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Need advice on 200 mile ride(8 posts)

Need advice on 200 mile ridemgolebiewski
Jun 23, 2003 12:54 PM
I am on the fence as to how to do a 200-mile ride in 3 weeks and need some advice. For those in the Pacific Northwest I am referring to the Seattle to Portland, which for those not in the area is a mostly flat 200 mile ride which can be done in either one or two days.

My initial plan was to do 2 days. Due to lack of time, family work... I have not trained much past 100 miles in a day.

However this weekend I did what is considered a hard century (107 miles and 2,880 feet of elevation gain) in 6 hours, and I felt OK at the end. I could have done some more riding, but I was beyond comfort. Yesterday I was not at all sore and my legs felt just a little sluggish, but no big deal. I am back to normal today.

Many people say if you can do this 100-mile course that you are OK for the 200-mile ride. Any advice or thoughts on which way to go?
re: Need advice on 200 mile ridet0adman
Jun 23, 2003 2:10 PM
I've ridden the STP but did it in two days. I trained pretty hard but was riding a bike that didn't fit and had very tall gears so the few hills burned up my legs. I'm confident that with a new, properly fitting bike I could have done it.

My suggestion would be to try to follow the STP one-day training guide as closely as you can until ride day, then make a last minute judegment call. You can always ride the first day and decide when you approach the halfway point. I think you can do it. My good friend has done it the past two years in a row and we train together (I ride with family as a social event). Generally speaking if you can do 100 fairly comfortably you can push through the next century. You WILL be outside your comfort range though. Good luck!
Not knowing *anything* about STP....PseuZQ
Jun 23, 2003 2:13 PM
I'd say go for it. What's the worst that could happen? It's well supported and stuff, right?

I've ridden STP one-day a couple times...PdxMark
Jun 23, 2003 2:43 PM
With the ride 3 weeks away, this upcoming weekend is a great opportunity to ride 150-180 miles one day to test your fitness. You'll have enough time to recover before STP. I always think of it as follows: the first 100 is "easy," the next 50 is certainly do-able, it all comes down to the last 50. You sound like you're in good shape. Use this weekend to convince yourself.

A few other lessons I've learned: don't try to do STP sleep deprived, sleep deprivation eventuially translates to physical & mental wear; eat and drink reasonably & steadily, don't go too fast in the first 100 miles, it's easier with friends.
Take my friend's advice...t0adman
Jun 23, 2003 2:54 PM
He got tired at about 150 and pulled over for a nap. I love taking a nap on my century rides. I hit a refuel station, eat some food, drink a ton, then lay in the grass and snooze for about 30 minutes before I head out again.
I'll be there also... I have been doing...rwbadley
Jun 23, 2003 4:37 PM
several rides a week of about 80 miles with usually 3-4000 ft of climbing. I have only done one or two rides this year of over 100 miles. I figure if I can do 100 with hills in six hours or less and still feel ok, the 200 should be doable.

It will be a new experience for me to do 'flat' mileage. We can't ride anywhere around here without climbing!

Like PDX said, its the last fifty that will hurt a bit in any case. That's where you just have to grin and bear it, and hope you have good bike shorts!

I think it's better to do the ride in one day rather than two, get it over with ;-)
jes' do itJS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2003 5:56 AM
if you're riding 100 (107) in 6 hours and felt ok at the end, you're ready for a moderately-paced 200. btw, 2800 ft elevation gain over 107 miles is on the low side.

the difference between a 107-mile ride and a 200-mile ride is 93 miles. that's all. provided you have no fit issues on the bike, you're eating and drinking regularly, and you're pacing yourself and not allowing someone else to set the tone of your ride, you should have no problems.

just do it. get off the fence. you'll thank yourself later.

Go for it.Steve98501
Jun 24, 2003 12:42 PM
If you've trained enough to complete a century in the condition you describe, you can do 1 day STP. That's about the shape I was in year before last - one century ride before, along with a 65, 85, and the usual 25 - 30 mile Tues/Thurs training rides. I only had about 700 base miles going into STP. I'll have a few more this year, but no centuries yet.

The main things are to get as much sleep the night before (not easy if you're beginning at 4:45 - see ya' there!) and eat lots of the food that works best for you, and drink twice as much as you think you need. I finished last time feeling kinda' sick, and if you're in reasonable condition, it comes down to sleep, nutrition, and hydration. I like that idea of taking a 30 minute nap about 3/4 of way thru.

Why not try? Worst case is you have to SAG.