It’s my first LONG DAY for Century Training (a century is 100 miles, so I have a lot of work to do!). Today, I am riding 40 miles, which I expect to take me a little less than 3 hours.
Long days (whether it’s running, biking, or something else) serve two purposes in my mind:
- Get your body and your mind ready for the ultimate distance.
- Help you figure out what works and what doesn’t, especially in terms of clothing, food, and bathroom habits, as well as pacing.
A Century bike ride is a LOT different than a marathon. My heart rate isn’t as intense as it would be if I were running a marathon… but it’s still a slow burn. The ride takes a LOT longer than a (running) marathon to finish. I’m anticipating it will take me about 7 hours to wrap it up.
When I did the Metric Century, which is 60 miles, it took me 4:30 hours to finish (race recap).
I ate some solid food during the Metric Century, but I also relied on Goo. I know that I’m going to have to get used to eating real food while riding because there’s no way I can make it 7 hours without taking in SERIOUS calories. During the Century race, I’ll burn at least 4,000 extra calories, which is more than DOUBLE than what I burned during a marathon.
So, the purpose of my long rides will be to figure out what works best for me in terms of pre-ride and mid-ride fuel. (I also need to get a new pack for my bike so I can carry more stuff.)
Today I’m experimenting with eating a more protein-rich breakfast:
Normally I have peanut butter on two slices of toast with fruit, but I’m curious to see how I handle a bagel, vegetarian sausage, and egg sandwich.
Plus, an orange:
I can eat something a little ‘heavier’ on my tummy because cycling doesn’t create the same sort of jostling motion!
Well, I better get out there – according to weather.com, it looks like it’s going to rain soon. It’s now or never!