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Hilly Century Plan
ByHunter Allen
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A century, or 100 mile ride, is a big goal for many cyclists. Add some big climbs and frequent rollers and the challenge is on. To get your body ready for a century, you need to ride. This may seem obvious, but that's really all you have to do. Once you've gotten to the point where you can do 70 mile rides without knocking yourself out, you're ready for the century. Of course, you have to do your training in terrain that's at least as difficult as where you'll be doing your century. If you find you can ride a flat 70 miles easily and then try to do a century in the mountains, you may find is a very unpleasant experience.

This 10 week plan is designed for the beginner-to-intermediate cyclist with 6 to 12 hours a week to train, who has been riding for less than a year, or who rides, on average, a few times a week up to 3 hours. You have completed a few club rides and are starting to get comfortable riding in a pack. Don't worry if you have a little less time than that to train, you'll be able to adjust easily with  guidance tips provided at the beginning of each week. Along with improving your overall fitness, the focus of the first three weeks is to jumpstart your muscular endurance to prepare for the demands of the metric. The fourth week is a rest week and is critical to prepare your body for the next block of training. Weeks 5, 6, and 7 are designed to solidify your newfound fitness and build your ability to "survive" on the climbs while completing your first metric!

To complete this plan you should have 4-6 weeks of "base" training totaling at least 500 miles.
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With this plan you’ll get:
•    Daily e-mails reminding you about the workouts of the day
•    Detailed descriptions of each day’s workout
•    Tips on training, nutrition, recovery, and more
•    An interactive training log that allows you to track mileage, routes, meals, and more
•    Tools to upload data from your Garmin, GPS, heart-rate monitor, or other training device
•    Access to workouts from your smart phone
•    Nearly 400,000 routes from around the world and tools to map your own

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