The foundations for successful riding
I hit my first hundred a few weeks back.
After two months of commuting 17-20kms each way, I went on a 100km gravel grind around Hurstbridge and Kinglake. Quite the shock to my system, fortunately I met two great guys on the way who helped me push through and complete (most) of the ride - I went off the track notes in a couple of sections to avoid the big dirt climb.
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Good on you! I remember my first 100km ride, just very tired after it. It was a guy from LACC who passed me that day that encouraged me to push for the 100km. He'd just come back from a 160km ride or something like that. Put my feeble 100km into perspective.
yeah, just keep pushing the kilometres up steadily. I never did that properly. Now I am. The legs are slowly getting used to the fact that they are going to have to put up with almost 60km about 5 or 6 days a week. Last week it was 4 days a week. This week, see what happens.
It's easier if you are riding with friends - they are good encouragement.
Congrats mate, satisfying hitting 3 digits, isn't it?
I remember when I popped my 100 cherry.
I was on a Sunday ride and was told the group would split 35k in for a 70k trip. The rest of the crew would embark on a 120k round trip.
I missed the turn off.
I was not prepared.
I made it back in one piece, but the final 10ks were AGONISING. Given where we were, it was either ride with the group, by yourself or catch a train home.
Well done! What was your route? Is it on stava?
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the feedback.
Part of all the enjoyment is scheduling and planning the rides and gradually building on what I have done.
I look back to six months ago and am still blown away with the idea of what is possible and look forward to progressing.
A mate hooked me up to Strava a while back, so here's the link : http://www.strava.com/activities/93982947
Every one tells me once you pass the "house" your nearly there. Errrr No your not.
I raced up there this morning (I use the term loosely) and couldn't believe I hadn't passed the house after what seemed, and was, an age. I reckon they've moved it
Well I've done back to back 100k rides this weekend.
Up Chandlers Hill yesterday and up Willunga Hill today.
I'm wondering what's wrong.....I'm feeling ok at the moment!
Don't get over cocky now!
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Average speed up Willunga 11.5 Nothing to get cocky about there!
The idea is to set off to a spot for a wind down ride the day after.
Make sure it's just short of a nice steep hill.
When you get there, tell yourself, "I don't have to ride up the entire climb. "
Once at the top you'll realize you only have another 15 km's to the 50k turn around point and Pages Flat Road is such a lovely ride.
Before you know it (2 hours something later!!), you've done it again!
Did I mention, I can hardly move this morning.
That's the 150 km busted and a few pain barriers!
Mt Billy at the 110 k mark had a lot more bends than I was expecting!!
(But the road is much quieter than the main drag between Victa and Adelaide.)
200 k doesn't seem that far away.
For me once I get over 100kms , I'm in a rhythm with my pedal strokes and eating/drinking , so I just keep going .
If its over a 150km ride I'll stop for around 20 mins (AT) a cafe, get a toastie or something light like that and do stretches and use there facilities.
As for lack of movement next day, 20 mins of stretching when I get off the bike and nice gentle recovery ride next day
I find it helps loosen those sore muscles up.
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