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Training tips needed for 1st Century(7 posts)

Training tips needed for 1st CenturyIcefrk13
Mar 24, 2002 10:23 AM
I am going to attempt, no complete my first century on June 23 (our local ms ride) As soon as weather permits I am going to start riding home from work daily (25 miles) on slight to moderate rolling hills. Are there any suggestion what to add too this workout to help prepare me for the century.

Thanks
Matt
re: Training tips needed for 1st CenturyElefantino
Mar 24, 2002 12:18 PM
Congratulations! Centuries are fun. You'll finish in style.

Surprisingly (or not, depending), Bicycling has an excellent training site for centuries and other events. The program is simple, no nonsense, and easily doable by non-professionals.

Good luck!

FWIW,
Mike
re: Training tips needed for 1st Centurycyclopathic
Mar 24, 2002 1:24 PM
I would also add longer rides from time to time and off days. Try to do ride to work and back on one day also longer 50-70mi rides on weekend. Century may sound intimidating but it isn't (unless you have 14,000' of climbing thrown in ;)
re: Training tips needed for 1st CenturyIcefrk13
Mar 24, 2002 1:33 PM
Thanks Guys. It is mostly flat land up in Cache Valley. The only real major climb is up the cannyon but if the winds are anything like last year I was able to go up at the same speed I came down. No joke either the head wind sucks in this canyon. Went up at sometimes around 10-12 mph (good for me) and coming doen in full tuck 8-10 and sometimes evan slowing down a bit.
re: Training tips needed for 1st CenturyVelocipedio
Mar 24, 2002 1:43 PM
I know it's hard to believe, but a century isn't really that much of a big deal. It means 5+ hours in the saddle, to be sure, but there's no reason why it should be difficult, unless (a) you're doing it alone, or (b) the group you're going with plans to push REAL hard.

Otherwise, if you're in reasonable shape a d you ride frequently, you should have no trouble. You could probably do it tomorrow, but you might want to try some longer rides -- 70-80 miles -- in the weeks leading up to the century.
Half distance rule of thumbKerry Irons
Mar 24, 2002 8:00 PM
If you can finish a 50 mile ride comfortably, you'll have no trouble with a century. A 25 mile daily commute should be plenty of training, with a few longer weekend rides. After that, your primary challenge is to eat and drink enough on the long ride to avoid the bonk and cramps.
Yes, eat & drink to keep energy up......jagiger
Mar 25, 2002 9:49 AM
They say .5 carbs per pound of body weight per hour of riding, plus a bottle of liquids (20oz) like Gatorade or something that can replace lost body salts. Test it all out before the ride to find what works & agrees with you.

Eat & drink through out the ride...do it early & be regular...you'll finish in good shape.

Have fun!