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4/18/11 9:53 A

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I don't really focus on strength training that much. I just ride, ride, ride... When you get into longer rides, I think you have to rely on endurance instead of strength. It's a whole different ball game.

I just rode a 400+ mile tour last week. Used the Euro Style Chamois Butt'r for the first time. Not sore at all. I would recommend it. It does have some menthol in it, so get ready for that cool, "Peppermint Patty commercial" feeling from below. (If you know what I mean!!)

Hope you have a great ride!

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
4/18/11 9:32 A

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As far as riding the distance Friel indicates that if you ride 75-80% of the distance you are training for then the day of the event you will be able to ride the full distance.

Yes wear padded shorts and wear them now so that you are used to them and to make sure there are no chaffing areas. If there are there are creams that can be purchased. I do not use them personally .... nor have I ever needed to. I must be lucky I guess. I do cycle race my longest racing event is Race the Lake which is around Lake Winnebago in WI which is a 90 mile bike race.

Also, figure out your hydration rate and amount for the metric century ...I'm sure there will be rest stops if this is an organized ride. Find out what gels or foods you will need to re-fuel for energy on the ride. This will also help you to determine how these different foods will affect you. On the day of the event do not eat something that you have not had on your training rides. I have seen people succumb to acute gastro intestinal crapping where they could not pedal fast enough to the nearest bathroom. Depending on what you are wearing will make a difference if you can strip it fast enough as well;-) Hey it happens.

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LIV2RIDE's Photo LIV2RIDE Posts: 6,208
4/18/11 9:00 A

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Thanks! I did P90X through the winter so I feel my strength training is good. My week day rides will be indoors because I'll be doing them at 3:30/4am. At the end of last year I was riding 25 miles pretty comfortably, so I'm hoping that 60+ won't be that difficult. I think the seat time will be the biggest hurdle for me. I do have padded shorts but not sure any amount of padding will matter for that length of time.

Kelly

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4/18/11 8:26 A

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If you are doing your riding outside, then you should only have to strength train 1X per week. This recommendation is coming from Joe Freil's book Training Bible for Cyclists. For a leg work out on a bike find a hill steep and/or long and use that as your work out for legs. If you have been strength training in the off season 1x a week is good. If you are on the younger side he recommends that you can drop the strength training. If you are over 40 than continue 1x a week. So if it is raining then use that day as a strength training work out day and trainer day.

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4/18/11 7:59 A

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I would not get into weight training just yet. Just get on the bike and ride. Three days a week doesn't sound like much. Certainly, your butt needs some saddle time. While you will finish your century biking 3 times weekly, you will hurt at the end. I prefer to prepare and not hurt. I bike every single day with the "hard/easy concept". It works very well for me. Good luck!!

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4/17/11 7:23 P

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Thank you for all your comments. The information here is a goldmine!

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4/16/11 11:49 P

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Looking good...! I am not so disciplined...just try to work in 3 ST / week, usually Tues. Thurs. Sat. I don't think anything prepares you for a longer ride better than just getting on your bike and riding and loving the heck out of it! :-)

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4/16/11 7:17 P

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It sounds like you're definitely hitting it hard. So long as you, and your body, are good with that much training, I say stick with what you feel is right for you.

As for my input, I always do my legs at the end of my workout, albeit Push Day (chest, tri's, shoulders, delt's) or Pull Day (back, bi's and lats). I feel that working my legs is paramount; however, I'm admittedly not Draconian about it. Generally, my leg routine is simply 3 sets of walking lunges, for 20 reps, with 60 & 70 lbs dumbbells. I don't really do much more than that as I've found this works my glutes, hamstrings, quads and even my calves well enough that I'm not exhausted when I ride the next day and I really feel it, so I know I'm getting to places that riding doesn't.

Each person has to find their own exercise niche. It took me over 10 years of weight training to get to the point where I knew what my body wanted and give it what it needed. At one point, I was going to the gym 6 days a week. I was always tired and just plain run-down. After about 6 months of this, I realized that I was simply doing too much. In the end, cycling is my health-pursuit mainstay.

So, at the risk of repeating myself, if your rigorous regimen works for you, by all means, hit it hard and fast. But pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel you're overdoing it, don't feel as though you're slacking if you back-off some and maybe take two rest days. Regardless of what you decide, I'm sure you'll reach that goal.

Ride safe!

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LIV2RIDE's Photo LIV2RIDE Posts: 6,208
4/16/11 6:38 P

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I'm getting ready to start training for a metric century. I also want to strength train. Here is my proposed schedule:

Sun: yoga
Mon: Strength Training
Tue: Speed Ride
Wed: Strength Training
Thu: Steady Ride
Fri: REST day
Sat: Long Ride

I'm concerned about doing legs since I have a cycling day basically wrapped around every strength workout. I'm thinking of grouping Legs & Back and then Chest, Shoulders & Arms. Do I do legs before or after my speed ride? I put my rest day on Friday because I thought I should have fresh legs for the longest rides. Does anyone have any suggestions? Comments? Advice?

Kelly

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