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1st Century- Veni, Vidi, Vici !(3 posts)

1st Century- Veni, Vidi, Vici !js5280
Sep 13, 2001 2:52 PM
Completed my first century ride Sunday, the "Road Ramble" for the Emily Griffith Center which helps troubled children. A 102 mile course about 25 miles north of Colorado Springs (Larkspur/Palmer Lake area) Started out a very cold 40 degree morning with snow on the ground (ah, love that unpredictable Colorado weather) and frost covering everything when I drove in at 7am. Fortunately I was well prepared with arm and leg warmers (ahhhh, the zippers supposed go to the back. . .) and an extra jacket till the sun burned away the cold and crept back into the 70's. Beautiful countryside, haven't spent any time in this part of Colorado but it looked like a great place to ride when driving tween Denver and the Springs. Long rolling hills throughout to keep things interesting and keep that body temp up while it was cold. The route headed south to the Air Force Academy which has a really nice 15 mile loop with some moderate hills (3-4%) around the perimeter. From there you head east to the Black Forest region with more moderate steady climbs while in the trees. Once on top there was a slight downhill into the plains. Nice countryside at 25 mph. I'd hate to be out there with a screaming headwind, absolutely no shelter at all. After that, you start heading back after the halfway point. My legs and the rest of the body were feeling great at 50 miles in. 60-70 miles always seems to be the time the pain (mostly my lower back) kicks in for me. I've ridden a couple 60-70 mile rides before. The ride back was through many rollers amidst a steady climb. Had they been anywhere else in the ride, I don't think they'd be that bad. My mental goal was to stick it out for 80 miles/next aid station. Once there, popped down some Advil, took off my leg warmers, stretched out the back for a bit, and reminded myself that 20 miles is shorter than my commute to work. Felt much better as I visualized that my now uncovered legs were really brand new legs. I don't think the legs caught on because they felt pretty good again. Finally had a nice downhill to rest up, hit 42 mph (was hoping for more because that was previous top speed record) and another moderate climb back to the starting point. Finished in approximately 6 hours 30 minutes (spin time, about 7:30 total, including two pump stops for a slow leak). I was hoping to come in under 6 hours, but the primary goal was to finish. Playing around w/ the DeLorme topo software, I figure there was about 7200 ft. of climbing in total but most really gradual (2%-4%) Thanks to all who posted Century tips, they came in handy. I made sure to bring plenty of power bars for along the way, used Cytomax (4 bottle) w/ two salt packets added, and resisted chasing after some of the faster groups. It was great to get out into some pacelines (usually ride solo) although I'd say that was only about 30% of the time. Overall a really nice ride, one that I'd do again next year schedule permitting. I know it won't be my last!
js5280, Thanks for the report!!Cima
Sep 13, 2001 3:04 PM
We woke up to 4" of wet, spring-like snow on the western slope on my fishing trip, so I was wondering what kind of weather existed east of the divide.

Glad to read the ride went well. Great area, isn't it!! Congrats.

CC
next yearmr_spin
Sep 13, 2001 4:09 PM
Get your first century in early, like March or April. I don't know if that's possible in Colorado, but let's say it is for the sake of argument.

With one confidently done, now you can aim for two or three or four more over the spring and summer. And don't wimp out--since you have the Rockies, I'm sure you can find one that does double-digit climbing! Now you have some specific training goals that will carry you through the peak season.

Call me crazy, but it's a lot easier to get out of the house sometimes if you have goals. My goal this year is a century a month, which I've kept up so far (including this month already). Actually, I've ridden about 17 this year. Luckily, California weather allows that sort of thing!