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Coupla century virgin ?s(8 posts)

Coupla century virgin ?sJimW
Aug 26, 2003 12:02 PM
Yes I too am set to tackle my first century, on Labor Day. I've done several metric centuries and really enjoy long rides, but...
I haven't trained as much as I would like this summer due to travel commitments, weather, etc. The course is apparently quite tough, with many hills packed into the last 30-40 miles (assassins!)
On the plus side, I'm doing it with some people who claim to be committed to an easy pace. I'm reasonably confident, but have some questions.
I've recently come into some new wheels and other parts (yesterday's RSX post). But to me it doesn't make sense to make a radical change to the bike, even an upgrade, the week before a long ride. Agree?
Also, any general tips for preparing for a century? Of course I'll take along lots of food and water and Gatorade, pace myself, try to rest up over the weekend and eat right.
Anything else? Thanks for listening.
Jim W.
re: Coupla century virgin ?s03Vortex
Aug 26, 2003 12:08 PM
You have most of it down. If you do regular metric centuries and like long rides, you should be in shape to do this. Drop your pace a bit if the the last 30/40 miles is hilly and don't forget to pack the following: the mental state of mind that "I can do this." Prepare yourself mentally for a longer than usual ride. Good luck!
Some thoughts . . .ms
Aug 26, 2003 12:30 PM
1. Don't change anything on your bike or with respect to your nutrition between now and the century -- your time to experiment is over. Go with that which you know works.

2. Like my father said when I first began drinking (alcohol): Don't mix your drinks. Some centuries will have one brand and flavor of sports drink at all stops, other will have a variety. Once I had several different flavors of Gatorade on a century and felt horrible by the end. I now bring packets of my own sports drink (Enervit). But, whatever you do -- don't drink anything that you have not had before (I learned the hard way on my first century that Cytomax does not agree with me) and stick to one thing.

3. Make sure that you eat and drink at regular intervals, even if you are not hungry or thirsty. If you are hungry or thirsty, you have waited too long.

4. Do not spend too much time at rest stops.

5. Go at your own pace -- if you feel comfortable going faster than your riding buddies or need to go slower, do it. I almost did not finish a ride last year because I was holding back because of a friend that needed to go slower. And, if you go too fast, you will burn yourself out. Just agree with your friends to meet at the finish.

6. Take it easy for the first 60 miles. You will need it for the last 40.

7. Have fun and tell us about it next week.
is that common talk? " century virgin"? gross. nmishmael
Aug 26, 2003 1:32 PM
Wheels...OK, components...NO!hycobob
Aug 26, 2003 2:04 PM
I would not change anything drive-trainwise other than cassette or wheelset (then only maybe). If you are not used to climbing intense hills a flat (12-23T) cassette setup may pose problems. Changing it out to a (12-26T) shouldn't cause any undo stress...and will make the climbs easier. I once swapped out my RSX triple group for an Ultegra double two days before a century and had all kinds of derailer/cable issues that were solved by a superwrench (for a $$$) at a rest stop. They are mainly there for flats and other such small stuff, but will generally do whats needed to get you rolling given the time.

You're smart to ride with familiar riders...its annoying and harder on your legs to be in an unorganized paceline.

Food/drink is kind of personal but don't be afraid to try new things out there. I've seen everything from watermelon to pickles at rest stops. 70 miles or so into the Hotter'n Hell Hundred, and bonking badly a friend and I stopped at a hilltop country store for the most wonderful shade I've experienced and a drink. He came out of the store with 2 Yoohoos and Snickers...at that point I didn't have the energy to argue. Come to find out they are A-OK. Now they are a semi-regular mid-ride snack...sometimes its a Moonpie and Hawaiian Punch or Dr. Pepper. Don't be afraid to do something different...its not a race! Have fun!!!
Bob
(Homer Simpson impression) Mmmm... Virrgiiins!...nmrwbadley
Aug 26, 2003 3:25 PM
Don't change a thingpmf1
Aug 27, 2003 5:17 AM
Never monkey with your bike right before a century ride unless its something monor you can confidently do yourself. Swapping out components is something you should save for next week.
Thanks for the adviceJimW
Aug 27, 2003 5:59 AM
I'll let you know how it turns out.
"Century virgin'' was the first thing that popped into my head. Someone has to make up cycling lingo.
Jim W.