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1st solo century, quit at mi 11.7 (rambling non-haiku post)(39 posts)

1st solo century, quit at mi 11.7 (rambling non-haiku post)Js Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 7:44 AM
and a whopping 14.7 mph average.

considering the columbus day holiday, i had a day off work, where mrs. haiku had to work and haiku jr.'s daycare was open. decided saturday night to ride monday AM for 100-125 miles, starting early. sunday night arranged clothing, including neoprene tights and booties, PI amfib gloves, fleece headband, vest, windbreaker, put ensure in the fridge and pre-stocked with 50% water bottles and 50% g'ade bottles. was going to ride 4 or 5 ~25 mile out & backs from the front door, using the house as base of ops for fuel restocking and facilities, as well as spare bike if the ol' specialized complained along the route.

rode 48 minutes instead.

then sat on the couch and alternated between sleeping, eating neopolitan ice cream directly from a gallon tub, and drooling while watching the '95 giro d'italia on tape. got up, ate lunch. installed closetmaid organizers in several rooms of the house. ate lunch again. installed blinds. washed dishes. washed some clothes. drank some gatorade, edged and cut the front and back lawn.

my first solo-century that wasn't (actually my second, i'd planned to ride around the block 167 times back in june, but didn't). i worked hard on the bike in september, and leading up to september, and now feel it's time to slack off and eat too much before i turn 30 next month. between then and february i'll hit the trainer, gym, mountain bike and calculator to lose more weight, achieving "fighting weight" of 175 by late february, 20ish less my current figure (2000 fall 235-240, 2001 fall 190-195).

sometimes doing nothing can be more important than doing something. i think yesterday was more a day off for my head than the rest, though the ice cream sure helped my overall being (head, body, whatever).

ps: before you ask, birthday list: excel sports build-up of surly steamroller, 56 cm frame, $834 shipped. let me know if you need my address.
why'd ya stop? nmDog
Oct 9, 2001 7:48 AM
not entirely sure.Js Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 7:58 AM
the reason i gave myself:

took an inordinate amount of time just to get out the door, then i had to stop every .5 miles to adjust stuff, mostly clothing. seemed most problematic. typically, rides that start like this finish with either minor injuries, and home in bed, or major issues and in an emergency room.

the real reason:

i'm not totally sure. i started road riding to get stronger for the mtb, then grew beyond my boundaries and begain riding the road bike for its own challenges. i figure there's some suffering expected in most rides, depending upon how they're ridden. the suffering--all in my head--started before i got dressed for the bike.

just wasn't into it, i think. or maybe i wanted to do something else with my day off. there are so many things 'round the new house to be done, the vast majority of which can either be done by j-ku or by a paid service (blinds, closets, yard). those things were heavy on my mind when i woke that morning, and were really pulling me down on the bike. there's still much yet to do. i think i'm going to back off the bike mileage and increase the running here for a few weeks. just not having fun right now.

then again, perhaps i expected myself to use my day off to get more miles in, maybe out of habit or something else. sorta anti-climactic that my month of target rides for 2001 has passed.

on the other hand, if i could get to my cruiser or mtb things might change. there's an ocean of packed boxes and moving flotsam between the front of the garage and the non-essential bikes.
I agree - gotta like itDog
Oct 9, 2001 8:05 AM
I agree. If it doesn't feel good, usually that means you shouldn't do it. The first step is just to get out the door. If you do that, and still don't want to proceed, then you probably need either mental or physical rest.

Also, I almost found that my performance is inversely related to my preparation. My first double century I decided to do just two days in advance. Just threw my bike in the car and went and did it. Filled up on a bag of crunch Cheetos that morning for breakfast. I did fine, and was amazed. OTOH, times then I scientifically prepare every last detail seem to go badly. Who knows what the heck is going on. Maybe God just has an odd sense of humor.

Don't prepare. Just get up some morning, get on the bike, and just decide to go a 100 miles. That's how I did my first century over 20 years ago. I just kept riding, sort of like Forrest Gump.

preparation / performance: agreedJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:08 AM
my 2001 goals were the ms150 and local club fall century, consecutive weeks in september. i rode the chattanooga century, my first, on a lark. not a speedy attempt, 14.3 mph average and a total of 9+ hours, but it was my first century, and i survived! point in agreement: i hadn't even considered it 'til reading about the ride. caught myself thinking, "man, this is crazy hard, wonder how many years i'd have to be riding to do something like this?" two weeks later i'm there, four hours' drive away, granny gear, sweating up the mountain(s).

usually i have an idea of my ride, most frequently depending upon the amount of solo time i can squeek out of my daddy schedule. since yesterday was a blank check, i figured it'd be good to ride 100+. however, i did have a quiet urge to scale the yards of boxes in the garage and rescue the mtb; maybe (definately) next time.
Oct 9, 2001 7:53 AM
No haiku???

There is no acceptable excuse for that.

Oh, about that riding thing? Good for you.

spent my early-october haiku fuel on ishy's G.Z. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:09 AM
Yes but did it come out your nose? nmMB1
Oct 9, 2001 10:13 AM
OMGneopolitanicecreamandfosterslagerJSOMN!Js Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:26 AM
Oooohhhh baby, there's a combination!!! nmSpinchick
Oct 9, 2001 10:39 AM
You coming on to him?MB1
Oct 9, 2001 10:43 AM
So, you like a man that knows how to blow food out his nose, eh?

Can I show you my zits, baby? (Now there is a P/U line).
There's no accounting for taste. ;-) nmSpinchick
Oct 9, 2001 10:47 AM
zit? mb1=ishy?!?!?!? image of mrs. m shattered! nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:51 AM
Naw, he just stole Ishy's line. nmSpinchick
Oct 9, 2001 10:54 AM
ize only kiddin. ;-) nm/nhJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 11:03 AM
Me too - but he knows that... :-) nmSpinchick
Oct 9, 2001 11:04 AM
After this weekends wind fest Miss M took pity on my and madeMB1
Oct 9, 2001 1:06 PM
me a cheesecake. We had stopped in Safeway after dinner and I was eyeing the frozen desert section. Miss M said "I can do better than that." She sure did.

In a gesture of solidarity maybe I'll ride 11.7 today. But I ain't shooting any cheesecake out my nose-you gotta draw the line somewhere!
Please! nmMiss M
Oct 9, 2001 10:55 AM
Your biggest mistakeLC
Oct 9, 2001 8:33 AM
You would have been fine if you road 50 miles from your house and then the 50 miles home would just be getting home without much choice. The breaking it up into 25 mile loops from home was just too much temptation to quit. I probally would have felt the same way after a couple of loops, as the couch is just too tempting when you have the choice of that or a couple of inches of hard leather.
agree, for the most partJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:12 AM
if i'd buried myself in 50 miles i'd not have had a choice, aside from a cellphone bailout. but, i've never (in the history of j-ku cycling) had a drive problem--this wasn't one.

ps: you said, "couple inches of hard leather." huh, huh, uh-huh hmmm huh huh.
Expectations..........Len J
Oct 9, 2001 8:50 AM
can sometimes make or break my rides. If I have really high expectations, I seem to notice the first thing that doesn't go exactly right, and then it seems to snowball. If I have low expectations, every upside becomes a gift, I seem to enjoy everything so much better. Sounds nuts but its true. I've gotten to the point where if I can look at any ride as a "ride of discovery", where I remind myself to look for & acknowledge any new learning or view or whatever new, then the ride becomes wonderful. Can't always do this but it has helped.

Sometimes the heart just isn't into it and the best thing to do is go have ice cream on the couch. Congratulations on paying close attention to yourself. It can be recharging.

That's depressingmickey-mac
Oct 9, 2001 9:12 AM
I mean, it's good that you listened to your body and mind and did what felt right for you. However, the thought of a rare day free of familial obligations not being spent on a long, rambling bike ride makes me sad.

P.S. Did you at least finish the whole gallon? ;-)
only 1/2 gallon left when i started. now it's gone. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:14 AM
re: 1st solo century, quit at mi 11.7 (rambling non-haiku post)morey
Oct 9, 2001 9:14 AM
My first Century I though would be a snap. After all, I had seen some of the people that did it. I thought this would be very easy for me. Well, after mile 30, I thought I was going to die, at 55 I though that I had. If it was not the fact that I was riding with a girl, who seemed not to be having the same problem, I would have never finished!!!
yep, girls rock. sounds like you were trying to match her,...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:17 AM
on the other hand, old runner friend of mine would maintain a pretty good speed in 5Ks and other events 'til he found "inspiration", then slow to her speed and stay back a few feet.

this would not have been my first century, and would not have been a particularly difficult one, comparatively. just my first solo century+ effort.

thanks for the input!
excuse my haikutarwheel
Oct 9, 2001 9:51 AM
solo century?
not haiku guy's day to ride
eat, sleep, mow instead

saddle or sofa?
my dear, the choice is clear
hand me the remote

one hundred mile ride
biking season almost gone
well, maybe next year

haiku guy's one goal
hundred miles of solitude
eleven sounds good

a hundred mile ride
neopolitan ice cream
is that a fair choice?
hundred miles verus | neopolitan gallon | not hard decision NMJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 10:21 AM
Wow, whole Haiku in topic line--Impressive! (nm)mickey-mac
Oct 9, 2001 10:27 AM
Ya won't see THAT in a golf forum! :o) -nmTig
Oct 9, 2001 10:37 AM
They'd have to learn to write, first! :-)look271
Oct 9, 2001 12:57 PM
Anyway, it's ok to wimp out from time to time. Sometimes it's best if you just "chill." When this happens to me, my wife says "what!? You didn't ride!?" Kinda freaks her out. As for the neopolitan ice cream; wouldn't have been a temptation. Had it been Rocky road, Death by chocolate, chubby hubby (you get the picture), THAT would have been it!
re: it is all in your mindcyclopathic
Oct 9, 2001 3:22 PM
there's no difference in riding 10,20,50,100,200,300 or 500or 750mi. it is all stupid numbers.

if we had km you would have as much trouble to ride 100km.
Agree with DOg this is not a kind of thing you should plan, put your nikies on and just do it

PS true story (not a haiku)

Once I took a friend on good 25mi mnt bike ride kind of ride were you're happy you avg 6mph, real rocks, drops, tight switch backs, 5,000' of climbing (climbs that you either walk or ride in granny standing and stop every minute).

He bonked, start cramping around mile 16. I gave him all my food, we walked last 1,300' climb /it wasn't ridable anyways/ got to the top.

Talked about horse which broke his leg up there and they had to shoot it, bones still around. Then rode down to my car, nice technical downhill, but I am sure he couldn't enjoy it.

When he got down he wasn't able to put his bike on rack, and fall asleep in 10min, but he did not complain. I still remember the thing he said: "You know I am pretty sure when I am 80 and I can't get up and take a piss I will remeber this ride. I am glad I did it".

there're some things you just have to do. be a man.
If you're hearts not in it...Dutchy
Oct 9, 2001 6:07 PM
Everyone has days when they just don't feel like riding. I used to push through on those days and ride anyway. After the ride I felt a sense of achievement. Eventually it got to the point where I couldn't even contemplate riding, I even thought about selling my road bike, I just wasn't enjoying it. So I took a year off. The year after my sabbatical I bought an FS MTB and spent most of 98/99 riding that, it became fun again. Since the end of 99 I have been back on the road bike (the one I was going to sell) and am enjoying it more than ever. Now on those rare days when I leave home and I don't feel like my heart is in it I turn around and go home. I have only done this twice this year, one day was 40 C the other was raining cats & dogs.
You have to enjoy riding otherwise there is no point.

PS I always ride solo. So this can make it hard sometimes to get motivated.
Someone mentioned Foster's Lager!Dutchy
Oct 9, 2001 6:11 PM
For what it's worth. I don't know a single Aussie that drinks Fosters. Australian's don't drink it, why do you think we export so much of the stuff :-)
Give me a Crown Lager anyday.
foster's bottled in canada. nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 10, 2001 5:24 AM
Oct 9, 2001 6:48 PM
I didn't think anything could be more boring than your haiku b.s. Now I know I was wrong.

Humma's story about how he was going to buy a road bike... but didn't. Now that's a close second.
that's rude nmDog
Oct 11, 2001 5:36 AM
Now who do I have to look up to? ( Thanks a Lot) :)RandyMH
Oct 10, 2001 4:39 PM
superheroes have tights drycleaned from time to time. :-) nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 5:00 AM
They also wear their underwear on the outside. Why's that? NMLazy
Oct 11, 2001 10:50 AM