging about 15.5 mph with some moderate climbs. I am riding about 5 days a week, usually logging 175ish miles. I take two days off either back to back after longer rides or at different times throughout the week.

I keep reading that time in the saddle is essential to a century, I am not too worried about speed for this first one, I just want to finish. I am going to try and do a metric century this weekend...

Any training advice is much appreciated or feedback on the course from anyone who has done it last year! I am nervous about the Category 1 climb!
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Old 06-11-09, 05:19 PM   #2
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Metcalf is a nice steep little climb... about 1.7 miles averaging just under 9%. It's steeper than OLH or Kings. It's usually hot there.

If you are not used to that sort of climb, bring low gears.
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I still remember when I did my first century....I think it took me 7 hours worth of riding not including breaks at the meal stops. And boy was I sore afterwards! HOWEVER, it's a fantastic accomplishment and one you won't forget....It's well worth all the effort you put into prep! I've found since then that getting the miles in is most, but not all of the battle. Make sure you eat or drink enough during the ride to keep your energy level and hydration up there. If you can, throw in some protein during the later stages of the ride as well. Something with Peanut Butter or a small Turkey Sandwich or something would do the trick. I'm partial to Hammer Nutrition's line of stuff where you can pretty much get everything you need (link below)....It's so easy. Good luck and ride strong!
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