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Sweet & Sour 1st Century [longish](5 posts)

Sweet & Sour 1st Century [longish]jagiger
Sep 12, 2001 5:24 AM
I finished my 1st Century Sunday & it was really nice accomplishment.

The Sweet - Part I

It was "The Flatest Century in the East" in RI, real scenic, well organize & nice group of riders & volunteers. I went out too fast with this couple I met, but soon dropped back & eventually found someone to ride most of the 2nd half, a real plus to help pass the miles. I ate & drank enough & had no problems. I finished strong which made me feel great. (probably due to the fact that I was averaging over 200mi/week for the past 3weeks. It was a fun time.

The Sour - Parts I & II

The transmission on my pickup blew on my way to the race. The Mazda gets a DNF & probably a DOA. I shouldn't complain as I've gotten 145K, but I didn't expect it to end this way. After the tow back home, I headed back out & arrived later than expected at the hotel. Along the way I was dipping into the snacks that I'd prepared to eat before & after the race. Too much sugar & too edgy trying to get some shut eye (big mistake).

During the ride, I stopped to figure out a turn. I ended up following a couple on tandem who claimed to have the turn figured. They seemed nice, talked about riding, Centuries etc. I told them that this was my 1st Century. I was surprised to say the least when we came to the 38mi checkpoint that it was the end of the line for them & it was not part of the Century course. The couple just walked away...c'est la vie.

The Sweet Part II

With the help of the race folks, they pointed me in the right direction to get back on track. One guy figured that I'd add on 15-20 miles & he suggested doing the 75miler & getting the 100 that way. I wasn't too thrilled with that idea, so I thought that I'd head out to the 50 mile check point & see what the damages were. I had to take a really well traveled highway which was not recommended & I found out why (too much high speed traffic, gas stations, outlets & the "not to be missed 'Kings Court'" strip club. I did get back without problem. It took me about 15+ milers but only added 3+miles overall. Needless to say I was real pleased & continue. Finishing was sweet, considering everything & I met some nice people rest of the way.

Thanks to all for your responses, tips, suggestions & encouragement, which really helped!!
re: Sweet & Sour 1st Century [longish]PatM
Sep 12, 2001 6:08 AM
Congrats ! I to was there on Sunday, did not feel as strong as you sounded at the end, my third century this year, but the head wind for the last 25-30 and being by myself took a lot out of me. I think I know where you went of course, that was pretty confusing I saw more than a few confused there. This was my first organized century, and I have to say that it was very well organized and lots of nice people - I can't wait to next year ! Sorry about your truck !
re: Sweet & Sour 1st Century -- Thanks msgjagiger
Sep 12, 2001 6:49 AM
I'm glad to see that you enjoyed TFCE as well.

I was ranting about how scenic it was to my wife, saying that we should go back and ride a part of it. My wife's a very casual ride, but she has been riding with my sister-in-law so I thought she might have some interest. I was surprised & please, when she said that she might want to do the 25 miler. The next day, we are on a 3-way conference call & my wife's arguing with her sister that she should be able to finish 25 mi, since that did 8mi on Saturday. I kept quite & smiled to myself.(contageous stuff, I guess!!)
re: Sweet & Sour 1st Century [longish]Chuck D
Sep 12, 2001 9:01 AM
That WAS a great day wasn't it! Kind of spoiled by the events of the week I suppose but a sweet memory all the same. There are few centurys I know of that are as well supported and organized as TFCE. My only problem...I lost my magnet....oh well.....
Maybe see you there next year!
TFCE Magnetjagiger
Sep 12, 2001 10:52 AM
As luck would have it, I picked up a magnet at the 38mi point when I was lead astray. If you'd like, I'll pass it along. E-mail me at jagiger@home.com

We just may see you next year. I've mentioned TFCE & she feels that the 25miler might be something for her & her sister. Great course & great org, etc.