300km in Sweden - HELP!

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by cjwynne, May 12, 2011.

  1. cjwynne

    cjwynne New Member

    May 12, 2011
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    Hi guys

    I was pretty much a beginner 3 months back when I bought my first road bike - a Specialized Allez. The reason for this was that I am taking part in an event to raise money for a charity that treated my friend before he died of cancer a little over a year back.

    The event I am soon to be taking part in is VatternRundan in Sweden. 300 kms around a lake in Sweden. This is in one month (End of June)

    I have probably cycled around 250 miles so far and am feeling a lot fitter (I have also been training for a half marathon so my cardiovascular is of a decent standard). The questions I have though, are based around what is it I need to do between now and then. I need tips and quick because I am cycling on average 3 times a week (varying it between shorter hilly courses and flatter long ones) and I am not sure if what I am doing is correct.

    I am not going for a great time around the lake - I just want to COMPLETE IT, but due to my competitive nature I do want to finish strong and so I know these next 4 weeks are going to be very important.

    I eat well, and have done strength training on the legs and core since december so the power is there. I guess the only thing Im hoping doesn't give up on me is my ass!! Im pretty happy with my saddle and my ride, its just I havent done anything anywhere near 300kms yet. I was thinking of doing a 150km ride at one stage beforehand - i take it this is a good idea?

    So if anyone has any tips i.e. what food to eat before, during etc, fluids, training tips, ANYTHING - then that would be great.


    Christian, North Wales, UK

  2. 64Paramount

    64Paramount Active Member

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Welcome aboard, Christian!

    I would try to increase your training mileage as much as you can prior to the event if you want to finish strongly.

    I don't know how long your typical rides are presently, if I understood you correctly you've ridden a total of 250 miles since you purchased your bike 3 months ago. Adding too much mileage too quickly can be harmful to joints, ligaments, and tendons, so you do need to be careful.

    300k is a long ride......good luck!