First century

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mudcow007
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First century

Postby mudcow007 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:29 pm

morning all

rode bikes all my life but fully committed to cycling every day few years ago - i do between 3000 an 4000 miles per year

i have just signed up for a charity century in June

only problem is the furthest ride i have done is 50 - 60 an was basically dead by the end of it

to be honest the "dying" bit could have been i didn't eat nothing all day, i cant seem to stomach food when i'm riding an gels just don't seem right

anyone got any tips on how to survive

(it the Help the Hero's sportive im doing)
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Re: First century

Postby SadlyBiggins » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:47 pm

You should be able to do a century easily with the mileage you put in. I think you've basically answered your question though. I couldn't ride anywhere near that distance on an empty stomach. Make sure you've had a decent meal the night before, a good breakfast well in advance and then eat a little and often from about 45 minutes in, plus ensure you take on fluid regularly even if you don't think you're thirsty. If you don't like gels that's fine; take something you do like, e.g. malt loaf, Nutella sandwiches, flapjacks etc, and practice eating regularly on the bike. I much prefer real food and only keep gels for emergencies. Not sure what else I can say if you really can't eat on a ride. My other key is pacing: decide on a realistic pace for the entire ride and stick with it, at least at the beginning. If you're feeling good in the latter part and can speed up then do so.

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Re: First century

Postby mudcow007 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:55 pm

cheers...

im really bad at pacing too, thats a good point actually

im riding with someone i work with so fingers crossed we can set a pace an stick to it

is it true you need to mix the fluids you are taking in, so don't just take two bottles of energy stuff, rather take one an take a water?

thanks for the info...i feel a bit better now
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Re: First century

Postby SadlyBiggins » Tue Feb 05, 2013 15:21 pm

I tend to take two bottles with me and alternate between one with a carb-type tablet in it and one with just squash. Seems to work for me on longer rides. I'm sure others have other recommendations though.

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Re: First century

Postby chill123 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 17:47 pm

as above you got to eat (or drink) carbs. try experimenting until you find something you can stomach.

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Re: First century

Postby thegreatdivide » Mon Feb 11, 2013 19:14 pm

Try Clif Shot Bloks if you can't face gels. Power Bar do similar jelly sweets called Gel Shots. Some High 5 2:1 in both bottles will help too.

But yip, eating every 20 mins after the first hour should see you through.
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