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I plan on riding my first century on Sunday. Any last minute tips?
Training would have been a good idea, but too late for that, I suppose...nathanm said:I plan on riding my first century on Sunday. Any last minute tips?
At this point, you can't do any training that will help, so be sure you are well rested and well hydrated. And then all that other stuff about pacing yourself, eating and drinking well, etc.nathanm said:I plan on riding my first century on Sunday. Any last minute tips?
+1 on that! I haven't done a century yet, but have enough experience with this from long distance running. It's like when I crossed the halfway point of a marathon and thought "I've never felt this good at 13 miles before, maybe I can pick up the pace and get a better time." I don't need to tell you what followed about 6 miles later .Cory said:No, my first thought is "Don't go out too fast." I always feel great for the first 50 miles or so, get lulled into a false sense of adequacy, hammer for the next 25 miles, then die in the last couple of hours.
What, pray tell, are those zones? You will burn roughly 200 calories of fat per hour, regardless (within reason) of how hard you go. That's only about 12 mph for a fit rider. Are you suggesting that the OP ride that slow for the entire century?lawrence said:If you have a HRM and have been using it, ride in the fat burning zone not the carb burning zone.
Congrats on your 1st century! Your time ain't bad either. Sounds like you did all the right things EXCEPT do some long weekly training rides. Those help by:nathanm said:Well, I finished! I had a great time and made pretty good time (6 1/2 hrs rolling; add a bit over an hour of resting). Couple of observations:
1. This century, contrary to the implication of the name, is actually 103 miles! I wasn't expecting those last 3, and man they were tough!
2. More frequent stops that are shorter are more beneficial than fewer, longer stops.
3. I think someone mentioned bringing chapstick to relieve rashes. Brilliant idea-worked great. That brings us to point #4:
4. Gold Bond cream is a gift from God!
I have one very serious question, however. At about mile 75 I began to notice something a little unsettling: I could not feel the tip of my penis (sorry for being graphic, but this is a serious medical question). I finished the ride more than 5 hours ago, and it is still very numb. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?