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what distance am i ready for?(10 posts)

what distance am i ready for?mlbd
Sep 4, 2001 9:25 AM
my girlfriend and i are signed up for the civil war century this weekend in gettysburg, PA ( ... anybody going??). they offer several choices and i'm undecided between the hilly 74-miler and the relatively flat metric century. help me decide.

i've been mountain biking seriously for two years and just got my first road bike about a month ago (it fits and is comfortable on long rides, so that is not a concern). since getting the roadster, i've done about 120-140 miles per week. i've done several 50+ mile rides, averaging about 17mph and felt good at the end of each of them. i've done a fair amount of climbing on the road in central maryland and a lot climbing on the trails on my ATB. i want to challenge myself this weekend but i don't want to kill myself. i haven't done a ride over 60 miles yet, so i'm a bit nervous about the 74 miler. whadya think?

thanks a lot!
Trollman says do the ride....Trollman
Sep 4, 2001 9:29 AM
If you have done 60 miles, you can do 100 miles.
re: what distance am i ready for?The Great Satcmo
Sep 4, 2001 9:33 AM
I am in exactly the same position as you (except the going this weekend and girlfreind thing). I went to Gettysburg for Memorial Day weekend and it was awesome. I would do the 74, the hills there aren't anything incredibly difficult. Also, if you have a chance, wake up early and do the battlefield. No one's around the sites are great. it's a totally different feeling.
you're more than ready: do the centurySpiritual Haiku
Sep 4, 2001 9:44 AM
when i asked this question of the board back in april of this year, one of the answers i got was in the vein of: "if you know you can do it, there's no challenge, what's the sense in doing it?" this answer made the ride special for me--my may century in chattanooga--and i finished it, though a little slow, successfully. take this mindset and do the full century. i didn't see an elevation total or a profile, but if the biggest climb of five (?) is 1200 feet, put your head down and keep pedaling and there will be no worries! you can do it!!!

you didn't specify what's meant by "long rides", but if you're riding 50 at 17mph, you're (more than) ready for a century. if you've been climbing, and have the right frame of mind (this is really the most important thing--frame of mind), you'll have no problems. remember to eat, drink, don't go beyond your own pace, and be prepared for your butt to hurt a bit between 70 and 100 miles (simply 'cause you're not on the road bike that much yet).

good luck and have fun!!! set your sights high!
If you normally do it in a week, you can do it in a ride>MB1
Sep 4, 2001 10:31 AM
That has always been my thought about long rides. Just slow down a little and you will be fine. Gettysburg is nice it should inspire you to have a good ride.

I'd do it but they probably charge for the ride ;-).
Cheapskate! ;-)Spinchick
Sep 4, 2001 11:00 AM
Relax. Go ride.Humma Hah
Sep 4, 2001 11:28 AM
You're better prepared than I've been before most of my long rides. I'm not recommending lack of training, but it takes surprisingly little to survive a century, mush less a metric century. I'd opt for the longer, hillier ride.

Don't forget to drink like a fish and eat high energy snacks. Hopefully, the SAG stops will have some tasty treats. Don't dally, just grab what you need and ride some more, or your legs will start to set up like cement.
re: what distance am i ready for?JL
Sep 4, 2001 1:31 PM
I'm jealous. I wanted to do that ride, but don't have the time.

You should be ready for the century. If you felt good after the 50+ rides, you should be fine for 100 and definitely the 74. Besides, the allure of this ride is all the battlefields. The hills are all in the front according to the brochure (I think). Once your past that it's downhill/flat for the rest.

The question I have for you is what's your girlfriend's feeling? Is she letting you do your thing, or are you sticking together? That should probably the final point to consider. You should definitely be ready for whatever ride you choose.

Happy riding.

what gearing do you have?cyclopathic
Sep 4, 2001 2:07 PM
I've done at least 10 training centuries in that area, and that 7mi climb they talking about is nothing. It never gets steep, so if you have 27 (or 25) in the back or triples you should be able to sit and spin at 80-90RPM, singing songs and talking to your buddies.

Mileage shouldn't be your concern, somebody who had done 3-4hr rides is in shape to ride century. Taking that you have MTB background I'd more worry about gearing, on road bike if it gets too steep you have to stand up, sometimes for 20min or more.

you'd be just fine and if you bonk slow down and get some food good luck
re: what distance am i ready for?cycleguy
Sep 4, 2001 7:33 PM
I think you think to much. Listen to your body as you ride and just ride. If you can do 50 you can do 74 easy if you just ride within yourself. Eat, drink, and be merry. And enjoy yourself. Should be no problem.