How to finish your first century

Add an extra 10 miles to your longest ride once a week until you reach 80 miles. Use this time to dial in your food and fluid intake. If you finish a ride feeling overly depleted, you probably didn’t eat or drink enough. On the big day, pace yourself. Many first-time century riders get caught up in the excitement and start too fast. Also, be prepared for some mental highs and lows. Being ready for the psychological roller coaster will help you enjoy the journey. Most importantly remember that bicycling is fun! Try to hook up with someone that rides at your pace and talk to each other. It makes the ride so much more fun.


About envirolibrarian

I am a librarian at Nashville State Community College, and the faculty advisor for the student environmental group. I use my bicycle and the train to get to work everyday. I really enjoy riding.
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