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Have I bitten off more than I can chew?-Furnace 508 (X Post)(5 posts)

Have I bitten off more than I can chew?-Furnace 508 (X Post)Kellum1969
May 15, 2002 9:48 AM
I've commited to doing the Furnace 508 this Oct:
http://www.the508.com/
I'm doing it on a two-person team.

I'm a mt biker/road biker (in that order). I'm riding about 150 miles a week (I'd say about 50 mt bike, 100 road), and typically race once century a year. Obviously, I need to step this up. I have a couple questions:

1. With 5 months to go, I'm assuming I have plenty of time to get ready. What would a good progressive training plan be? I would also like to loose about 20 lbs by then.

2. Since we can basically hand off whenever we want, any opinions on a how far we should ride (i.e., 2 hours on, 2 off; every 50 miles; etc.)?

Finally, anybody have any experience with this race, and can they give any insight?
5 months is not that longColnagoFE
May 15, 2002 10:23 AM
for a ride like you are talking about. Do you have to ride the whole 508? I'd imagine you'd need to at least double if not triple your weekly miles with a century or more a week in there somewhere if you want to finish, but I'm totally pulling this out of thin air. Doug Sloan who posts here should be able to give you an actual training schedulwe for a 508.
Nope, I only have to do half of it (254) (nm)Kellum1969
May 15, 2002 10:35 AM
My thoughts...PdxMark
May 15, 2002 11:32 AM
Losing 20 pounds and training for a 2.5 century is alot to do in 5 months... I'd focus on the riding and let the weight take care of itself...

As for the training, here's a link to a suggested training plan for a double century...

http://www.seattletoportland.com/prep/mileage.htm

This ride is fairly flat, but it's a nice detailed starting point...

As for the teamwork, I would think legs of about 50 miles (or 3 hours) would be a good plan for two people. Alot of people can store enough glycogen for 2.5 - 3 hours or so (50 miles solo) of sustained effort without needing to take in more calories. After that the calorie intake becomes an issue... With about 3 hour legs, there is enough time for the resting rider to eat, recover, and warm up again.... 2 hours would likely be too short a turn-around time...

But, certainly, others will have other opinions...

Good luck and enjoy...
posted response in Racing board nmDougSloan
May 15, 2002 11:49 AM