Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby vala » Fri Feb 01, 2013 15:57 pm

Anyone got a copy or link to the route?
Thinking about entering (35 miler) but will be on a singlespeed.

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby RubbishCyclist » Fri Feb 01, 2013 16:19 pm

Top tip from me, on the day especially as you get further into the ride you really cant eat too much. I did a 120 mile charity ride last year and a lad doing it with me didnt eat nearly enough and every hill became heart breaking for him. In the end his spirit was broken and the mere sight of a hill had him off and walking. Peanut butter, Jam and seedy bread is ace for keeping you going!

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby Beckers62 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 18:14 pm

If you can get out a couple of times a week for a decent ride, I reckon you should be able to get where you need to be fitness wise.

Shame they don't post the route up. From previous descriptions on this thread I am guessing it comes back to Wendover and possibly Stokenchurch

I am getting back into riding this year, having ruptured my achillies tendon last March. I did a couple of rides before Christmas. So far this week I've managed 3 rides and a total of 65 miles (did 32.5 today... and am completely done in)

There is no substitute for saddle miles. Good luck

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby CiB » Fri Feb 01, 2013 20:49 pm

Can't remember the detail or find the route anywhere but from memory it's out of Aylesbury, west then south to Princes Risborough then a meander over the M40, Watlington, back towards High Wycombe then Amersham, Berko, and an indirect run back to Aylesbury with deviations to find a few more roads with the stiffest climbs. You don't want an easy day out surely?

Looking at my log it was 76 miles last year (did I miss a turn somewhere and go a mile up the road then turn back? Yep...) and took about 5 hours. Leave at about 8:30, you're all done by early afternoon with the rest of the day to enjoy.

You'll do well to park up somewhere close as they do hand out a lot of goodies at the start and you'll find yourself wanting to dump them rather than carry them with you. The car park at the back of the town centre is the handiest.

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby Whizzy223 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 13:33 pm

Hi

The BHF cycle is from Cambridge to Coast (Southend) if you fancy doing any training cycles just shout.

Thanks

Emily

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby giant man » Thu Feb 07, 2013 15:39 pm

You've got 8 weeks, not 8 days, it's very possible.
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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby SecretSam » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:53 pm

Whizzy223 wrote:Hi

The BHF cycle is from Cambridge to Coast (Southend) if you fancy doing any training cycles just shout.

Thanks

Emily


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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby anto164 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 13:31 pm

I'm doing the same..

Entered the cheshire cat 100mi ride on 24th March, and i haven't ridden much over the winter at all. (my combined mileage from Dec - beginning of Feb was 43 miles :-p )

Did 50mi sat, 50mi sun (both feeling empty by the end of the rides) and doing 75flat miles tomorrow. As long as i can do 75miles easlily on the flat, i'm transitioning to 70mi very hilly in the weeks preceeding the event.

You'll be fine, just eek it up gently.

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby royce » Sat Feb 09, 2013 18:32 pm

Lol if you're mad I must be stark raving!!
I've agreed to take part in a 175 mile 2 day ride.
Cardiff to Heathrow Airport...
3 weeks training so far 4 more to go :shock:
It's all in a good cause tho http://www.helpingharry.net

Good luck with your ride :)

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby SecretSam » Thu Mar 07, 2013 16:23 pm

It's all f**ked up, in case anyone cares

Not been on a bike in 3 weeks, life's gone against me

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby marylogic » Thu Mar 07, 2013 16:54 pm

Sorry things aren't great, but you won't have lost all your fitness in 3 weeks. Best wishes whatever you decide to do.

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby pride4ever » Thu Mar 07, 2013 17:16 pm

[quote="SecretSam"]Have entered the Chiltern Cycle Challenge 75-mile ride on 24th March

Went out on first ride since October* yesterday, 24 miles, nearly killed me

What are my chances and what do I need to do? I have a turbo trainer available, not used it yet :roll:

* injured knee then abroad for 6 weeks, then ill, then snow, them's my excuses :mrgreen:[/quot

Depends on the terrain, if its flat then yeh pissball, but if its anything like the 75 milers I do round the Peak District better start praying now brother.
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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby Cleat Eastwood » Thu Mar 07, 2013 18:25 pm

SecretSam wrote:It's all f**ked up, in case anyone cares

Not been on a bike in 3 weeks, life's gone against me

'Nuff said


You mean you're goign to give up the chance to possibly, maybe, perhapsly meet Fern Britton.

Hey if you think lifes gone against you how do you think the peeps feel for whom you're rasining money. Just sit down and re-assess, if you planned to do the ride at a given average, say 15mph, just knock that average right back, in fact do away with targets and just enjoy it. Lookin at the website it looks a fun day, families and kids doing it. If its any consolation the first big sportive I did I entered for a 100m, and was so underprepared I bailed out and did th 100k version and I still finished totally shattered and eneded up behind a stocky woman who had to stop to have her front mech fixed - but I did it.

It is for a great cause and even if you have to bail out of the 75 do you really want to miss the chance to miss Fern Britton. :lol:
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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby Simon-R7 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 20:58 pm

OT, I am in Chinnor so if anyone wants a gentle ride out PM me, I have my 1st 100 miler in August :shock: averaging approx. 14mph at the moment on a good day if its not too hilly.

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby CiB » Fri Mar 08, 2013 09:10 am

Looking forward to it but have emailed the organisers with a question, after reading this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/b ... mentpage=2

It's often bugged me so I thought I'd ask the question.

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby keef66 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:05 am

Well I've just signed up for the 73 mile Spring Saddle sportive and have only 4 weeks to make sure I'm up to it.

Felt I couldn't resist since it's setting off from the racecourse just 2 miles from my front door.

My wife's still a bit bemused that I'd part with £28 for the privilege of riding on the roads that I usually ride for free. I've never done a Sportive before, so I couldn't really justify it. Maybe I'll be able to afterwards?

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby apreading » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:12 am

Just tell her the £28 goes towards the cost of the dugs and prostitutes at the end of ride party... (it does, doesnt it?)

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby marylogic » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:20 am

You're supposed to take the drugs BEFORE the ride

(and if you're fit for the prostitutes you haven't been cycling hard enough) :)

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby Kieran_Burns » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:45 am

CiB wrote:Looking forward to it but have emailed the organisers with a question, after reading this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/b ... mentpage=2

It's often bugged me so I thought I'd ask the question.


I just checked with Cycle Live Nottingham (weekend cycling festival in June) and got a good response:

Hi Kieran,

We never make the wearing of helmets compulsory, but we do strongly recommend that people wear one.

Best,

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Re: Am I mad - 75 miles, 8 weeks to train

Postby keef66 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:21 pm

marylogic wrote:You're supposed to take the drugs BEFORE the ride

(and if you're fit for the prostitutes you haven't been cycling hard enough) :)


No time for hookers, I've told her I'll be back in time to take the dog out for her 3 mile afternoon walk :D


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