As you approach your first distance ride, ever or perhaps of the season, you’re probably excited, maybe even nervous. Getting ready for the ride involves a so many different details, from what to pack to ensuring your ride is in good shape. And then, of course, you start to think about the miles. 10, no problem. 20, you’re good. 40, fine. But when it’s 100 miles or maybe several days on end, things start to seem a little dicier.
But you know what, we’ll tell you something: You’ve got this.
In fact, we’re not even going to call it training from here on out. In fact, you’re just getting ride ready.
1. Start with your mindset
The mind is a powerful force. You’ve got this. Tell yourself that every day. Psyche yourself up for success. Dread makes everything seem heavier, and makes you more sluggish. Slight aches are big pains. But when you think positively, you’re well your your way to a glorious ride.
2. Set realistic expectations
If you haven’t been riding much lately, don’t try to make up for it by going all out on your first ride. Set yourself up for success by starting at a reasonable rate. Maybe a little 20 miler on the weekend. Start as many months out as you can so you can slowly, and realistically, ease into the ride.
3. Mark your calendar, carve out time
Don’t leave this to chance. Don’t just hope you’ll find some magic extra hours in the week and then jump on a ride. You have to make time for this. Your body will thank you – after every single ride, and when it comes time for the Big Event. Set up a regular riding schedule and stick with it.
4. Reward yourself
Here are ORbike, we’re huge fans of rewards for riding. That’s what life is all about! Ride to eat! Even if all you did was a little spin around the lake, you got stronger. You deserve that burger.
Ending a ride on a positive note with friends, socialization and down time is an important part of the recovery process, and the community around why we ride. Plan time for this, and make that time an integral component of your ride day.
5. Be accountable: invite friends
When it’s just you out there, you can slow down. You can quit. You can opt not to go. But once you’ve declared the ride and invited friends who are counting on you, you’re locked in. This is a good thing! You’re much more likely to follow through with a ride if there’s some accountability in there.
So make a routine of it. Invite friends. Form your own little riding club. Heck, you can even give yourselves a name. Feel the bond and the love – comrades on pedals.
6. Go the extra mile
If 20 feels good, next time go more. And if the ride is feeling great, take the steeper route home. And you’re rockin all of that, next time opt for more of a challenge. Do an extra loop. Go down the hill jsut to go back up. Trust us: you will feel victorious.
7. Aim for 80%
If you don’t have enough time to work your way up to 100% of the miles you plan to do in a day on your ride, try to get to at least 80%. If you’re riding a century, it can be quite a time commitment to train up to 100 miles. But if you can at least get to 80% and feel strong about that, you’ll be just fine on the day of the ride.
And if you’re a regular rider who has successfully accomplished century rides in the past, you should have no problem being ride ready with just a few 30 mile spins leading up to the ride.
Corvallis means Heart of the Valley, a lush region with rivers, forests and wide open landscapes. We call this area PERFECT for bike exploration.
Head out for an early season leg stretch on the annual Ride the Heart of the Valley on April 29, a gorgeous ride based out of Corvallis that is connected to the Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine
About the Routes
With routes of 62, 30 and we miles, plus a fun 5k Dog Jog, it’s the perfect way to ease into the season. You’ll cruise along the Willamette River as you journey past William Finley Wildlife Refuge and through the quaint towns of Monroe and Harrisburg.
Registration includes snacks and drinks at rest stops, mechanical service provided before the ride, support during the ride, lunch and music during the after-party. Register in advance for a free water bottle!
The Art of Survival Century on May 27 is a special ride experience.
Tucked away on the border of Oregon and California, the ride is an opportunity to ride through an otherworldly landscape teeming with birdlife.
New to century rides? This is the perfect event for you. With a maximum elevation of 2,800 feet, this is by far one of the flattest century rides around. The course is filled with adventure from lava beds to quiet towns, wild life refuges to powerful birds flittering alongside you as you ride.
A Memorial Day Weekend Getaway
The ride organizers know they’re far from the bright lights of the big city, that’s why they invite you to sink into the landscape and relax as you get away from the hustle and bustle of chaotic city life for a weekend of adventure in their natural playground. With Bend, Crater Lake, Mt. Shasta, Lassen National Park, Klamath Falls, Oakridge, and Summer Lake in the region and en route, you can pack your weekend with fun.
ROUTES: 117, 100, 45, 16, MTB Route
LOCATION: Tulelake, CA, just outside of Kalamath Falls
LODGING: Regional lodging or free camping on site at the event (recommended) with hot showers.
BRING THE POOCH!: Enjoy a long weekend of adventure with your travel buddy. While you ride, inexpensive dog care nearby at Ranch Dog Resort in Merrill
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Length: 75 Miles
Direction: Counter Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 5767 ft
Highest Point: 1845 ft
From Rubber to the Road:
“In my experience, no matter where I ride in the area, it has been impossible to climb above the 1700 foot barrier save for Larch Mountain. I have countless times crested a climb, only to see 1650, 1630, 1680 on my GPS. Was this a design of the road engineers or a natural phenomenon of the local mountains? Either way, it’s been infuriating for me. So you can imagine my delight when I crested George Rd on the Boring? Hardly ride and saw 1845 ft proudly displayed on my GPS. This is the 2nd highest point of this series.
Boring was named for W.H. Boring, an early resident of the area. Locals have embraced the name and have a town sign reading, “Boring, the most exciting place to live”. I’ll leave that debate up to you, but I can attest that the riding in the area is nothing short of outstanding. Even getting there is incredible with roads such as Butler and Sunshine Valley.
Eventually, you’ll arrive at Eagle Fern Park. Signs do not indicate that the park closes in the winter. I have been through the area in December and was pleased to find that I could still stop in at the bathrooms and fill my bottles. After the long climb to the top of George Rd, there is still plenty of elevation left to gain, including the hills on Kitzmiller and Tickle Creek, with plenty of undulation in between. At nearly 6000 ft of gain in 75 miles, this ride may have you looking for real estate in Boring, rather than riding home.”
This route comes to us courtesy of Rubber to the Road, the longstanding resource for interesting rides.
Sometimes when you’re headed out on a ride, it’s hard to get in a full breakfast before you hit the road… and give it enough time to settle. On days like this, a smoothie is an excellent choice. A variety with plenty of protein will keep you strong on the bike all day long. And, best of all, you can easily take your smoothie along for the ride in your water bottle.
If it’s a hot day, be sure to rinse your water bottle immediately after finishing the smoothie to avoid a mess.
Use a stainless steel water bottle for easier clean up. If you’re concerned about that little bit of extra weight, you’re crazy.
You can easily rinse out a stainless steel water bottle in a drinking fountain and transition it to be one of your water bottles for the rest of the day.
ORbike Packs a Punch Smoothie
Adjust ingredients to your taste or consistency preference.
1/4 cup almond or peanut butter (we prefer almond)
8 oz milk or milk alternative
1 cup greek yogurt – plain, coconut or vanilla
1 banana, preferably cut in pieces and frozen
1/4 cup pieced coconut – shredded or otheriwse (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
If you’re a sweet treat person, add a tablespoon or two of honey
Blend until smooth. Continue to add milk alternative until you are pleased with the consistency.
What fuels your ride
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