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Old 06-25-19, 05:50 AM
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~6 weeks to train for 78 miles??

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I am considering doing the PMC on August 4th 2019, which is about 6 weeks away. The ride is 78 miles. I am currently in decently good shape as I do weightlifting and cardio about 4-6 days per week. However, I have not done much outdoor cycling. I am wondering if you think it is possible for me to complete this and any advice you may have for me?

If it helps I am 25 years old. I have completed 60 mins of intervals on a spin bike, and felt as though I could keep going.

Thanks!
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Old 06-25-19, 08:11 AM
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Try to go on some long rides between now and then.

Accept that you're going to be slower than others who don't look that fit.

Accept that your butt will hurt.

Takes breaks.

Decide not to give up. You could probably do double that distance in a day without training given your age. You just have to hate yourself a little.
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Old 06-25-19, 09:47 AM
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You could very likely go do 78 miles today. More a matter of pacing and nutrition than anything.
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78 miles really isn't that long.

"Cardio" is good, but won't help you all that much on a bike. Your ass is going to hurt. Probably your shoulders too if you don't ride outdoors, because (that means probably) you don't have your bike fit dialed in, and that adds up over longer amounts of time in the saddle. As mentioned, it will take you longer than people who don't look as fit.

Intervals are not the way forward with this, you want to build endurance, taking a rest every few minutes isn't the best way to do that.

Indoor bikes aren't a good way to train for this, for a lot of reasons. Am important one is indoor bikes don't teach you anything about handling a bike outdoors.

If there will be a lot of other cyclists around, you should do some group rides between now and then to learn a bit about riding in a pack.
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You could very likely go do 78 miles today. More a matter of pacing and nutrition than anything.
+1. And getting over whatever mental blocks are in place.
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Originally Posted by Swebby56 View Post
I am considering doing the PMC on August 4th 2019, which is about 6 weeks away. The ride is 78 miles. I am currently in decently good shape as I do weightlifting and cardio about 4-6 days per week. However, I have not done much outdoor cycling. I am wondering if you think it is possible for me to complete this and any advice you may have for me?

If it helps I am 25 years old.
I'm not in good shape, I'm not that much short of twice your age, and this past weekend I rode a century... on only half a bike.

As others have said, this is more of a tolerance challenge than an athletic one. You'll need to do work, but mostly your body will need to tolerate the stress of the saddle, riding position, repetitive motion, heat/sun, etc. The faster you go the more energy you'll expend pushing against wind drag, the slower you go, the more toll those incidental stresses will take, but there's a speed that will work for you, and you'll soon find it.

You can probably do 15 miles just by deciding to. 26 to make a bike "marathon" within a week of that. Step it up to 50K (31 miles), 40, 50, at that point you could probably do the event on confident determination, but if you get in one last training ride of a Metric Century (100 km or 62 miles) you'll be certain that it's going to work, outside of any equipment failure or injury that support is specifically there for.

Find somewhere interesting to go, get on whatever sort of bike is available and go as far as you can, at whatever pace feels comfortable. When the seat hurts, stand up on the pedals and coast for a minute, when that doesn't work, stop and get off the bike for five minutes. If you're on a route you know, try to hold out a little longer until you make it to that next road crossing or parking lot or gas station or whatever. Do this regularly from now until then, a little further each time between now and the event. Be smart about hydration, electrolytes (especially sources of sodium and potassium salts), food, and sun exposure. Get bike shorts that fit and chamois cream. Run Strava on your phone, not to compete with others but to see how you are doing vs the previous ride. Not immediately but eventually, get a cheapy bike computer like the Bell 150 and work on holding a steady pace reasonable to flat or uphill conditions.

Review relevant threads here to find "energy food" and drink mixes that you like, try them, and make sure you react well; be wary of accepting unfamiliar freebies on ride day, as not everyone reacts well to all "engineered food". Make sure some of your training rides start as early in the morning as you'll need to be heading to the event ride, so you are used to what it's like to get out the door, and to sleep before that, or to ride on none (been there, done that) Think about ride day "bathroom strategy" and figure out what works for you.

I'm not immediately seeing how much time you have to complete the ride, but I'm going to guess it will be enough for just about any reasonable effort on just about anything with two wheels but a fat bike. If it's really looking like it's not going to work for you (and that seems unlikely) they mention the option of switching to a shorter route. Likely you'll find that net distance-per-hour pace (inclusive of rest stops) you can sustain on your 26, 31, etc training miles continues right through to 78, though expect to bog down some in peak afternoon sun compared to early morning or dusk hours.

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