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Any last minute tips for my 1st century tommorro?(12 posts)

Any last minute tips for my 1st century tommorro?Allen az
Nov 21, 2001 4:24 PM
I'm planning on doing my first century tommorro (solo), and was wondering if you guys had any tips. The most Iv'e ridden at one time is only 65 miles, and that was no problem. I usually never eat during rides, but I'm gonna take a Powerbar and some cookies with me.

Also, what do you guys do about water? Ever run out?

Thanks for anything,
re: Any last minute tips for my 1st century tommorro?mickey-mac
Nov 21, 2001 4:33 PM
You've probably already thought of this, but bring money with you. You never know when you might run out of food, beverage, spare tubes, etc. You're in PHO, so you probably won't have to worry too much about cold-weather gear. Otherwise, if you've done 65 without a problem, it should be a breeze. Have fun.

P.S. What route are you planning?
The route....Allen az
Nov 21, 2001 6:27 PM
Starting at 43rd Ave & Bell Rd... I'll go west to the White Tank Mountains... turn back (East).... then North to Pinnacle Peak Rd... then Deer Valley Rd. to Cave Creek Rd.... keep going east to the Northern part of Scottsdale...then back to 43rd & Bell Rd. I'll just keep on riding if that route doesn't get me to 100 miles. Average speed should (hopefully) be around 19.0 to 19.5mph.

Thanks everyone for the great tips! I guess I should bring a lot more food. And I totally forgot about bringing money.

The route....mickey-mac
Nov 21, 2001 7:22 PM
It's really nice riding in that areas around Pinnacle Peak, Cave Creek, and Fountain Hills, especially this time of year. I haven't ridden out there in over 10 years. I would imagine the area around Fountain Hills has really been developed since then. It was really just starting up when I was out there. Enjoy.
quick and dirty adviceDog
Nov 21, 2001 4:34 PM
*drink at least a bottle an hour
*consume at least 200 calories an hour (a banana is about 100)
*don't go anaerobic
*spin up the hills
*don't stop any longer than necessary at rest stops
*if you get in pacelines, never, ever, overlap your front wheel with the rear of the one ahead

Perfect! And then,Kerry Irons
Nov 21, 2001 4:49 PM
Make sure that you pay attention to those little aches and sore spots. Stretch on the bike for your back, butt, and neck (among other parts). If you start to feel the slightest little irritation from shorts, socks, jersey, etc. be sure to adjust it before you rub a patch of skin off.
Nov 21, 2001 4:42 PM
A century will probably take you over 5 hours. You will most certainly "bonk" if you don't eat more than a PowerBar and some cookies. Take at least one PowerBar for each hour of estimated riding time or stop and get a sandwich along the way. Apple slices, Fig Newtons and a ham sandwich are also choices to take with. Your body will quickly diminish your energy reserves so you need to able to resupply. Water: you should be drinking a water bottle's worth (20 oz) every hour as well. If you can't refill at a gas station, park, McDonald's, etc, take a hydrosack (80 oz or so) and two bottles. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drink would be a good thing. I have run out of food and water on an 80 mile race and it was not a pleasant experience that I ever want to repeat. Legs (quads, hams, and calves) all cramped, speed dropped to "I can walk faster than this", got to the finish and collapsed. Got some food and water in me and felt great after awhile.

Have fun and enjoy the ride. Let us know how it went.

re: Any last minute tips for my 1st century tommorro?MikeC
Nov 21, 2001 4:50 PM
My friend and I have followed this system for our last five centuries:
Eat a light breakfast, but nothing that's unusual for you. Make sure there's some fiber in it, so you go to the bathroom before you leave. After the first 25 miles, eat a pack of Gu or other gel, and wash it down with a bottle of water.
If you're feeling good at 50 miles, eat another Gu, and drink another bottle. If you're not feeling good, wait another 10 miles or so.
Eat a third pack at 75 - 85 miles, which is the point most people have problems if they're going to have any.
We usually eat one LIGHT meal along the way (like a half sandwich), but nothing else. We've each done several dozen centuries, and we both swear that this system works better for us than anything else we've tried.
Don't forget the sunscreen. nmMB1
Nov 21, 2001 4:51 PM
And pace yourself....Chuck D
Nov 21, 2001 6:07 PM
...Take it easy. First century? 6 hours plus? That's fine. It's a good time to find out how your body reacts to that amount of mileage/saddle time. Also, the last 10 or so miles are usually the tough ones...mind-wise at least.
Century riding's'll want to do an organized event when possible, they're a great time!

Good luck!
Good stuff guys. Thanks! (nm)Allen az
Nov 21, 2001 6:35 PM
Lots of little goals ...Humma Hah
Nov 21, 2001 7:47 PM
Don't keep looking to the end. Keep setting intermediate goals you can easily reach. The end comes soon enough.

There will probably be food options available. If what you're eating doesn't seem to be getting the job done, switch. Some folks like bananas, some like fruit newtons. Peanut M&Ms give a little protein with the sugar hit.

Some can handle gels, but they give some people gas. I can't digest any type of power bar while riding and dairy products seem to make me very tired.

Figure on about 2 ounces of water or diluted sports drink per mile. In cool weather you need almost as much as hot weather, but you may not realize it.