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HELP ON 80 MILE RIDE(8 posts)

Aug 20, 2001 1:53 PM
I am planning to join an 80 miles ride with a club. I am afraid of the terrein. Up to now I done 40 miles with 2200 ft elevation. the biggest hill is goes from 500 to 1100 ft on elevation in 2.5 miles straight no rest during the 40 miles. the 80 mile course has 4470 ft in evevation and the biggest hill goes from 500 to 1800 in 10 miles and there will 3 rest stops alone the 80 miles. I am not sure I am up to that, even though it takes 10 miles to the top so is less steep I assume. Any thoughts please,,
re: HELP ON 80 MILE RIDEbladecycling
Aug 20, 2001 2:07 PM
Your 80 mile ride should go just fine. If this is an organized club ride then i'm sure you'll be able to spend some time drafting outher rider's. This will help you save energy, and also make the ride go by faster than a solo ride. Use the rest stop's the refill water bottles and grab a quick snack to eat. Try not to spend to much time at the stop's, 5 to 10 min. max. Be sure to carb-up, and drink plenty of fluid's the day before. Go out and have a great ride.
I concur...MrCelloBoy
Aug 20, 2001 2:49 PM
Let go of your fears master Bear...fear is the mind killer! Instead consider it excitement. Nervous and excited are actually the same physiological theme!
Drink before you're thirsty and eat before you're hungry. Bring a Gu or two in case you get halfway up a climb and run out of steam. And go YOUR OWN PACE as much as possible. Don't blow yourself up trying to hold a wheel at too fast a pace.
re: HELP ON 80 MILE RIDELone Gunman
Aug 20, 2001 3:45 PM
Hopefully the pace you keep is with the other riders. Sometimes riding long distances solo plays it's mind games on you and the ride feels a lot tougher than it really is. Eat early, drink the sport drink early in the ride, and if you have time to train before this ride work yourself up to 60 miles. It has been said if you can do 60, you can do 100, but until you know what 60 feels like you have that nagging doubt if you can do it. Try 40,50, 60 over a 3 week period. I don't doubt you can do it now, but it becomes mind over matter. Those three rides will boost your confidence level to complete.
thanks and....bear
Aug 20, 2001 6:13 PM
I figure the exitment would give me the boost I need to make it....So I shoulnt worry about the 10 mile climb?
1300 ft in the 10 miles?
Just always remember one things when you climb...Mabero
Aug 21, 2001 5:52 AM
They are hurting too.

Don't worry about the climb. Like anything 20 miles to a non cyclist seems like a lot then you get on a bike and realize you can do twenty and then you start thinking 40 is a lot. Then you start doing 40 milers and then you think 60 is a lot and so forth...but either way there will always be a time that you have never tried doing a 60 miler and you just got to do it. You know what I mean? So as for the climb remember the fact that after this climb you will wonder is a 10 mile climb with 2000 ft. elevation too much?

Have fun, I have never done a century that has been organized so it should be a blast!
Remember to start easy.MB1
Aug 21, 2001 6:00 AM
Use the first part of the ride as an easy warmup, cruise the middle of the ride and save something for the end. It wouldn't be a bad idea to hook up with an older/more experienced rider who looks steady and isn't racing off from the start and just tag along for most of the ride. It is always nice to finish strong and think about how you could have gone a little faster rather than suffer to the end and wish it didn't hurt so bad.

We'll have fun, fun, fun now that daddy has taken her t-bird away. (Bet you didn't know that was a cycling song.)
Remember to start easy.bear
Aug 21, 2001 5:55 PM