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okay, guys...back for more advice. 1st dbl metric this wknd.(7 posts)

okay, guys...back for more advice. 1st dbl metric this wknd.Spiritual Haiku
Sep 5, 2001 6:43 AM
ya did good with the first round of advice in april. at that time, i'd never done a century, had 1000 miles in for the year, and had a crazy itch that could only be scratched with the 3 state/3 mountain century in chattanooga. it worked.

this weekend i'll be riding a 124 in birmingham, ~4400 feet total elevation gain, 50% chance of rain, 65/85 high/low. i've never laid eyes on these roads. taking a triple with 13/25 on the back; it worked in chattanooga (mostly).

since the century in may, i've put in another 2200 miles and kept my weekly mileage between 100 and 150 miles, time allowing, with 60 minute gently rolling after-work training rides 2-4 nights during the week, a 50-80 miler on saturdays and a 25-50 miler on sundays, again, time allowing. average speed has increased and i'm crusing along at 17-19 on flats/gentle inclines with my mouth closed and breathing normal (not heavy)--it's a poor man's heart rate monitor.

september finds me riding the double metric on saturday, recovering for two weeks, riding our ms-150 on the weekend of the 22nd, then another double metric at home on the 29th. if i'm still married at the end of september, this will conclude my event calendar for the year, and i'll get the trainer and weight bench earled-up for the long winter.

keeping in mind that i read here daily, do my homework, am presently comfortable on the bike for 2-6 hours at a time, like rain rides enough, have nine months of group riding under my belt, can handle the basic mechanics, understand hydration and fueling on and off the bike, and am in fair shape and aware of the suffering possible if i over-pace these rides, what advice have you on rides longer than 100 miles, and/or for the 150 spanning 2 days, and/or for three big rides in a row in one month?

haiku/other forms welcome. no butt-geyser pics, please.
Find amenable companions and try to forget the 12 days of X-mas.MB1
Sep 5, 2001 6:55 AM
Seems like you are ready to go. Have a good time and think about Miss M putting the hurt on Hummah for 150 miles this weekend.
i wouldn't let him ride w/you guys w/out his stovepipe hat. nmSpiritual Haiku
Sep 5, 2001 6:57 AM
Please, she thinks he is a bit strange already.MB1
Sep 5, 2001 7:05 AM
She just can't believe the coaster brake. Although I don't know that we are any better, just different. After all it was us that put on the NSA/OCE Fixte Century (With Snow Cone Option).

Humma, don't do that to us (the hat that is). And try to talk about something other than bikes.
Alas, I tossed that out in San Diego ...Humma Hah
Sep 5, 2001 8:20 AM
... just before moving home. It got pretty well trashed in the Y2K Midnight Madness, anyway.

I can ride with MB1 OK without holding him back excessively, if he's in a laid-back mood. I'd not like 1.5 square feet of draggy cardboard holding me back while I did so, however. But Miss M's laid-back mood carries her and the paceline off into the distance with me 2 BPM past my AT.
re: okay, guys...back for more advice. 1st dbl metric this wknd.Lone Gunman
Sep 5, 2001 7:02 AM
Gee, about the only thing I can think of that was not mentioned was self massage, and I don't mean dusting off the vestivus pole. The 120 in a day appears to be the biggest challenge, 150 in 2 days is nothing more than what you are doing now especially if/when the group dynamic thing kicks in. Bicycling mag had an article recently about self massage, might try using a small bakers rolling pin across the thighs to help out tired or sore muscles or learn some techniques. Save the legs early (spin on hills) on in the ride on the 120 and day 1 of 150 you'll be okay.
You don't need any more advicemr_spin
Sep 5, 2001 7:02 AM
As long as you aren't trying to race these rides, you should do fine given the amount of riding you've been doing. 4400 feet over 200K is fairly flat (at least in my world), so I wouldn't worry about it at all. That's the kind of ride where you'll probably hook up with one or more pacelines, making it a little easier.

As for back to back big rides, you've got plenty of recovery time in between. Take it easy during the week (keep riding, but stay around 60% effort) and you'll do fine on the weekend. That's a pretty good general rule for any time of the year.