I love this site already..You guys are getting me fired up! I would love to do another century. Even when I was younger I only did one 100+ ride..131 Miles to be exact and I got the worst case of heat exhaustion I ever had. But this was a summer ride in central California, with some triple digit temperatures.
DRC2205-I agree the trainer would keep my in tune with my own bike, but unfortunately I just spent the money on the gym, and can't quite afford a trainer right now. Anyway, I'll probably be back outside on my bike by the end of March, or early April at the latest (depending on rain) so hopefully that will give me enough time on my own bike before the tour in May.
Wow-so many centuries! I'm motivated. This morning I talked to the owner of the gym I just joined and told him about my MS goal for May. He's going to set a training routine up for me, so I'm hoping that will get me in shape. It's funny how I managed to do 25 miles last May, then only did 10 to 15 over the rest of the summer when I rode, and today in the gym did 7 on the stationary. I didn't want to push my muscles too much since I haven't been on a bike in a couple of months, and the gym was very boring today (I was the only one in the place!), but 7 miles seemed like such a pittance. Brianptas1, if I follow your 10% plan and start with my 7 miles, I'll be up to about 19.97 miles in only 11 weeks. That's only the middle of April, which gives me a whole month in the spring when I can actually ride outside at 20 miles or more before the tour. Thanks for the advice. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement; I hope everyone keeps posting their progress for these goals.
I am hoping to complete a full century this year, a nother sprint triathlon, and hopefully a time trial in the fall. I haven't been able to sign up for the events I am looking at yet, though--the registration isn't opened yet.
As for advice, I agree with what Brian said. I would also suggest a trainer to mount your own bike, instead of the stationary bikes at the gym--you'll get used to the bike you will be riding for the distances. Gym bikes tend to be designed differently than touring or road bikes. Your every-other-day rides don't all have to be long, but you'll keep in form to pedal!
Way to go Springtime! don't you just love the soreness makes you feel like you've done something.
My goal is to ride my first century this year last year I did a bunch of 30's a couple of 50's and this year I will do aleast one full century maybe more. Also I will be riding for the lymphoma society which is 150 miles over two days so I will start training hard for that. My milage goal for "07 is 2500 thats about 50 a week. I would love to do them all out-side but living in Wisconsin I will need the trainer for some of them.
To answer your question. I would try to ride every other day at a min. You should find out your long distance right now, and add 10% a week until you can do 75% of your goal. The day of the ride you will be able to do it easily, with limited soreness. But don't stop there contine to increase it as you need to stay interested. Good Luck!
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Hi guys! I am also going to participate in the MSTour, I am going for the century ride, I did 75 miles year. I have not started riding yet as I have been training for a half marathon. I will begin in the next week or so (as my cross training). When I trained last year, I rode every single day. The most I trained for was 65 miles and just pushed my way through the last 10 miles. LET'S DO IT! -SUZY
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Way to go Springtime! I'm planning on riding in the NYC Century in September, and I've been trying to gradually increase my average ride length and adding one "double" on the weekends where I take a good long ride. The weather here has just turned to crap, so I may have to invest in a trainer. I'm joining the Y as well, so I can use the stationary cycles there as well.
Last year I entered the MS25 for and with a friend, and trained during the spring to get ready for it. It was the first time I'd been on a bike in a number of years, and while I did manage to finish the tour, I was really feeling it, both right after the ride and the next morning. This year I want to be able to just enjoy the ride and not spend the whole second half wondering if I'm going to make it!
So this is my challenge to myself: start using the cycling machines at the gym 2x a week (alternating with the treadmill another 2x) and build up to 25 miles by spring. Once it gets warm outside, I plan to build up to at least 30 miles, but hopefully 40, so when the ride comes around in May, 25 miles will seem like a walk (well, ride) in the park.
Question: any specific suggestions on how to build up to my goals? Is 2x a week enough? How many miles should I attempt to add a week?
Another question: Does anyone else have personal goals/events they're challenging themselves to meet (besides the 2007 annual goals that are already posted elsewhere)? Just curious how you're working to meet them. Thanks, Springtime
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