Century Ride Advice

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by rwe2156, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. rwe2156

    rwe2156 New Member

    Jun 23, 2006
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    I'm training for a century (100mi) on Oct 25.
    The ride as alot of hills in the middle 50 which were hard but doable for me.
    It is my first the ride yesterday was 64mi and so far the longest I have ever ridden.
    I did it in good shape and was not real tired.

    My question is the ride schedule.
    It is as follows:

    Oct 4th 75 mile (flat)
    Oct 11 No ride group doing an organized ride (metric century) Oct 10 which I cannot attend.
    Oct 18 50 mile ride.
    Oct 25 Century ride.

    I think I need to do a longer ride than 75 but I need your opinion on that.
    I have an 84 mile ride mapped out which I can do solo on the 11th.

  2. mpre53

    mpre53 Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2013
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    You don't need to do anything longer than your 75 to be ready. In fact, you don't even need to do that one, if you finished 64 yesterday and felt strong. If you're going to do it, do it because you want to, as part of your group, and not because you think you "have" to. ;)
  3. maydog

    maydog Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2010
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    As mpre53 stated, you probably can handle a 100 today with your present fitness.

    My advice would be to do more than the 3 rides before your planned century. It will be hard to maintain or improve upon your fitness riding only once a week. I would be doing more like 4 rides a week, mix in some short rides.
  4. Mr. Beanz

    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2015
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    +1....Also, a huge factor in feeling good on a century is eating something solid at about mile 65 which is my need to eat time. Eat a turkey sandwich or similar, cruise for the next 10 miles or so. Don't be surprised if you can sprint at mile 95!!!!! Eat something, it works!!!!!! B)
  5. sitzmark

    sitzmark Member

    Jan 12, 2010
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    Agree with mpre53 and maydog - if you finished strong at 60+, you're going to make the 100.

    Mentally you might want to think about dividing up the ride into 4 sections - 25miles or so each. That may coincide with the rest stops if it's a supported ride. You know you can comfortably do 25/30, so just ride 4 of those in your mind. Back off your normal 25 mile pace slightly since you're going to do multiples of 25. If you use a heart rate monitor, know your max heart rate and map out where the hills are in the ride. Give yourself some breathing room by keeping your heart rate at 80% or less of maximum before starting a large climb. Maybe 0.5 - 1.0 miles out from where you know a climb will start, back it down slightly, focus on efficient breathing, and shake off any lingering fatigue. When you get to the hill(s) spin it (them) strong and steady. Look for hills in your training area and add them into your training rides for the next two weeks. Develop a rhythm that suits you for climbing - experiment.

    Riding 3x-4x mid week for the next 2.5 weeks will help. If daylight hours are too short, find a trainer and ride inside. "Taper" the week of Oct 18-25. No major strenuous rides - push enough for a cardio workout, but not so much that you feel the need for extended recovery time.

    If you're going to play with food, do it now. Many people don't respond well to changes in food intake when their body is heavily stressed. Weather and how hard you ride can have a significant impact. If you really push in temps warmer than you're accustomed to, then eat significant solids, you may find your stomach doesn't handle that well. Not all Fall days are cool and comfortable. Also be careful with the length of your stops at rest stops (if available) - too long and your muscles will probably start to tighten up. After 15-20 minutes it's basically like starting all over again. If it's a no-stop 100, take stock every 20 miles or so and make sure you're hydrating and taking in some carbs - especially after 50 so you don't run out of gas in the last 10-20 miles. Have a great ride!