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2/21/10 9:19 A

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A Sparkfriend of mine, JAN_FRANDSEN, has done the Tahoe ride on more than one occasion. You might swing by his page and drop him a note or SPmail.

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2/21/10 9:01 A

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Laurie! You know I'm new so I have no advice... I'm following your lead since your century is in June and mine's in August.. but I had to say HI!! waving

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2/18/10 5:44 P

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A lot of good info below for you! Good advice, folks!

One of the biggest truths that I can think of in long rides is that what gets you is time in the saddle, not mileage. I can pretty much hop off the the couch and ride a century, but if I have to spend 11 hours on my bike, I'm going to feel really beaten up!

Think about that when you ride for longer distances. Smaller gears might seem like they will save you energy, but they may not in the long-run.

I would also recommend signing up for some rides around you that are Metric centuries, around 73 miles, to "practice." Long rides are an acquired ability and the more you do them, the easier they are.

During long rides, I often have several packets of gu with me for if I need a little "juice." One packet = about 30 minutes of energy for most folk. Drink lots of water with it though! That reminds me, up in Tahoe, the air is dry and you will need to drink a whole lot more than usual if you're from a wetter climate.

Either way, good luck!

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2/18/10 5:36 P

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Thanks everyone for the great feedback and training links etc. We did 33 miles last weekend and are going for 44 this weekend. I'm also excited to hear from you how beautiful this ride will be. Thanks again!
Laurie

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2/17/10 12:53 A

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Congratulations on taking on a century and you've picked a real beauty. I've done one and am training for another. Everyone has really good advice. I found that just doing the miles(i.e. Time in the Saddle)so you are comfortable on your bike for longer periods of time helped. I agree that if you look at it as consecutive segments, it is much easier. And enjoy the ride because it really is a beautiful way to see the world. Good luck on your training.

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2/16/10 8:41 A

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AMBBR is truly what they say -- truly "most beautiful". I've ridden it twice so far, and plan to do so again this year. There are plenty of rest stops with lots of food. Be prepared to take a relatively long break if you need to use the porta-pots, though. It's a great time to relax, but be sure to keep moving a bit (1) it's cold, and (2) you don't want to stiffen up.

You are riding now about 25 miles at a time. Don't let the century overwhelm you. Consider the ride as 4 consecutive 25 milers, with rest in between.

As long as you condition -- at least 2-3 good rides each week prior, building your endurance and time in the saddle, plus some spinning, walking, and/or running, you'll have no problem at all.

Regarding nutrition, be sure to eat enough! I found myself not doing that in some of my early rides, and wound up cramping and not having enough energy. You'll burn 6,000 or more calories.

Don't forget to ENJOY the ride! Take breaks and take photos.

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2/15/10 2:30 P

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Doing a Century is a fairly major deal for most cyclists. Keep in mind though, most well sponsored and well laid out routes will have rest stops ever 10-15 miles and you can then look at it as a series of shorter rides. Please check http://bicycling.about.com/od/trainingandf
itness/a/century.htm it's got a fairly generic training plan laid out. Searching the forums on Bicycling.com will also get you a considerable amount of info for this.

Congrats on the progress so far. If you keep riding, and maintain a health diet, the pounds will just shed off.

In general try to grow your distances by about 10% a week and you should be fine. We've found that taking new people and following plans similar to these work very well. In the end you'll most likely find the fun-raising more difficult than the ride.

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2/15/10 10:56 A

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Hello Laurie,

I've done the Lake Tahoe ride and it is beautiful. Make sure you have a solid training plan. What makes Tahoe tricky is that your are riding at a high altitude. As long as you train you'll have a wonderful ride. Feel free to mail me any questions.

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Hi Everybody, I'm glad to find this team. My DH and I are training for the "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride 2010" (Century) in Lake Tahoe this June.
www.bikethewest.com/AMBBR.html

We are both looking to lose weight prior, and are curious on our ratio to calories for losing/nutrition for fueling. So far I'm down 12 pounds since Jan 3, and hoping to take off as much as I can without hurting my training goals by the ride. (Want to tote the least amount around the Lake)

I am just now under 200 again, and and DH is 250. We ride quite a bit, but the longest distance I've done at once is 50 miles on my 50th birthday.

25 is easy, I can do some hills since I live in a hilly area. But I have to admit 100 miles in the saddle is a bit overwhelming, so any tips, advice, or experience is welcome.

Also, if anyone else is training for a long distance and wants to be a buddy, I'd welcome one.

Laurie
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