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First Century(6 posts)

Oct 1, 2001 11:11 AM
Just finished my first Century yesterday. The ride started at 8:00 AM. Left the start area all together and soon a small group of 6 riders started pulling away from the crowd it included the guy I was with and so I caught up and stayed with them. It seemed they were going at it harder than I wanted At times I struggled to keep the pace. On one small Mt climb about 30 miles in I lost the wheel of the guy in front of me and was being dropped. My friend pulled back and told me to get on his wheel so I did and we caught the group again. The six of us stayed together to the 45 mile mark. I will tell you two of the guys in the six when they were out front really had me on the edge it was always a relief when others took their turn at the front. Well, when we got to the 45 mile mark it turned out that 4 of the guys were doing the 70 mile loop and they took off in that direction. So that left Steve and I out front by ourselves on the 100 mile loop. He did the majority of the work for the rest of the ride. Out front most of the time he really is hell of a bike rider. I got very week at about the 80 mile mark and could not hold his wheel on small climbs at this point. He recognized and gave me a Cliff bar as we peddled at a reduced speed and after about 15 min I could feel a big difference. Went from wondering if I could finish to feeling fairly strong and finished feeling pretty good.
I give him credit for pushing me to the edge and doing most of the work in the end. We finished with a time of 4:56:33
It was very long and hard but worth all the effort.
Oct 1, 2001 11:33 AM
being your first century thats pretty fast, i did my first century in 5:36.
Pretty impressive!look271
Oct 1, 2001 12:30 PM
Last year I did a flat century with 6 othe guys in a paceline and finished a little faster than you. However; we all stayed together and like I said. it was FLAT.Great job, even if you just "hung on!"
make me feel whimpy!Roxy
Oct 1, 2001 12:58 PM
I just did my second century in two weeks and was happy with a 7 hour time (LOTS of food stops on this ride).

Great job! Feels good, huh?!?!
Great job!!!!!Jon
Oct 1, 2001 1:03 PM
I only know a couple of people who broke five hours on their first century. One is a woman who
did her first century and first Ironman last year. Guess what? She was third in Canadian Ironman
this year. So that puts you in pretty good company.
re: First Centuryharlett
Oct 1, 2001 2:44 PM
steve sounds like the friend everyone needs. sounds like he knew just when to encourage you with his actions. your the one that pushed yourself through it though. great effort and great finish time