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300 miles in 30 days

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Sorry if this is posted or if it is duplicate... On the Diva's forum I saw this and thought it would be fun to try. 

This is the link.  Basically you need to ride, bike, or other exercise for 300 miles in 30 days.  Seems pretty cool to me, especially in my prepping for a DC to Harper's Ferry ride and later this summer  a century ride.

Here is the link
post #2 of 20
300 miles is a good week of riding not a month's goal.
post #3 of 20
Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post

300 miles is a good week of riding not a month's goal.

For a person who is seasoned on the bike, yes.  For somebody who is just getting their cycling bearings (for anything other than leisure or commuting/errands), 300 in a month is a good first step.
post #4 of 20

Ah, Grasshopper, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.

I have some friends who regularly do 300 mile weekends, but they are rather obsessive.  300 in 30 days is a very nice goal for a novice cyclist/runner.  It is good to throw in a little cross-training with some running or speeding walking.

A novice cyclist probably averages a little over 10 mph, so you are looking at committing to an average of an hour a day of exercise, which is a worthy goal.  The reality is that you'll do some 20 and 30 milers, and then have some rest days, but having a training plan is the best way to keep after it.

Like good fitting ski boots, the most important issue with your bike is the fit.  You should be able to ride for hours in relative comfort, other than your tired legs.  The best investment you can make is in getting a professional fit, or at least get some info and work at it yourself.  A small change in seat height or seat to handlebar reach can make a huge difference in comfort and efficiency.

post #5 of 20
When I first resumed cycling a few years ago, I rode about 1200 miles in 5 months of riding.  That was alot for me then, and would still be alot for most recreational cyclists.  A 300 mile month is a good goal to start.  Even this year, where I've riden 1200 miles outdoors in the first three months of training, I only rode a couple of hundred miles the first month. 

The important thing is to set a goal, commit to it, don't let anything else get in the way, and monitor your progress to it.  And then celebrate when you make it, and set a new goal.  You CAN do it!

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks habacomike, songta, and mudfoot.


I have really been enjoying getting into cycling.  Here in DC the past few days the weather has been great.  So far I have 10 mile walking, 32 and 14 miles biking.  Hopefully I can keep this momentum going until the end of this month.

I did a group ride for the first time today and it was much more fun than my solo rides, although I will want my solo rides I am sure.

post #7 of 20
It's good to mix up the solo and group rides.  Solo allows you some time for your own thoughts, while group rides can provide all kinds of differences: some "rabbits" (i.e. folks who ride a bit faster to challenge your pace), some folks you can chat with, folks who know different roads in the area, etc.

Glad you're liking the area!  DC has a great riding culture, and I'm sure you'll find all kinds of great opportunities in the area.

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

So  I can now do 53 miles.  Today I did 42 miles round trip on the C and O canal, plus another 11 miles round trip to and from the start of the canal in Georgetown.  I think I am almost ready to ride the 60 miles to Harper's Ferry in WV.  I am at 186 miles into my goal of 300 miles in 30 days.  Doing, at least for me, thes long (in my opinion long) distances is quite addicting, kind of like racing in skiing or going down challenging slopes.


Happy Trails to all those who are riding this season!!!

post #9 of 20

Great accomplishment!  If you rode 53 miles, 60 will be no problem.  Keep up the good work, and increase your mileage gradually.  While the longer rides are addicting, you do need to give your body a chance to recover and acclimatize to the work load you are putting on it.


It's great to hear you are getting close to making your objective.  Now you'll have to set a new goal.  Do I sense a century in your future?



post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 


By the end of the summer I would love to be able to have the stamina to do a century.  I haven't ever ridden in a competition before, so I am unsure how to go about looking for a centuy ride.  I do know that I can just do it and not have it be in a competition though lol. 


I couldn't believe it when I realized that I did all those miles today.  I don't feel as tired as I expected.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to stand my 12 hour shift (7am-730pm) as an Peds Intensive Care  nurse tomorrow (I work at Children's in DC as an RN)

Happy riding this weekend to you

post #11 of 20
Pandita Most century rides are organized rides, not competitive races. They are a hoot - everyone is out to challenge themselves, and while there are a few Lance wannabes, most folk are out just having fun. I've ridden four centuries, and they all were highly social events, almost like a moving party I'm sure there are several in the dc area. Telerod or songfta surely can provide some advice for a first one in the area that would be compatible with your training and goals. Good luck!
post #12 of 20


Pandita: congrats on your riding accomplishment!  Your progress is great, and bodes well for you to be able to easily handle a century later on in the season.


There are three centuries in this area that are wonderful first-time centuries and fall in September and October - a perfect time to wrap up the season with some long distance riding.  All three are scenic and aren't über hilly (e.g. not like the Civil War Century, which has some very tough hills from the get-go):


September 4: Bay Country Century (Owings, MD - run by the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team as a fundraiser, not a race)

September 19: Back Roads Century (Berryville, VA - run by the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club)

October 9: Sea Gull Century (Salisbury, MD - run by Salisbury University)


The last of these is the flattest century around, and one of the flattest in the USA, with the only major climbs being two bridges leading to and from Assateague Island.  The other two are rolling but not especially hilly.  All three are a lot of fun.

post #13 of 20

Pandita, you rock! 


I have always liked the quote, "people do not plan to fail, they fail to plan."  You have set a a tough but reasonable goal, and you are on track to make it happen.  I applaude you.   I have done several century rides, and I can tell you they take the right fuel, and a lot of saddle time, but based on what you have already accomplished, I think you will make it and finish with a smile.  If you do an organized century you will be amazed at the energy you pick up from all the other riders. You should start looking for partners to do longer rides.  Solo riding is nice, but you need some help and companionship to share breaking the wind, and the struggle.  Keep spin'n sister!

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

Songta and/or others.


So I am definitely going to do a century... Just out of curiosity which one in the DC area would be better for a first century, the Back Roads Century or the Sea Gull century.  I am excited about this.  Thanks to all for all the advice thus far.  Happy peddaling to all!!

post #15 of 20

Why not do both?  They are a month apart...


Seriously, the Bay Country century appears to have a 62 mile (metric) option as well as the full monte.  While they don't have the route maps up yet, my experience is that the metric centuries are generally a subset of the full century.  So you could plan on riding a metric century and if your training is good, then go for the full century on the day of the ride.  In any case, you then could ride your second century in October...



post #16 of 20



Agree with Habacomike. You could try the first event at the metric length. One factor is the weather on the day of the event. Wind and/or heat can make for a very long day. Start early if you go for the full distance. If you ride at 15 mph, you'll be on the road for near 7 hours plus breaks. Try and link up with a group riding at your speed so that you can draft a little.


In the FAQ section of the Back Roads, they state riding in a flat century can be harder than rolling hills because you get to exercise different muscles while climbing. I'd call bs on that as climbing beats me up.


I've done the Sea Gull, and, they used to call it the "flattest" century. Nice event, flat ride. I ride near the ocean on a regular basis, so, for a change of scenery, I'd try the Back Roads and spend some time in the Shenandaoh Valley.


post #17 of 20

Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post


In the FAQ section of the Back Roads, they state riding in a flat century can be harder than rolling hills because you get to exercise different muscles while climbing. I'd call bs on that as climbing beats me up.


I've done the Sea Gull, and, they used to call it the "flattest" century. Nice event, flat ride. I ride near the ocean on a regular basis, so, for a change of scenery, I'd try the Back Roads and spend some time in the Shenandaoh Valley.

Actually, it's good to mix things up if you're riding long distance - so the comment about "flat being harder than rolling" makes a good deal of sense.  Many recreational riders tend not to "mix things up" on flat terrain (e.g. take stretches pedaling out of the saddle, thus working different muscles), which is fatiguing in the long run.  And unless you're really good at spinning and riding pacelines, flat centuries like the Sea Gull can be taxing.  I tend to recommend the Sea Gull for folks who are accustomed to riding in crowds, with pacelines, etc., just because that's what happens during said event.


Frankly, the hills on the Back Road Century aren't that bad.  It's mostly rolling terrain, similar to the Bay Country Century but with different scenery.  And both the Back Road Century and the Bay Country Century have smaller fields of riders, so there aren't as many chances for huge pile-ups (and the pile-ups at the Sea Gull are legendary).


Agreed on riding a metric as a barometer/prep for the full English century: it makes sense and preps the legs and mind for the long-duration endeavor.


Good luck!

post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 

I did it!! I am signed up for the Sea Gull Century Assategue. 


Now to train.  To all who are going to do it GOOD LUCK!!!

post #19 of 20
Congratulations! I'm excited for you.

About training, you now need to focus on building your endurance. The best way to do this is to make sure you get at least one long ride a week. You will want to start that long ride at a distance that you can handle. It sounds like you have ridden a 60 miler, so perhaps the place to start would be with a 50 mile ride. You should build the mileage every week but no more than 5-10 percent. Here's an article I used to help u derstand the training for my first century:

Don't worry about the references to longer distances; you're not training for a brevet (yet). Try to get 3-4 shorter rides in each week as well. These can be an hour to hour and a half. Every 4th week, back off of the distance by 20% or so on the long ride and ride the others very easy as a rest week.

You can do it! And if you start training now, you'll be ready for that September century as well.

post #20 of 20

Excellent news, Pandita!


In addition to the tips that Mike pointed out, it would also be worth you while to get accustomed to riding in a group situation.  The Sea Gull Century is noted for large-format group riding, and if you're not comfortable with such a scenario, it can be nerve wracking and potentially dangerous. 


If you haven't participated in any local shop rides or club rides, now is a great time to start.  They'll get you used to riding with groups in a more friendly situation, and that's the best way to learn.

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