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Thanks to the Board -- Successful Century(3 posts)

Thanks to the Board -- Successful CenturyHMS
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! Nmjagiger
Sep 13, 2001 7:07 AM