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Yesterday's Century...ugh.(4 posts)

Yesterday's Century...ugh.EJC
Jun 24, 2002 4:47 AM
One of local shops sponsored a wonderfully and professionally run century yesterday, and am I feeling the effects of it today!

It was a hot, muggy and humid day here in the North Country and we all felt it! BUT the group I was riding with managed to put down and maintain a fairly decent pace, at 24mph average. I can say with all certainty that I am whupped today! I haven't been putting in enough distance this year to make my body excapse such antics without soar muscles the next day!

All in all though, a wonderful time!

EJC
I feel your painPaulCL
Jun 24, 2002 5:21 AM
A week ago Sunday, I did one of those wonderfully and professionally run century rides.

It was hot (>90) and very muggy at the start. Unlike you, my 'group' bailed on me the night before. Actually, I was supposed to ride with two other guys both of whom had to pull out on Saturday night. The morning of the ride, I picked up with a couple of other riders, but no-one else would do the century due to the conditions.

After riding about 70 miles - most of it alone, up lots and lots of hills, the temps pushing 100, the humidity high enough to fog my glasses the minute I would stop, I decided to bail myself. Good thing, 'cause at the 75 mile mark (with only 5 or 6 miles to home) I had a semi-bonk. For the first time in my life, I had to get off the bike and lie down in the shade. Since I went off-course to come home early, there were no other riders or sag wagons around. After a nice ten minute rest, I limped home.

What a painful 80 miler. It sucked the life out of me for 48 hours. Ouch. That afternoon, I went to the pool with my wife and kids. I fell asleep in a chair poolside.
My solo metric century.....Dave Hickey
Jun 24, 2002 6:17 AM
I woke up at 5:45 and was on the road by 6:00. A great Texas morning. Temp was about 70 degrees at the start and no wind at all(rare for a Texas summer). I planned on doing about 50 miles and ending up doing 65 miles. Stopped twice for PowerAid. No traffic and no dogs. The only thing out of the ordinary was 5 dead rattle snakes on the road(snakes sleep on the roads at night because the asphalt is warmer than the ground). Probably one of my best rides of the year.
My solo century yesterday -- ahhhhhhhPdxMark
Jun 24, 2002 9:09 AM
I rode to the Oregon coast yesterday over lovely country roads, minimal traffic, lovely sunshine. Lots of marveling at the beautiful day and scenery. Made only one wrong turn. Rather than reconnect with my route by suffering through 4 miles of highway madness, I backtracked several miles to correct my wrong turn.

Did my usual solo century 6 hours (with 3500 feet of climbing). Also discovered that a hill I suffered up several weeks ago was marked as a 15% grade... Finished with a big omelette meal at the Otis Cafe. A perfect day.