I do have a heart rate monitor. It links to my sports tracker that records my distance, speed, elevation and heart rate all at the same time. I have recorded past rides that I can go back and review. We found an 8 week Metric Century training plan that we are starting now and will just repeat each week or adjust as necessary until race day.
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You have plenty of time to get ready. Form your plan now! Have your position looked at and adjusted. As you add miles allow to adapt and adjust. The key to going hours in the saddle is to have a position that is balanced.
How many hours do you have per week to ride or days per week? Mix it up. The body knows intensity, duration, and frequency. How hard, how long, and how often. Get in 2 shorter but more intense workouts per week. Do some intervals or climbing intervals, watch a HR monitor to learn your zones. Plan rest days. Then the LSD, long slower distance, this gives you base miles to build on, use form, and be efficient. Early in the year do the LSD as you get more fit, increase intensity and decrease duration. At least once a week drop the intensity and add a few miles to your LSD. Don't just ride the distance, work on speed and strength as well. For a short ride, what is your average speed and HR? Learn your body. What HR can you maintain for 64 miles.
You can increase how ever you feel comfortable. You can increase for a few weeks then drop back and make another run.
If you train with others learn to work as a team. Learn how to ride in a line and signal to the others. Practice going into the wind etc and changing the leader. This will make a huge difference. Riding 64 miles alone is much harder than working with a group. Research it, you have time to practice.
Rest stops, that 10 minute rule is golden. I like to keep it short, tinkle, drink, eat, grab food, fill up bottles, and back on the road. If you sit things can get stiff.
I am doing this with my best friend and 2 others (that I have not yet had the opportunity to ride with). We (my friend and I) had our first short ride yesterday and are heading out for our first long ride as a group tomorrow. I will be sure to post our progress. I have read a few blogs posted by people that have completed their first Metric Century rides. They were very inspiring. One of the members of our foursome completed the same ride last year so I am hoping to get some good advice from him tomorrow.
My father who is and has been my main riding partner in the past is very concerned for my saddle..Lola!
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The best way to get ready for a long ride is to ride. Increase your mileage slowly. (I usually add about 5 miles a week to my long ride.) Day of the ride, stay hydrated. Don't spend more than about ten minutes at the rest stops. Otherwise, you risk your legs feeling like wood. (It's happened to me.)
I sometimes mix in a mountain bike ride instead of a long road ride. The hours in the saddle are important, even if the mileage isn't as much.
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My name is Vicky. I have been cycling and taking spin classes for a few years now. My maximum distance to date has been 24 miles. All that is about to change. I have recently signed up for a Metric Century ride in October. If there is anyone out there with some words of wisdom, lessons learned that they wish to share or just some general advice, I am all ears and would be very grateful.
I am really excited to have found this team and am really looking forward to completing my first Metric Century.
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