Nice job on the metric century. You are ahead of most people for distant riding. Now that you know you can complete 62 miles I am sure you will frothing at the bit to do 100 miles. I was the same way and now I have done a 90 mile bike race around Lake Winnebago for the last 3 years. I am definitely not the fastest nor the slowest in my age group. I have been hovering around the 4hr 36 to 42 minute mark. My goal is to break the the 4hr and 30 min mark.
Well, it was the century that wasn't. It was raining well before the ride began, and continued throughout the entire day. The temp started at 50 and stayed very close to that. The wind was out of the NW and was relentless. The route was one big hill after another. Other than that, it was a great day for a ride! The smiles and camaraderie were abundant. I met several new friends and had a good time. Unfortunately, the cold rain scared off many people who had signed up to ride. Many of those who showed up opted for the shorter distances. (31, 62 and 100) When we got to the 50 mile rest stop, we were informed that the 100 mile portion of the route had been closed. We were a little disheartened, but a little relieved at the same time. I had enough time to complete the 100 mile route and I knew I would push through just to finish. However, considering the elements we were facing that may not have been the best idea. So, I finished with 62 miles, a metric century.
I did find a out few things about myself during the ride. I am not the fastest rider out there, nor am I the slowest. I can tackle any hill that gets in my way. I can handle riding in any weather nature can throw at me. I have the mental strength and intestinal fortitude to press on when others throw in the towel. I am a cyclist!
MNCYCLIST gave you some excellent advice. I would add that the morning of the ride you keep it as you have in the past. Don't try anything new. While I love coffee in the morning, I normally limit that to one cup at least 2 hours before the ride. I dislike having to stop unless I must. Urine stops can be avoided. The best to you. Please let us know how it went.
It's best to rest. By this I mean brief and mellow recovery rides mixed with days off. I normally take the two days before the ride completely off, but it's okay to ride a little so long as you don't push it. You want your body to be fully healed and ready to go. So go for mellow walks or rides or whatever, but don't push it this week.
About fueling, make sure to over-hydrate two days before the event, and to carb-load the day before. I usually eat my big, huge, way-too-many-calories pasta meal for lunch the day before and then have a light dinner. This provides all the carbs I'll need but also allows me to sleep well.
And as for the ride itself, don't underestimate the hills. If you haven't been training on them, believe me, 100 miles of them is going to get to you. So pace yourself. Just get into a comfortable groove and pedal up. I often say to myself, "Settle in and pedal up." Recover on the down hills, and set a comfortable, sustainable pace on the flats. Then as you near the end of the century, if you have more in the tank, you can climb, descend, and hammer with more intensity! If not, enjoy the ride in and don't worry about your time.
Hope this helps, and hope you have a great week of preparing for the big day!
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I have a century coming up on the 22nd of this month in central Virginia. My wife and I drove the route using the cue sheet so she would know where I would be riding. The route is very hilly with some pretty stout climbs. I live in coastal Virginia where the biggest hill is an intestate overpass. I am sure I can handle the hills, but I have a few questions. Should I continue my normal weekly training? Should I take it easier/slower this week? Should I take the day or two before the ride off?
Any advice will be welcome. One thing for sure, after this ride, the remaining centuries I am planning on will seem easy in comparison.
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