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The Bike and Brunch Newsletter

Turn of the Century

For many cyclists, the crowning moment is participating and completing your first century. Robin Sparer, a Bike & Bruncher who always leads the pack, completed her first century of the year in mid-May. Robin has one word of wisdom for anyone looking to take the 100-mile plunge. Train. No matter how good of shape you think that you're in, a 100-mile ride is difficult. For best results, plan to plan your ride for either the spring or fall. To complete one without bonking, you need to prepare your body by eating and drinking before and during the ride. It's also best to avoid alcohol the week before the ride.

Listed below is the May Men's Health magazine's 10 week training plan for riding a century. Note that the training mileage increases 10-12 percent per week.

Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 6 10 12 off 10 30 9 77
2 7 11 12 off 11 38 10 86
3 8 13 15 off 13 38 11 98
4 8 14 17 off 14 38 13 108
5 9 15 19 off 15 47 14 119
6 11 15 21 off 15 53 16 131
7 12 15 24 off 15 59 18 143
8 13 15 25 off 15 65 20 153
9 15 15 25 off 15 65 20 155
10 15 15 25 off 10 EZ5 100 170
Number of miles per day