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Apart from preparing your mind and body you will need to prepare your gear as well. Shortly before the ride, tune up your bike at a local bike shop to help keep your bike in excellent condition while you ride.
Be sure to bring enough water for the several hours of exertion and exercise. Be sure to get a comfortable fitting helmet to protect you in the event of an accident. Lastly, Riders should be familiar with proper cycling clothes and be prepared for any type of weather.
Because a century ride is not a race there is no need to train vigorously in order to complete the ride in as little time as possible. At a minimum you will need to be able to ride 2/3 of the distance easily without fatiguing your muscles or body.
A sample training routine could simply begin one month prior to the event. The first week of your training routine you will need to complete 2 rides each 20-miles long. The second week you should complete 2 rides each 30-miles long the third week you should complete 2 rides each 40-miles long. And the last week of your training you should repeat the third week’s rides and complete 2 rides 40-miles each.
Have an exit plan: Whether you are completing the full 62 miles or completing a smaller loop you should plan to have your car or route home at the end of your ride.
Know the route: Be familiar with the route, know where the rest stops, turns, and climbs are.
Prepare to arrive early: Having the time to ask all the questions you have before the ride begins will go a long ways towards relieving any nervousness you may feel the day of the ride.
Training your mind is just as important as training your body. Although a century ride is not a race there are several aspects that you will need to mentally prepare for. Here are a few things to remember and do before you actually begin the ride: