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help with an 80 miles training ridebear
Aug 20, 2001 1:55 PM
I am planning to join an 80 miles ride with a club. I am afraid of the terrein. Up to now I done 40 miles with 2200 ft elevation. the biggest hill is goes from 500 to 1100 ft on elevation in 2.5 miles straight no rest during the 40 miles. the 80 mile course has 4470 ft in evevation and the biggest hill goes from 500 to 1800 in 10 miles and there will 3 rest stops alone the 80 miles. I am not sure I am up to that, even though it takes 10 miles to the top so is less steep I assume. Any thoughts please,,
You'll survive ...Humma Hah
Aug 21, 2001 2:36 PM
If you can ride 40, you can ride 80. Just don't get suckered into a pace you can't maintain. Stick with a slower group if there's any doubt. Generally, its better to stick with the paceline if you can, but if its hopeless, nothing for it but to ride your own pace. And keep up with nutrition and hydration -- they are what rejuvinate you for a long ride.

The big hill will slow you down. If you can accept the lower speed, not force yourself to keep a speed you'd see on the flats, you'll do OK. A long shallow climb is more psycologically draining than physical.

I've done tougher rides on my singlespeed cruiser, and I'm one of the biggest wimps in the forum.
You'll survive ...bear
Aug 21, 2001 5:57 PM
re: help with an 80 miles training ride1st lieuten ant
Aug 29, 2001 11:57 AM
80miles...about 130km? (i live in canada) you'll survive that, no worries, remember to drink consistantly regardless of the temperature and eat before you are feeling a bit drained (sounds simple but i've ridded with good riders who can easily finsh a 130k race..(feed zone to remind them) but fall apart on a training ride) sometimes i like to pick some specific distances to eat on (say every 20 miles) gaterade will help as well. (other than food the first reply said it all)