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First double will be Feb 15. Any suggestions / advice...(4 posts)

First double will be Feb 15. Any suggestions / advice...Bruno S
Jan 29, 2003 2:39 PM
I will attempt to do the Butterfield double in February. I have been doing at least two centuries a month for the last six months. I expect the double to be like a century just longer :-) I mean, its just a matter of continue to eat, drink and pedal, right?

The weekend before the double I will just do a couple of easy 40-50 mile rides to taper down. The days before I will do almost nothing. Sounds OK?
re: First double will be Feb 15. Any suggestions / advice...cyclopathic
Jan 29, 2003 3:07 PM
> I expect the double to be like a century just longer :-)

no it is much harder. depend on route/fitness you may not experience bonk on century; you will bonk on double. Last 50mi will drag forever. As preparation try to ride 2 back to back centuries on weekend; better yet double metrics good luck
I've finally learned the importance of a good night's sleep...PdxMark
Jan 29, 2003 3:09 PM
Training, calories and water intake during the ride, those were earlier lessons for me. My latest lesson is that good sleep the night or two before matters alot - for me anyway. Lack of sleep doesn't just make me sleepy, but also leaves me more physically fatigued and less mentally durable.
re: First double will be Feb 15. Any suggestions / advice...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 30, 2003 6:27 AM
did my first two double centuries last fall, on two concurrent saturdays, including driving 250 miles to each. i'd done a few centuries last year in preparation, and had done two double metrics (~125 miles) the year before, my longest rides ever. i had about 4000 miles in for the year before the double centuries, most >60 mile rides.

some observations from the rides include: seeing things you wouldn't otherwise notice, being closer to nature and communing with the environment (that sounds all cheesy and new age, but hey...whatever it takes), and meeting a bunch of really friendly and sometimes eccentric riders. another: i finished both rides at about 16 mph (on bike time), and was the slowest rider on both. reactions on the first ride from others ranged from, "the spirit is to finish, and accomplish your goal. way to go!" to, "i think you need to train more and limit yourself to shorter rides." that last one after finishing a 209 mile ride within the 200 mile time limit, unsupported for the last 120+ (they lost us). LOL! POINT BEING: be prepared and self-sufficient. the nature of SAGs for longer "event" rides means you will either stay with the pack and be supported, or have almost individual support, or have none, depending on how the event is run. both in my experience consisted of rolling SAGs for at least the majority of the first 100 miles or long leg of the double--partly because they were run as addendums to "single" century rides. (end rant.)

if you are at the point where a 50-80 mile ride is just another ride, and a century+ has become a "training ride", you're physically ready. with two centuries a month, you're ready--unless you're stopping every 25 miles for 30 mintues each, then you need to work on lessening that time off the bike.

if you are considering doing the double, are as excited as tentative, and are making plans already, then you're mentally ready.

yes, it's just a long ride. i'd pay close attention not only to physical abilities, but to saddle time. the biggest factor in my rides was not being accustomed to staying on the bike all day, and my arse paid the price. no specific problems, just general soreness and the urge to stand or get off the bike.

another consideration is night riding: how much will there be in your double? my first started at 1:30 AM, so we were in the dark for a few hours. get used to dark riding and using lights, repairs in the dark, etc.

really, it's just a long bike ride. eat, drink, pace yourself, and remember that it's not a race (unless your goal is beating a PR or finishing at the front).


ps. now i'm hooked and can't wait for the longer "events" this year. it's a sickness. what's worse is reading the accounts of the FC508 and other "longer" rides. i'm simultaneously glad and sad not to have the time to devote to training for a long, grueling ride like that one.