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Old 07-01-13, 12:19 PM
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I have a fairly hilly Century MS ride later this month, followed by a two-day MS 150 two weeks later. I'm fit enough for either ride, but it's been a long time since I've done two rides this long so close together. (I'm 54, and the last time I was 17. I don't recover like i used to.)

I'm looking for ideas and recommendations regarding training and nutrition between the events.

My plan is to take a couple of days completely off after the Century, then do limited weight training and moderate cardio during the first week, and light-to moderate cardio the second week. Pretty much my regular diet except for some carb loading before each event.

Sane? Crazy? Too cautious?

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I'm four years older than you, and I have no problem with back-to-back centuries as long as I'm not trying to break any speed records.

Two weeks is an age. Aside from taking it easy for a couple of days after the first event, and not going too hard for a couple of daysbefore the second one, I wouldn't be doing anything different from usual.
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Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
I'm four years older than you, and I have no problem with back-to-back centuries as long as I'm not trying to break any speed records.

Two weeks is an age. Aside from taking it easy for a couple of days after the first event, and not going too hard for a couple of daysbefore the second one, I wouldn't be doing anything different from usual.
So, you're saying that I'm probably over-thinking it. Yeah, I tend to do that...
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Agree with Kotts. Listen to your body and don't change anything significantly, unless the 1st ride exposes some major issues with equipment, nutrition, hydration,...

Data point/anecdote: Last year I rode 4 centuries (hilly, really hilly, not as hilly, FLAT) at approx 2 week intervals. I was 57 then. I took it easy for a couple of days after each one, then resumed regular riding and didn't obsess on training, just consistent riding (commuting 25 miles r/t several days/week helps) and listening to my body if I needed a day off. A lot of the recovery & prep is mental - on the last climb of #3 , I was thinking I was extremly done with hills (also with getting caught in severe t-storms on the 1st 2!) and ready for the upcoming flat ride.

I ride with a power meter, and looking at data from the 4 rides, I had a decline in performance over the 4 rides, especially on the 3rd one. I felt strongest on the 2nd (the really hilly one), which was also the one I wanted to do really well in. Although actual best power numbers were on #1 . Go figure. I bounced back by #4 , and was able to set a new PR for 100 miles (flat terrain, a tail wind for a key segment, and some pace lines helped a lot). But then I took a lot of October off the bike - I was a bit mentaly burned out.

This year, I have 3 planned (the hilly one, the not as hilly, and the flat one; timing was bad for the really hilly and it sold out really quickly), I may do a 50 miler the local bike shop is sponsoring that is entirely on a rail-trail (easy grades).
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