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First century.Need advice.(10 posts)

First century.Need advice.PEDDLEFOOT
Aug 12, 2002 8:10 AM
I have two weeks left before my first century.I need advice as to how long my long ride should be the week before the race.I've done three rides over 70 miles peaking out at 77 miles this past weekend.Should I try to go any farther or should I take back a little the final weekend?
Century or race?mr_spin
Aug 12, 2002 8:16 AM
You say "before the race." Is that a slip or are you actually racing this thing?

If you have been doing 70 mile rides, you will have no problems at all finishing a century. I wouldn't change a thing on the final weekend. If you are doing 70+ mile rides, keep doing 70+ mile rides. It's not a big deal.

If you are racing, however, you might want to taper.
Why are you "Peddlefoot" instead of "Pedalfoot?"jtolleson
Aug 12, 2002 8:24 AM
Seriously, is it a play on words? Like do you sell shoes or something? I've been curious.

Anyway, you'll enjoy your first century the most by riding strong on fresh legs, so do your longest ride two weeks before then taper a bit. 50 mile ride the weekend before, then some short mid-week spins (15-20, easy pace). There's no fitness or endurance to be gained in the seven days before a long ride, so you might as well just ride enough to stay fresh. Have fun!
you are ready...ease off a bit a few days before (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 12, 2002 8:52 AM
Did Tahoe century in June anddmoller
Aug 12, 2002 9:04 AM
hadn't ridden more than 50 miles on a training ride since I did a 70 miler last Sept. and I didn't have any problems finishing. Think of the ride as 4 25 milers or 5 20's and you should be in good shape. Which ride you doing and what's the terrain?
re: First century.Need advice.PEDDLEFOOT
Aug 12, 2002 9:29 AM
Thanks for the advice.I'm just looking to finish,I'm not racing it.I suppose the reference to a race was a slip.

I used Peddlefoot rather than Pedalfoot just to be a little different.The century is in Northern Illinois.Lots of cornfields and rolling hills.

Thanks again for your responses.
re: First century.Need advice.bic
Aug 12, 2002 3:43 PM
where in N.IL.?
You won't have any problems...jtferraro
Aug 12, 2002 9:43 AM
It sounds like you are more than ready. You might want to taper back a bit your last week. I just did my first century last month and prior to it, my longest ride was only 42 miles - in early May. I agree w/the advice of making a number of smaller goals - 25, 50, 75, etc. Definitely make sure you stay hydrated and make sure you eat so you don't bonk.

-Jeff
Take off a couple of days before the century ...Humma Hah
Aug 12, 2002 10:51 AM
... A little light riding is OK, but no long hard rides immediately before your first century. A nice long ride the previous weekend, even earlier in the week, should be fine.

Of course, once the big bad distance bug bites you, you may be tempted to try some multi-day distance events. In that case, the second day is automaticatically the sort of bad thing you want to avoid in the first paragraph. And we do this sort of thing for fun!

Bottom line, whatever mistakes you make getting ready for it, you ARE ready and will do fine.
...but be sure to ride the day beforeMootsie
Aug 12, 2002 1:11 PM
A little ride (less the 20 miles) at a good pace the day before the big ride will keep your legs from feeling "dead" the next day. Something I have learned after doing 15 - 20 centuries....