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2/26/11 9:38 P

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What I did was make a spreadsheet with the target date, and then each row was less 7 days (so weekly rows). I figured we did about 10mph and so that would be 8 hours of saddle time. And I was really worried about my husband and saddle time.

so each week I subtracted 15 minutes from our goal so the weekend was our long ride. Last year we went from an hour in January, to a 50 mile ride the first week in May w/o a problem. Or rather my husband did. I found a fantastic local bike club, and started doing more group rides during the weekday (all at least 2 hours, often up to 40 miles) so I was at a Metric Century (isn't that like 66 miles? 73? by mid April), and did 80 miles that first weekend in May.

The big challenge I see with your ride is that elevation. The most I have ever done in a day is 2960... sure I have a HEAVY bike but it got hard in the end. Find out if it's rollers or big climbs or what (mapmyride is good for that). I used a Garmin Forerunner 305 (about $130 at Amazon) to track how much climbing training I was doing (it has a great web interface when you hook the watch up to the computer) and I knew I was under my plan for the 2960 ride I did (I was just having a hard time finding climbining, but not deathly elevations in my area. My full century was rollers and small hills but it all added up quickly as my buddy leads at a hot pace.

oh, and get your bike fit now. Save yourself a lot of damage. I may cost like $120 and take 90 minutes, but I wish I had done it much sooner.

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- cycled 101 miles! (11/2010)
-completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010
- 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!!
- 5/2/2010: Na

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2/26/11 8:54 P

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Also check out for a biking group in your area and see if any of your local bike shops have scheduled weekly rides. Both of these are free options and I have had great luck with both.

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2/26/11 8:30 P

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I second the idea of a bike club...our local one ( ) has rides posted throughout the good weather and offer a wide range of rides with varying elevations. Check with your local bike shop and ask about cycling clubs.

I had a wonderful summer last year prepping for a 175 mile ride I did on a Sat. / Sun. in Sept.

I remember wondering if I was "up" for the challenge...but WOW what a thrill when I nailed it.

That thrill is SO going to be worth the risk that you're taking by stepping up for this challenge!

You can DO IT! :-)


Edited by: DDOORN at: 2/26/2011 (21:15)
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2/26/11 8:15 P

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i just started riding myself, but GOOD LUCK!!!!

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2/26/11 8:08 P

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If you're good at motivating yourself, check this out.

Read all you can, no problem getting to where you want to be in August, if you have the time to train & work on your climbing.

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2/26/11 6:43 P

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try this article also look for a local bike club. They are usually pretty inexpensive to join $20 to $50 a year and ride with a club a couple days a week. It will not only help you put in time on the bike you will get plenty of riding advice since most cyclists love to impart what they have learned to newcomers.
Mostly just ride ride ride and climb some too!

ps my observation is that someone as young as you can get very strong very quickly on the bike so don't worry about being able to do this. If you start now you will have no problem at all.

Edited by: KESTREL500 at: 2/26/2011 (18:45)
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2/26/11 6:17 P

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Hi guys,

So I just agreed to do a ride with my dad, who's been cycling for years. I've been riding two years, really only in the summers with some limited (read: spin class) riding in the winter. Right now I'm only riding 45-60 min 2x weekly and doing running and other cardio cross training about 45 min 4x weekly. The ride is the first week in August, but it's 78 miles with almost 6,000 ft elevation gain. I have five months, a gym membership (no classes though), and almost unlimited time to train, I just graduated college and I'm basically killing time until Vet School. What I don't have is unlimited resources. I've never done anything like this in my life and I have no idea how to devise a training schedule. I'd love to get a trainer, but as a soon to be totally broke vet student, that's not an option. Does anyone have any good resources for devising a training schedule?

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