|Thanks to the Board -- Successful Century||HMS|
Sep 13, 2001 5:51 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.
|Congrats- Time for a double now? ;) (NM)||peloton|
Sep 13, 2001 6:50 AM
|Congrats & good luck on the next one! Nm||jagiger|
Sep 13, 2001 7:07 AM