The longest single day ride I have done is 120 miles. That was not a supported ride. Supported ride are lots of fun.
But you have to train so you can enjoy the ride. Riding three days a week is okay for now. Check the MS site for a training plan and for group rides in your area. You want to increase your mileage as you get closer to the ride. The best thing you can do for peace of mind is the get in a few rides that are more than the 75 miles you will ride for this event. Mentally you will KNOW you can ride 75 miles because you have ridden MORE that 75 miles.
The week before the ride, plan on riding three days in a row with high mileage each day: 50 on day one, 70 on day two and 90 on day three. It will give you great confidence when you can ride that many miles three days in a row and you will also discover how your body reacts when you ride three days in row. This can be a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Take off work on Friday if you can. Not training multiple days in a row was the big mistake I made on my first multi-day ride: I ended up with tendonitis of the knee at day four on that ride.
Do you live near a college that has a cycling team? Talk to the coach and ask if he/she can recommend a training program or a student who can coach you.
Hit the gym and build up you leg and core strength. You want strong muscles that don't fatigue quickly.
Train on terrain similar to the ride terrain. If the ride is hilly do not spend most of your time training flats.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. African proverb
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Fitness Minutes: (61,006) Posts: 9,375 10/25/13 11:34 A
I have to get myself on one of those training programs. I bought a book that was supposed to be awesome for triathlon training, but it was so complicated that it felt more like a calculus lesson! I need something much simpler!
My first 100 mile ride was also a MS ride. Great support and lots of encouraging riders along the way. I downloaded one of the many training programs and followed it quite closely for 12 weeks. The program gave me the confidence to keep going when my legs started to complain!
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Fitness Minutes: (61,006) Posts: 9,375 10/24/13 9:02 A
The other thing to remember is that every time you get back on the bike after a break it's going to hurt like a beast for a couple minutes. That can be alarming, but it's normal, and you will get adjusted after a minute or so.
I just did the ride for missing children ride and it was fully supported we where allowed to pack a bag with anything that we might need at the rest stops and we loaded the bags on a trailer and that trailer was always at each rest stop there for us.. now I did not get to finish all 100 miles.. that day due to a injury.. but personally for riding long rides this is what I pack, extra tube goes in the under the seat pack that is on my bike I pack shot blocks and protein pack, two ibuprofens, and or course wear padded shorts and I always wear a personal pad.. (you know) it really does help..
but hope you enjoy the ride. good luck
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Fitness Minutes: (61,006) Posts: 9,375 10/20/13 12:52 P
I went through 4 tubes of Chamois Butt'r this summer, and I wasn't even riding that much! It really is helpful. I believe it is made of fairy wings and powdered unicorn horn.
On most of the MS150 rides, they try to keep the break stops under 15 miles apart. Do be there to start as early as possible, but don't give in to the temptation to skip any of the stops. Yes, it will be crowded, but you need to pace yourself early on.
I bet you will have a great time!
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Fitness Minutes: (19,317) Posts: 443 10/19/13 1:26 P
I signed up for a 42 mile ride next month. That will be the longest ride I have ever done. Maybe next year I will sign up for the 65 mile ride! The longest offered for this particular event is 111 miles and that seems daunting to me so you go girl!!!!
I rode the MS150 two years ago. It is very will supported, both mechanically and nutritionally. My handlebars came loose the first 15 miles and I was able to get them fixed. I was also able to get my seat adjusted. There are all different levels of riders and all different types of bikes. I was that last one in on my team by around an hour! The longest pre-training ride I did was only 26 miles. I had been attending spin classes all winter. Riding the bike is way different than spinning, the classes really helped.
Nutritionally, now that can be a disaster. The food and snacks are so good and healty you can really over eat. Yup, I did exactly that. I think I ate three times the calories I burned off!
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Thanks for the insight!! I was terrified to sign up, but I'm glad you make it sound like what I'm hoping it is in my head... a friendly affair! It's also reassuring to hear I don't have to make a bunch of unsupported long rides to make it happen. I just learned about bonking, and that makes sooooooo much sense why I have struggled. I'm admittedly bad about eating & drinking while riding, but I'm a work in progress!!
I bought a little sample thing of the Chamois Butt'r to use soon. I'm hoping to lose some weight before I buy more shorts, but that is totally something I could see myself overlooking! I feel like I need to make my list now, but it's so far away!!
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I took a look at the ride, and I see that, like the other MS 150 rides, it's over 2 days. It's also very well supported, with rest stops and help for things like flat repair.
I've done the MS 150 here in Cleveland for a couple years now, and they are a *lot* of fun. You will be with lots of riders of lots of different abilities, and it's a very festival kind of atmosphere.
If you get a flat, you will definitely be able to get help on the road for fixing it. Be sure to carry an inner tube that fits your bike, even if you aren't really good at repairs, because someone will certainly help you if you have a tube that fits. If you don't have puncture protection in your tires, or heavy duty inner tubes, talk to your local bike shop about getting those. It's cheap insurance to reduce the chances of being on the side of the road in need of repair.
Chamois Butt'r or Ride Glide will make your "bits" much happier. Take a tube with you and reapply during bathroom breaks for the most comfortable ride. Have two pairs of padded shorts so that you have clean ones to wear the second day--bacterial growth is likely to make things really uncomfortable.
If you start riding now, and ride regularly, you will be in good shape for the ride. Try to get in some longer rides now and then. You don't need to make an unsupported 75 mile ride in order to be able to complete the ride.
I have not managed to finish both days of the ride yet, due to injuries, but even getting through the first day of the ride is an accomplishment. Have fun!
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Fitness Minutes: (64,651) Posts: 9,298 10/17/13 12:12 P
is it a 150 ride in one day or over a series of days?
I've done several 100 mile rides in a day but that has been my max so far. My advice is to start early in the day...as early as possible. Also take breaks and keep up with your nutrition and hydration. I ALWAYS carry emergency food and electolytes on long rides. Also, know how to fix your own flats (and carry everything you need to fix a flat) with you...if you aren't already doing it.
The ride will be fun!! Congratulations for signing up!
Kay from Tennessee
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Fitness Minutes: (176) Posts: 35 10/17/13 11:52 A
I did it! I signed up for the BP MS 150 ride for April, 2014 (Houston to Austin). I'm so excited! I started really training rather than poking along whenever I want to this past week. On tap is at least 3 rides a week with a steady ride, an interval ride & long weekend rides building in mileage to get me there.
Any of you that have participated in such an event or traveled far on your bike have any advice to offer this newbie? Padded shorts - check! lol
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