if you are going with your club, you probably already have a group that rides your pace, so stick with them and keep in a pace line, that will help alot. if you're riding with your group, you probably have a no drop kind of rule. so stay together. be sure to eat and drink enough. train with whatever nutrition you will be using during the ride. i would probably go with a hammer product in my bottle (perpetum) for a long ride. and cut down on your training around a week prior to the ride, so you are not over trained and tired. remember the ride is for fun. when i did that ride we had perfect weather. but thats not aways the case! i remember the last 20 miles i could have done without. i also remember the chicken dinner at the end of day one seemed like the best meal i had ever had! that was my first organized ride, i rode my schwinn la tour. hills were tough on that heavey old bike(which i thought was light at the time). we didn't have cell phones back then, i figured i would have trouble in the hills, so we met in chilocothe at the top of a hill (my friends told me i would know it when i rode it) where locals sold lemonade..best lemonade i ever had!!! we have a group talking about doing it this year, i have a schedule conflict, so i will have to decide which to do..
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Well, I guess I could offer my input on this topic since all I do are doubles...=)
My first ever ride I signed up for was a double...I didn't sign up for a century, because I knew I could ride 100 miles, but at that time I didn't know if I could complete the double...so three weeks out of the hospital with an ulcer, I rode my first double...it was the first time I ever rode past 100 miles, and at mile 110 there was a 5 mile average 10% grade climb, and I suffered for on that climb and the following hours, but I did it, any one can do a double you just have to ride the right one, AT YOUR OWN PACE! Don't try to stick to the fast people you will only pay for that after mile 80...just give yourself some time to finish the ride, usually they give you 18 hours to finish a double...My fastest double I ever rode was 12 hours but that was at the beginning of last year's season, and I was fresh...but I suffered on the 4 other double I completed the 9 week's after my first
BUT...From my oppinion, the key to training for a double is doing one and suffering through the many walls that you will encounter along the ride...a century is a century, BUT its what you do after mile 160, and how you deal with that pain...that is what will make you or break you...keep riding
I am considering signing up for a double century (2 days) this May. I rode a flat century last summer and just about bonked on the last 20 miles. Since December I've been going to 4-5 spinning classes per week and getting outside to ride sometimes in the decent (ohio) weather. Does anyone know resources to for a decent training schedule and advise on a strategy to finish the whole thing.
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