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jennyrc2011-12-29 01:20:01 +0000 #1
I'm looking for recommendations for a good century training plan for this summer. I'm doing a MS bike ride in September (110 miles the first day and 50 miles the second day), so I have lots of time to build up strength. I also plan on running a half marathon a month before the ride, so would love a training plan that maybe somehow incorporates both.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I know this is pretty far in advanced but I would love to start figuring out a training schedule!

On a side note...not doing any riding right now because I'm waiting for the snow to melt, definitely a beginner as far as road biking is concerned.

Thanks!
TsPoet2011-12-29 01:21:50 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by jennyrc

I'm looking for recommendations for a good century training plan for this summer.

Thanks!

I read the thread title as "century training pain" several times, I'm still seeing pain instead of plan.

www.ultracycling.com/training/century.html
Muirenn2011-12-29 01:54:31 +0000 #3
Two days in a row of hard riding would be difficult for any conditioned, experienced cyclist.

Perhaps modify your planned participation?

Also, that isn't really a lot of time to train for something that large. I think you'd need to start earlier, and have some years behind you in cycling.

JMTC

Don't mean to discourage; sounds dangerous, that's all.

Welcome to TE

Edit: keep in mind that the training plan is designed for an experienced cyclist. Perhaps a challenging goal could be a half century one day, and 25 miles the second. Believe me. That would be extremely challenging, and a worthwhile accomplishment.
jennyrc2011-12-29 01:47:06 +0000 #4
Thanks for the input! The ultra cycling website has some very useful information which I haven't seen before.

Muirenn - I guess maybe to explain my beginner status a little more: I've done two summers of some road biking, just not long distances (typically my rides were between 15 and 20 miles). I finally upgraded my bike the end of last summer, so I think a bike with a proper fit will make a big difference. (I upgraded from an 80's trek with down tube shifters to a bottom line Madone)

I've also done some spinning, etc at the gym. I think within the first week of riding, I'll easily be doing 20 miles, including hills, etc.

So by beginner, I'm not just figuring out how to bike, clip in, etc, I have been doing that for a while, I just haven't done the distance yet.

Does this give you a little more hope for me? Just want some input on whether this goal of mine is really that out of reach, or something that is possible as long as I'm willing to put in the time...

Thanks!
Espresso2011-12-29 02:11:35 +0000 #5
Don't get discouraged! I only started training for a century the last week in January and I'm already up to 65 miles. Since everything I've read says you only need to have done 70 miles or so as a long ride before a century, I'm practically done with the necessary training.

The second day of those MS rides is the tricky part, so you definitely need to train two days in a row, doing half of the first day's mileage on the second day, and maybe training at a bit slower of an increase each week than I've been. I think I've seen training schedules included as part of the MS event literature, so you might check those out.

I haven't done anything like what you're trying to do, but I'd say you can definitely start working toward it. Just listen to your body and if you don't make it, there are always other achievements you can make instead like Muirenn says.

Also, you didn't really say if you are pretty new to cycling or not (just road biking). What's the longest distance you've done in a day to date?
Blueberry2011-12-29 03:25:07 +0000 #6
I have nothing to add on the running/riding front, and how to combine the 2. Maybe look to a tri training plan for a half iron, and sub extra biking for swimming?

However, I wanted to chime in and say that I think the ride is *completely* do-able from where you are, if you put in the base miles and train smart. It won't be easy, but I think it's a good challenge goal.
Espresso2011-12-29 03:50:54 +0000 #7
Here's a link to one of the MS training plans I mentioned 209.237.160.150/docs...%20TrainingGuide.pdf

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indysteel2011-12-29 03:28:43 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by Muirenn

Two days in a row of hard riding would be difficult for any conditioned, experienced cyclist.

Perhaps modify your planned participation?

Also, that isn't really a lot of time to train for something that large. I think you'd need to start earlier, and have some years behind you in cycling.

JMTC

Don't mean to discourage; sounds dangerous, that's all.

Welcome to TE

Edit: keep in mind that the training plan is designed for an experienced cyclist. Perhaps a challenging goal could be a half century one day, and 25 miles the second. Believe me. That would be extremely challenging, and a worthwhile accomplishment.

I think it's challenging but doable, depending in part on how well conditioned she otherwise is. My first full year of cycling, I did a 160-mile ride in one day at a 19-mph pace, another two-day ride of 175 miles, and a 6-day, 400-mile tour in Tennessee. I rode 5200 miles that year, total. Now I busted my butt to do those things, but I did them, and I can't say that I was in perfect shape when I started, nor was I 20 years old. So, ya never know.

The harder thing that I see is that she's going to be training for the ride while also training for a half marathon. That strikes me as a lot of stress to put on her body.

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