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Century Recovery Question(6 posts)

Century Recovery QuestionHorace
Sep 6, 2001 12:11 PM
I'm planning on completing my first century next weekend (9/16) and previously registered for another organized ride (which has a century as well as shorter distances) two weeks after the first ride (9/30). I would like to also try and complete the century on 9/30 if possible (assuming I complete the 9/16 ride). I'm looking for advice/comments/observations from others who were in the same position at one time or another. I've consistently ridden 75 milers for several weeks and avg. about 120-140 per week in mileage (rolling to hilly terrain, similar to both organized rides, with an avg. speed of 17 mph). Thanks.
Keep riding the same number of days just much easier.MB1
Sep 6, 2001 12:18 PM
Your body has gotten used to exercise, don't confuse it now. Just lower the intensity and duration to promote recovery. Ride on the weekend between events but don't make it training, just recovery/fun.
not a big dealmr_spin
Sep 6, 2001 12:22 PM
Two weeks is a lot of time to recover. But really, if you can do 75 miles in good shape, adding another 25 is more mental than physical. The important thing about doing centuries is not to ride outside your abilities. Some people get all excited with all the other riders around and bonk before the end. Keep doing what you are doing and don't even worry about it.
re: Century Recovery Questionatomicwedgie
Sep 6, 2001 12:26 PM
I think you will do fine. If you are like I am, you will do better to keep YOUR pace from the first mile until the last. The competitor in you will want to ride with the fastest group you see, but stick with riders who stay at your pace. Drink allot and refuel when you can.
Two weeks is plenty of time to recover. You'll be ready to go in two days or maybe even less.
Organized centuries are fun, and you will be anxious for the next one.
Thanks for all the input and words of encouragement (nm)!Horace
Sep 6, 2001 1:20 PM
uncanny similarities!Spiritual Haiku
Sep 6, 2001 1:30 PM