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Getting ready for the ride

If you're a casual or beginning rider, here's how to get in great condition for a 15-mile ride at Fifth Third Bike the Drive.

If you are starting a fitness regimen, the first step is to discuss the plan with your doctor. Once the doctor gives his or her okay, follow the tips outlined below.

► Make a goal of riding at least three times a week for five weeks before the event.

► Start with rides of 20-30 minutes and slowly increase your riding time.

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► Pick one day each weekend for your longer ride. Do a two-hour ride at least once before the event.

► Consider bike commuting to work everyday; it's a great way to get ready for the ride.

► Sip water every 10-12 minutes while riding — even if you don’t feel thirsty. During hot weather, drink more.

► For rides longer than an hour, bring something to eat.

If you average 6 miles per hour while riding, your ride will be about two and a half hours. Add a half-hour to refuel at our rest stops, and you’ll complete your ride in about three hours. That means you have to start Fifth Third Bike the Drive by 6:30 a.m. Faster riders can start a little later to ensure they will be finished up by 9:30 a.m. The earlier you start the longer you ride! 


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