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First century completed(20 posts)

First century completedJL
Aug 26, 2001 9:22 AM
I finally did it. Finished my first century yesterday (Shore Fire Century). Delaware/Eastern Maryland is flat and the WIND was brutal down there at times, but I still did it in just over 6 hours total. I had to stop for a flat.

Luckily I threw some duct tape in the bag, after reading a thread here the other day, and used some for a tire boot. I was sure the hole would cause another flat if I didn't. It held up for 50+ miles. Makes me question the move the front tire to back, and replace the front theory. At least with the Axial Pros. Only gave me 300 or so extra miles over the old rear. Though it could have been some of the roads we were on too.

I feel great today, and got a 5 mile walk in with the wife/kids. But I know it will hit me more tomorrow. Can't wait for the next one. I took a lot of what I've read here and used it before/during/after the ride.

Just thought I'd take my turn to brag

Happy riding.

Aug 26, 2001 10:00 AM
Flatting on a century is a drag. That's one ride where you don't want to spend a lot of time by the side of the road.

Congradulations on finishing, and feeling good. From your recovery, it sounds like you did all of the right preparations...
re: First century completedVictorChan
Aug 26, 2001 12:08 PM
Congrat and more details, please. I am planning to do my first official century ride, 9/23, NYC MS Bike Tour (will do 60 miles). The last time I did it was a tag along thing (NYC bike day). How many miles? What did you eat? In my daily training ride, the most I could do is about 39 miles (NYC and there aren't much bike worthy road to ride on). It took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes and I had already emptied two water bottles filled with energy drink and eaten one PowerBar already.
re: First century completedJon Billheimer
Aug 26, 2001 12:53 PM
Well done! One more member of the "hooked-on-riding" fraternity.
re: First century completedJL
Aug 26, 2001 7:15 PM
This was my second attempt. I tried 2 weeks ago at another with a friend, but the lightning and constant rain for the first half, stopped me and friend short of the goal. I knew this one was coming, so I went for it.

Details: Total time: 6hr. 20min. Actual Ride time: 5 hr. 49min. Stupid flat. It was 102.6 miles according to the cue sheet. My computer said a little less.

There were 5 stops, I skipped the first one at 21 miles. I ate a lot of fig newtons, bananas and two Clif bars. The fig newtons tended to go down easier than the Clif though. I had some of the snacks at the rest stops and refilled two 24oz. bottles at each one. I started with Accelarade for a drink, but had to go to water and Gatorade which the ride supplied when that ran out. I've been working all year for the "century season". Last week I did an "impromptu" 84 miles from my house. I road to start of the "botched" century attempt and road the "missed" half and then home again. On that, I ate a Clif bar every hour or so, and stopped at a local farm stand/orchard that I knew had cakes and stuff.

If you do 39 miles, 60 should be well within your reach. I had put some 50-80 mile rides in over the last few weeks, but do as much as you can. I also cut back during the week of the event. I didn't ride at all the prior day, and just spun briefly on Thursday. Tuesday and Wednesday I did some "normal" rides.

Too many obligations in Sept., so it looks like October for the next one. "The Savage" here I come.

Happy riding and good luck in the NYC MS ride.

what's a century?Alexandre
Aug 26, 2001 1:00 PM
I'm portuguese and don't know what you call a century (100 miles perhaps??).
what's a century?SamDC
Aug 26, 2001 1:03 PM
Yup, you got it. It's a 100 mile bike ride. There are also metric centuries that are 100 kilometers (62.14 miles). However, when people say that they rode century they are refering to the English untis.
First century completed: Congratulations!cyclopathic
Aug 26, 2001 1:15 PM
After I read you message I realized I did my first triple century week before last.
It was in the middle of the ride so I got caught up and didn't realize it, bummer!

if you've got hooked on ultra endurance riding, there're at least 2 training centuries every weekend, courtesy of DC brevet group, more info on check Weekend Training Rides

Very good cue sheets, lunch stops, bail out options for 50 and 75mi, friendly people diff levels reccomend
Me Too...Same one!!Debby
Aug 26, 2001 2:02 PM
Congratulations to both of us!
Definitely. Did they teach you the secret handshake afterwards?Humma Hah
Aug 26, 2001 2:29 PM
You grab the offered hand and use it to steady yourself as your knees shake.

Contrats! You're in the club, too!
Definitely. Did they teach you the secret handshake afterwards?Debby
Aug 26, 2001 5:27 PM

Sorry about the short post earlier - I wasn't supposed to be on the computer except to do a quick email check (daughter's birthday today). Couldn't resist posting when I saw JL's post!

Can't believe I actually went through with the 100, because I didn't quite train for it and thought it wouldn't be a smart thing to do, but I felt good so I went for it! My longest training ride this year was only 50 miles but it included hills and the Shore Fire is flat so maybe that made up the difference. Yesterday morning I thought that if I rode the whole century I wouldn't be able to walk the next day, but I felt great today! Now I can't wait to see how I improve after I get some more time in.

Something ironic occured to me at about mile 97 - I waited over 25 years to do a White Clay Century! When I was in high school, I was really obsessed with cycling (learned to overhaul and repair on my old junky 10-speeds). I wasn't a member of WCBC, and the only club rides I did were with another local club. I wanted to do a century, but when I called WCBC to register, they wouldn't let me. (Mostly guys back then) On the day of the century, I decided to ride my bike down to Newark and ride it anyway (yeah sure it was only 15 miles away ha ha). Of course I didn't have a cue sheet, and got a late start. After a while, it started to rain, and I didn't have a clue where I was (turned out to be Avondale/Westgrove PA) and got discouraged and gave up. I had to call my Dad and he picked me up.

This time my Dad met me at the finish line (the course runs past his house and the finish line wasn't far from there).

I'm just getting back into cycling after a long layoff (school, kids, job, etc). I've been into running for the last few years (it seems to take up less time), but now that the kids are older, I have more time and I'm getting back to bikes. REALLY back into bikes! ha ha - you should see the basement!
Are you going to try the Savage?JL
Aug 26, 2001 7:18 PM
That's the next one I'm "allowed" to do. I have too much on the plate for Sept. around the house/family things for one before that :(

I had originally planned 3 for this fall, but that is definitely the next one on the list. Looks cool. I prefer the hills over the wind. Flat is nice, but it does get a little monotonous.

Good luck on your future rides and congrats again. They certainly didn't short change us like other rides.

John L.
Congrats...back at ya'JL
Aug 26, 2001 7:00 PM
It was fun. The flat sucked and I tightened up a bit while fixing it, but the ride was good. The WIND was pretty bad down near Goldsboro and those areas, but it did go away somewhere during the second half. Glad you had fun too.

Congrats to you.

John L.
Welcome to the club ...Humma Hah
Aug 26, 2001 2:26 PM
... your first century is a rite of passage in cycling. Sounds like you did a good job of it.

I know just what you mean about not being able to wait for the next. They're addictive!
hey Hummacyclopathic
Aug 26, 2001 3:48 PM
how come you missed THE VIRGIN GRANDMOTHER century on Sat?
there were only 4 9% climbs :-)
This was a cabin weekend ...Humma Hah
Aug 26, 2001 8:04 PM
... I was up in the mountains with my mom, sister, and bro'-in-law (he's 60-something, about 10% bodyfat, resting pulse in the low 40's, and part of my inspiration to get fit).

I haven't been keeping up with formal centuries -- was that the one held in MD? (I'm in VA now.)

I'm scheduled for a buck-and-a-half in a couple of weekends, probably will do another informal century with MB1 in late Sept, unless I decide to kill myself with the Warrenton brevet on 22 Sept.
re: Warrentoncyclopathic
Aug 27, 2001 6:07 AM
brevet isn't that bad (I think this century was harder).
Yes climbs are steep, but they short, there's only one 1mi climb.
It took me 9hr in March to ride it, I think I could do it under 8 now.
If I have time I'd come by see you there.

Most of Crista rides originate in western MD (Frederick, Hagerstown, Emmitsburg) and then wander into PA were the hills are. There're also rides around Front Royal/Warrenton
Welcome to the club ...JL
Aug 26, 2001 7:21 PM
Thanks Humma Hah.

I had a donut just for you, on the way to the ride. I wish the next one was sooner, but it will have to wait until Oct. The century not the donut :)

Happy riding.

Way to go!!!! nmjagiger
Aug 26, 2001 5:03 PM
Aug 26, 2001 7:11 PM
Did my first (and, so far, only) one in July. Didn't know it would be so hard, or so rewarding. It will make you feel good about yourself for some time to come.