Savvy Cycling: Century Training Update, Take 2


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My century is less than two weeks away…eep!  Here’s how things are going:

Long Rides

The last time I gave an update, my longest training ride thus far was 36 miles.  That was four weeks ago. Fast forward to Saturday, when we rode 72.5 miles (we misplanned our 75 mile route a bit!).  

My longest ride ever before this round of training was just over 57 miles, for the Tyranena Oktoberfest Ride in 2009, so I was pretty excited to complete my 64 and 72.5 mile rides.

Cross-Training

I haven’t been doing as well on the cross-training front. Since I’ve been getting plenty of saddle time in, I’m shifting my focus to weight lifting, Pilates and walking/using the elliptical in the days between long rides. I think working on my strength and conditioning will help with some of the post-ride soreness.

Fuel

Things that are working:

A toasted bagel with peanut butter + honey OR Nutella before the ride.

Lots and lots of water. I’ve been going through 2 full Camelbaks + a bottle of Gatorade, at least, on my 50+ mile rides.

Eating every 12-15 miles. This is about how far apart the rest stops will be during the actual century, so I’ve been practicing accordingly.  Eating something small at one stop, then something bigger at the next, and continuing to alternate like that, seems to work the best.

Eating a combination of Clif bars + gummi bears + nuts + Goldfish crackers. With at least one actual meal during any rides that are over 40 miles. What the meal actually is depends on where we stop, but it usually involves a sandwich.

Things that are not working:

The biking with a head cold + not eating enough combo.   During last week’s 64 mile ride, I definitely didn’t eat enough in the first 30 miles of the ride, and ended up all shaky and weak.  And even though I drank over 190 ounces of fluid, I still got dehydrated (I blame the cold for that part).  After eating and downing an extra bottle of Gatorade, I continued to feel wobbly, and barely made it all the way home.  I’m determined not to repeat that feeling again, and am being much more conscious of eating early and often.

Gear:

My new gloves are so much better.  They are much more padded than my old pair, and they don’t have huge holes in them.

I’m not entirely decided on which pair of bike shorts I’m going to wear during the century. I’m getting a little anxious, because I only have one more long ride to test + make a decision!

We only have 12 days left.  Wish me luck!

Dan and I have five more days of fundraising. If you’d like to contribute to our fundraising for AIDS research, here is the link.  

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