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Is it possible to do a double century?(8 posts)

Is it possible to do a double century?fire737
Aug 3, 2001 7:16 PM
Do you think that a person could do a double century in 6 weeks worth of training time? The farthest I have ridden this year is 70 miles. There is a double century comeing up in 6 weeks and I think it would be fun to try. What kind of miles would a person need to to to be able to be prepared or am I to late to even think about it? Thanks in advance.
I would try a full Century first,althoughSTEELYeyed
Aug 3, 2001 7:52 PM
you might be able to do it if the terrain was flat and you paced yourself out well,even then you will suffer,just my opinion,others may differ.
I would try a full Century first,althoughfire737
Aug 3, 2001 7:56 PM
I have done centuries many times before. I have just been to busy this year. Never have done over about 140 miles though. That is the farthest I have ever ridden. I know a century would not be a problem for me. A Double well that could be a whole other story.
Anything is possible!MrCelloBoy
Aug 4, 2001 7:49 AM
If I were in your shoes I'd do the training and plan to max out at a ride of maybe 130 miles a couple of weeks before the double.
If you feel capable, go for it!
re: Is it possible to do a double century?badabill
Aug 4, 2001 2:21 PM
Depends on the course and your century time. If you cant complete a century in 5-6 hours a double is a bit much now. With a double you have the added stress of being in the saddle for 10-12 hours or more. Its something to work towards, but dont push it if your not ready.
Go for itspookyload
Aug 4, 2001 4:04 PM
A double century is a career feet for most non-racers, but it is not impossible. If you have 6 weeks to get ready, you can still do it. Start by riding your bike 5 times a week, with 2 of the rides being of the 50 miles or more variety. The test in a "DC" is your butt durability, and your desire to finish. I did my first one when I was 15 on a bike that was 5 centimeters too big. I finished in 16.7 hours, but I finished. It was the biggest thing I had done in my life. Be realistic. If you think you might need a light to finish... take one. Don't let darkness be your crutch, because after 13 hours it is easy to start finding them. The next time I did the same double century was three years later after racing as a junior for three years. I finished in 11 hours with the first main group, and it wasn't even as gratifying as the one three years earlier. The more you suffer, the more you will appreciate your accomplishment. By the way, I had never done a full century prior to my first DC. My longest ride had been 60 miles. Now quit reading my disertation and go do the riding you need to make your goal.
Go for itfire737
Aug 4, 2001 7:58 PM
Thanks for all of the advice. I think I will train for it and see what happens.
Depends...grzy mnky
Aug 4, 2001 8:43 PM
Depends upon the course, your conditioning and how you play it. If everything went right you could probably pull it off. However riding 70 mi. is not anything like riding 100 mi. and 100 mi. isn't anything even close to 200 mi. I'm not talking about the obvious distances involved, but rather the ups and downs that you go through and the savy required to hold back and keep your energy in reserve. At some point you're going to ride 100 or 200 miles for the first time so there's going to be that venture into uncharted territory for the first time. Sometimes we learn more from our failures than our successes. I'd say you should give it a shot, but try and use your head the whole time. The worst that can happen is you get sagged home (actually the worst is crashing, but I don't want to bring that up) and nobody is shooting at you. If you don't do it you'll always wonder. If you do attempt it you'll find out.

Just remember, 100 miles is roughly 40% more than what you've done, so it's reasonable (from the rule of thumb 2x training perspective), but 200 mi. is almost 300% of what you've done and reasonable people would say that's too much. However, my first double was the Terrible Two, which everyone says shouldn't even be considered as your first and my longest ride had been 150 mi. Anything is possible.

Just don't plan any heavy work commitments for the beginnning of the week - you'll be dragging for sure.