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    Help Me Get to A 300 Mile Day

    I am 50 years old and have been doing a 24 hour event once a year for the last seven years (the National 24 Hour Challenge in Michigan). I have averaged 223 miles with my best day being 254 miles three years ago.

    Since my second or third year of the event I have thought that I have a 300 mile day in me somewhere so that has been my goal for awhile now. I'm looking for some recommendations on how to bridge the gap this year to get me there. The event is on June 17-18 this year, so its 18 weeks away. I live in southern lower Michigan, so typically I first get on the bike around March 10th or so. Typically, I will try to get about 750 miles of training in before the event. Starting out with two short rides during the work week and a longer ride on the weekends, typically culminating in a century about two weeks before the event.

    Part of my problem has been being overweight (I'm 5'10'' and 218 pounds). This year I am planning to get to 200 pounds by event day. I think I will pick up some speed and probably some endurance by dropping 20 pounds.

    On my best ride in 2014, I rode 254 miles and was in the saddle for 16 hours and 22 minutes during the 24 hour event.

    What recommendations would you have for me as I train for the event this year so I can get to 300 miles?

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    Plan on 2018.
    You should have already lost the 20#. You should be on a trainer or spin class 4 days a week. Stop eating junk food. Don't worry about maximum power, work on a steady pace, Z3.
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    Thanks Velodog--I've seen some of Coach Hughes stuff on-line, but you motivated me to order to full book. Looking forward to putting it to good use over the next 18 weeks!

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    Why didn't u do 300 miles last time? That may hold a secret on what you need to focus on.

    The easiest way to make it is just ride another 3 hours. Coffee is your friend.

    I guess this is important to you, it would be the last thing I would want to do, can u tell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    Why didn't u do 300 miles last time? That may hold a secret on what you need to focus on.

    The easiest way to make it is just ride another 3 hours. Coffee is your friend.

    I guess this is important to you, it would be the last thing I would want to do, can u tell?
    Last year I finished with 230 miles with about 4 hours left on the clock. The saddle sores got so bad I couldn't go on. That's really the first time in my experience that saddle sores have been a problem though, so I don't focus on it. One of the biggest challenges for me has been the second half of the race. It runs from 8AM Saturday to 8AM Sunday. Beginning at 9PM and on until morning, the participants are on a 7.5 mile loop. It gets pretty monotonous, but my biggest challenge has been the draw of being able to get off my bike and take a break every 7.5 miles. Its a major time waster, but I'm so tired, is hard to avoid. I need to find a way to keep my motivation level high after I've been going for 12-15 hours and I'm tired and sore. Tough to stay motivated when I know my easy chair is available if I want every 30 minutes.

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    Is the last section on a closed course? I would recommend listening to some upbeat music. If it is on a road, maybe not such a good idea.
    I would probably try and do a century back to back about 4 weeks out or so. I would be worried about training hard close to the event. I am a big believer in 'the taper', but I am quite a bit older than you.
    U really need to have your fit dialed in, something very minor ends up being a big deal. But if you have done 230, your fit should be good.
    On long rides I like to change up my position & use aerobars to relieve shoulder/back/hand pain, I would recommend that if it is allowed. I figure it adds about 1-1.5mph depending on your speed. At 16mph it would probably add 2 mph, which over 4 hours would be 8 more miles and no added time.
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    Spike, maybe contact Welcome to Detroit Randonneurs as you may be able to get some advice from members of the club. You may be familiar with them already, but if not it might be worth your while. They run Brevets up to 600 kilometers and I'm sure that they have members that have a few big rides under their belts.
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    Doing a 100+ ride every other weekend above your target pace for the 300 will help with the saddle sores probably. Do a 150 mile ride a week or 2 before you peak to build confidence / mental fortitude.

    For the power side of the equation - driving your FTP up helps on line rides, because you can pick up your pace and stay aerobic which is an absolute requirement. 2x20 ftp, then VO2 max intervals, then back to 2x20 and then Tempo for sequence of training all plus long rides on the weekend. If you can get your weekly mileage to around 300 before you start your taper that would be great too.

    On your 100+ and the 150 mile ride, test your fueling / hydration plan to make sure it works well for you and adjust as needed. I like to put all my calories in the water bottles, and carry 4 on the bike and don't stop until I have to refill bottles.
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    [QUOTE=duriel;5124830]Is the last section on a closed course? I would recommend listening to some upbeat music. If it is on a road, maybe not such a good idea.
    I would probably try and do a century back to back about 4 weeks out or so. I would be worried about training hard close to the event. I am a big believer in 'the taper', but I am quite a bit older than you.
    U really need to have your fit dialed in, something very minor ends up being a big deal. But if you have done 230, your fit should be good.
    On long rides I like to change up my position & use aerobars to relieve shoulder/back/hand pain, I would recommend that if it is allowed. I figure it adds about 1


    Duriel,

    That's good advice. The 7.5 mile night loop is on open road out in the country, but with police on the corners who keep all but people who live on the course off from the course. I might have to give some music a try. We can't wear headphones (nor would I want to, so I would have to rig up some small speakers, but it can be done). I think I might try adding some caffeine too to try to add some pep.

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    Thanks 'Dog. Will give them a try.



    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Spike, maybe contact Welcome to Detroit Randonneurs as you may be able to get some advice from members of the club. You may be familiar with them already, but if not it might be worth your while. They run Brevets up to 600 kilometers and I'm sure that they have members that have a few big rides under their belts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike Chili View Post
    I might have to give some music a try.
    Get a recording of Deep Purple - MachineHead.... but don't use it till you think u are done. Cause when you are finished with that one, you are ready to crash and burn!
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