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I just rode my first Century.....(13 posts)

I just rode my first Century.....mlester
Jun 12, 2002 4:03 AM
....or at least tried to. It was a long day. First my riding partner woke up an hour late, which in turn got us on our bikes two hours after we had originally wanted to, considering we had a two hour drive to get to the start line. Sixty miles into the ride, I experienced cramping in both legs and chose to be better safe than sorry and accept a ride back from the sag wagon. A little disappointed in myself for this but I am taking it as a learning experience for next time...more water, less gatorade, more bananas, and definitely sunscreen.

Keep at itMcAndrus
Jun 12, 2002 4:47 AM
If you're like the rest of us you'll grow to like it a lot. They get easier with repetition.
Keep at itmlester
Jun 12, 2002 5:05 AM
Oh, I like it a lot already. One of the reasons I am so disappointed that I wasn't able to complete what I had set out to do. There were a lot of hills though...not one of my strong points yet.
Keep at it but...mr_spin
Jun 12, 2002 6:39 AM
If you are cramping, think more gatorade, not less. No one really knows why cramps happen, but keeping a good supply of electrolytes seems to help quite a bit. Water doesn't have electrolytes, gatorade (and most other sports drinks) does. Electrolytes are basically salts (sodium, potassium), so stop off at a fast food joint and grab some of those salt packages to carry with you. If all you have is water, swallow one of the packages or mix it into your bottle. It sounds a little disgusting, but it pays off in a big way.
...and stretching. don't forget to stretch! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 12, 2002 6:42 AM
Keep at itsievers11
Jun 12, 2002 6:49 AM
Drink a ton of fluid, and you are right the potassium in the bananas help you from cramping. Don't put down my Gatorade though, I find I like the taste much better and conciquently I drink more and more is better on long hot rides. Plus I am not as hungry, which helps to avoid bonking.

For what it is worth here is a little advice to avoid bonking, all three are equally important (fluid, food, pace):
- 250-300 calories an hour (1 powerbar or 2 gu)
- 1 bottle of fluid an hour
- Pace yourself, know your pace

hint that works: do a solid 50 mile ride in the same conditions as your century. (hills/hot) Take you average pace and subtract 2 m/hr. So if you average 22 m/hr then try to average 20 m/hr on the century. Try to avoid swaping to anerobic, this is when your body starts burning your reserve energy and you will eventually run out. Sprinting and climbing hard are easy ways to burn off your reserve.

Keep at it the more you ride the easier it becomes. It is also better if everything is prepared and stress free when you start the ride. If you plan to start at 7:00 be at the start at 6:15, when you start showing up 1-2 hours late you put too much stress on yourself being pissed off as well as trying to hurry your ride.
Jun 12, 2002 6:59 AM
Is that the farthest you've ridden so far? If so, that's a great acheivement!

If not, don't let it get you down. Even after getting a couple Centuries under your belt (butt, whatever) don't be surprised if this happens again. Happens to the best of us!

Cheers! :)
Before a Century...Me Dot Org
Jun 12, 2002 7:17 AM
I eat several calcium-enriched tums. It helps smooth the road food, and calcium helps with cramping. This is meant to augment, not replace, the electrolyte replacement others are talking about.

My theory is we sweat gradually, and we should drink gradually. Even when I'm just doing a 20 or 40 mile ride, I try to get in the habit of taking sips when I can, even a little sip at every red light.

As to the sunscreen, don't forget the back of the neck. Go a little BELOW the jersey line.

Best of luck next time.
I second that, plus..........Rode Warrior
Jun 12, 2002 9:12 AM
Legs, sunscreen on the legs. Yes, most of you already know that, but I just got a huge wakeup call.

Steve (looking like a snake)
re: I just rode my first Century.....Joshua
Jun 12, 2002 3:45 PM
I too just tried my first century. I made it 76 miles 2 out of 3 of the loops. I couldnt do the third due to time constraints. I also woke up late and had a long drive. Gatorade has electrolytes wich are important to help keep you hydrated but there is such a thing as an electrolyte imbalance that can be caused usually by to little but occasionaly too much electrolytes. Its important to drink water too. However too much water can cause h2o toxcicity and I personally know of one fatal case that happened not too long ago. Not to a cyclist but to a Marine. Be sure to alternate because both are a nessecity.
re: I just rode my first Century.....mlester
Jun 13, 2002 3:21 AM
"I also woke up late"

Josh, I didn't say I woke up late...I said you did. LOL.

We'll finish the next one.

mark lester? (nm)mickey-mac
Jun 12, 2002 8:43 PM
mike not mark.....mlester
Jun 13, 2002 3:21 AM