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Thanks to the Board -- Successful Century(20 posts)

Thanks to the Board -- Successful CenturyHMS
Sep 13, 2001 5:49 AM
Last Saturday (9/8), I completed by first century (the Baltimore Bicycle Club's Civil War Century). I rarely post on this board, but I do check it frequently. Without the many suggestions on this board regarding centuries (e.g., get plenty of sleep beforehand, eat and drink regularly during the ride, etc.), I doubt that I would have made it. I would like to thank all of you that post regularly. Just because some (many?) of us do not respond to various threads does not mean that we are not listening.

Although there is little that I can say in the way of suggestions for surviving a century that has not been said here during the past few months, I do have something to say for people who lurk here and have not done a century yet. You can do it. I am 42. Until last summer, I had not been on a bike for more that a handful of times since I was a teenager. I first bought a hybrid to ride with my daughters and caught the riding bug. I rode the hybrid regularly last summer and bought a road bike last fall (Trek 5200). I usually do one 30 mile ride during the week, a short ride (20-30 miles) on one weekend day and a long ride (40-60 miles) on the other weekend day. Although I had done a few 70 mile rides and one very flat, windless 92 mile ride, I never had tried to do a century. The Civil War Century, which was actually 103 miles, had four significant climbs. Although I was no speed demon (7 hours, 6 minutes in the saddle; 7 hours, 48 minutes with breaks), I had no real difficulty with the ride.

I can't wait to do my next century -- any suggestions for centuries over the next month in the Mid-Atlantic (I live near Baltimore) would be appreciated.
Come to the NSA/OCE century Sept 29th in ManassasMB1
Sep 13, 2001 5:56 AM
and meet some of the regulars of this forum. Information was posted last week on this site.
hey MB1cyclopathic
Sep 13, 2001 6:35 AM
are you riding 200km brevet on Sept 22?
Maybe Backwards.MB1
Sep 13, 2001 6:56 AM
We have seen that route enough so it doesn't have much appeal. We are however thinking about doing the route backwards. It would be sort of fun, a change and we would get to see how everyone is doing.
re: Maybe Backwards.cyclopathic
Sep 13, 2001 7:08 AM
well I'll be there if my arm heals enough.
I did it in spring, kinda wonder how long it'll take me this time.
What happened to your arm? nmMB1
Sep 13, 2001 7:10 AM
re: crashcyclopathic
Sep 13, 2001 7:28 AM
I crashed in race on gravel fireroad turn @~25mph. 20 stitches oh well
Right on! If you don't crash once in a while you aren't havingMB1
Sep 13, 2001 7:32 AM
enough fun. Get well soon.

Miss M didn't need stitches and she stopped wearing the bandages about 1/2 way through Sundays ride. My crash is coming soon.
re: your crashcyclopathic
Sep 13, 2001 8:26 AM
hope not on downhill!

I rode a century with Chuck and Crista and while I clocked 51mph going downhill they hit 63. He is a fearless pilot
Tandems are amazingly stable.MB1
Sep 13, 2001 8:42 AM
But we never push the downhills. We just like to ride nice & steady the whole way. Since I commute in DC I figure I already where my next crash is just don't know when.
re: commute?cyclopathic
Sep 13, 2001 9:53 AM
alone what route?
I am trying to get a job I can commute to and yes I will have to commute through SE
Come to the NSA/OCE century Sept 29th in ManassasHMS
Sep 13, 2001 7:59 AM
Thanks for the suggestion -- I found your earlier post on the ride. Assuming that there are no family plans on the calendar at home (my calendar here at work is clear), I plan to do it.
RSVP for snow cones. nmMB1
Sep 13, 2001 8:08 AM
Yes, do come ...Humma Hah
Sep 13, 2001 6:34 AM
...First, you're about my speed. Wanna practice pacelining?

Second, MB1 and Miss M are two of the finest folk I've ever met in cycling, a true pleasure to ride with.

Third, its a great little route, a tour of Virginia countryside.

Its a self-supported ride, i.e. no SAG stops, but there are country stores along the route. We typically stop for sandwiches about half way. MB1 provides cue sheets, and I've ridden the route earlier this year. Its free, snow cones at the finish also free.
re: some suggestionscyclopathic
Sep 13, 2001 7:14 AM
there's 200km (125mi) brevet on Sep 22 out from Warrenton, VA.
more info at Washington Randonneuring
Congratulations........Len J
Sep 13, 2001 7:16 AM
I did the same ride. Nice country, good hills and good company.

Keep it up.

You didn't drink the cytomax, did you?(nm)Len J
Sep 13, 2001 3:21 PM
You didn't drink the cytomax, did you?(nm)HMS
Sep 15, 2001 11:36 AM
I did drink the cytomax. I felt like I was going to vomit at the end of the ride. But, I was able to keep myself together. No more cytomax for me.
I did the 75 mile route. There certainly were a couple ofbill
Sep 13, 2001 7:35 AM
hills, by east coast standards, of course. You all on the continental divide or the left coast may sneer, but for us, it was hilly. My altimeter in my little P-Brain computer proved it was a toy by logging 8,000 feet of climbing -- other little toys differed by 2,000 feet. Wonder (a little) what it was really, if for no other reason than to learn something about my toy.
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful route. Great time.
re: Thanks to the Board -- Successful Century53x12
Sep 13, 2001 7:45 AM
Just to let you know. I raced a lot in the mid 80's. I quit riding when I went off to college, law school, etc. About 3 months ago I pulled the old 'vintage' DeRosa with campy SR parts out of the barn put it together and started to ride. Now, I am not in the same shape I was when I was 17-18, in fact I haven't exercised since then.(Except for the 12oz curls) I did my first century in 15 years last Sat. in Birmingham AL. My training up until this time consisted of riding 15 miles a day for 3 months at high to maximum heart rate. I did the ride in 6 hours. This also includes 3 rest stops. In fact, my buddy who had only been riding for a month and a half finish this ride in 6.5 hours. So, my point is it can be done. It's a lot of fun. Any time you can ride one; ride.