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first century(15 posts)

first centurymlester
Sep 9, 2002 4:00 AM
well, i tried to do my first about 4 months ago and failed. improper nutrition, no sunblock, improper hydration...etc.

anyway, yesterday i completed my first century. 102 miles through ri and ma...(the flattest century in the east). had there been hills, i may not have made it. it was an experience to say the least and a personal milestone. will i do another? maybe. when i am in better shape. as for now, how long and when should i do a recovery ride?
Congratulations! Feels good, doesn't it?!jtferraro
Sep 9, 2002 4:19 AM
I was considering doing that same ride but it filled up very quickly! I'm not sure what the best bet for the recovery ride would be but would be curious to know, too. I think I didn't ride the next two days after my first century but then went mountain biking the 3rd day later.

-Jeff
Good job, fellow TFCE rider...RhodyRider
Sep 9, 2002 5:10 AM
That really is a nice route, isn't it?!? Except for the miles in and through New Bedford, that is - that part sucks every year. (Did you see that spectacular auto accident right out of the 52 mile rest stop, by the way? Yikes!)
As far as a recovery ride, I'd suggest taking today off if you are really wanged and then do a flat easy spin of about 25-30 miles tomorrow (Tuesday.) You'll be fresh as a daisy after that. Congrats, glad you enjoyed the ride.
That was a great route.mlester
Sep 9, 2002 5:45 AM
I did really enjoy the scenery, but missed the accident you mentioned after the 52 rest stop...probably happened long before I got there. I managed to average a low 15.2 and I think my total ride time was around 6 hrs 45 min. Cool to see someone else who rode that on this board, thanks for the response

-ml
Congratulations !PatM
Sep 9, 2002 8:01 AM
TFCE is a great ride, this was my second one, the last 20 miles sucked for me, even though I have been doing 85-90 miles with no problem. I think I think it was a poor nights sleep. I didn't bonk or anything, I just ended up going a lot slower than I wanted to, avg 16.6 - not including stop time.
Did you miss the arrows around mile 20 ? I think a ton of people got screwed up in that area.
I can tell you this, centuries are like a good night of drinking, the day after you never want to hear the word century again, give it a week and you will want to do another !
If you live in the area there is another "flat"(even flatter than TCFE) put on by the GSW in two weeks(Sat or Sun)
http://www.granitestatewheelmen.org/SCC/SCC-HomePage.htm

another good resource is CRANE
http://www.geocities.com/ne_century_rides/links.html

As for the recovery ride I do a 12-15 miles EASY ride the day after a century, although I slept in this morning ;^)
Best of luck
Pat, when did you start/finish? And...RhodyRider
Sep 9, 2002 8:41 AM
...what were you wearing? I wonder if maybe we passed each other at some point. I was in blue Voler bibs and the Voler "France" Jersey, on my Litespeed. I rode with 4 guys and a gal, we started between 7:00-7:15. Finished up at about 2:45. My ride time was 6:13 (16.3 avg, weak) and we dawdled at the rest stops too long. Our group splintered after 75 - one guy finished really strong, then came me & another guy about 10 min behind him, then our fourth guy about 15 min behind me, and then the final two about 25 min after me. But it was a blast, once again the sections through Little Compton, Westport, and Dartmouth were spectacular. No warm PBJ for me today, thank you!!
Pat, when did you start/finish? And...PatM
Sep 9, 2002 9:20 AM
Not sure the exact time I started, I know I was #70 and was first in that line at 6:30, so I must have got going around 6:45. Was wearing my club gear yellow/black with MBRC(Mass Bay Road Club) all over it. I think I finished 1:15-1:30, 6 hours and change. I really wanted to do 17 average. I did fine for the first 50 miles or so, felt good, no problems, last year I wheel sucked a lot of people from time to time, this year I was on my own for the most of the ride. I actually had a few people sucking my wheel, which was kinda funny, because I took a wrong turn before mile 25 !(had about 15 people come with me) ooops ! Really wanted to keep a reasonable pace for the whole thing, but went out to hard at the beginning, at mile 52 I had a 17.5 average. At 75 it was down to 17.3. So I thought I was in good shape for the last 25, took off again without resting long enough, of course at about mile 80 the road starts climbing back up, and at 90 you have that nice slow hill, and the scenery is all that great. Rested again at about 95(lemonade stop), and then finished.
Last year didn't we go right by that big building/park on the lake(between 52 and 75) it was on the right hand side ?
Was it me or where there less cops at the intersections this year ?
How do you like your litespeed for longer rides ? I am thinking of swapping my KHS frame with something else, what else did you try ?
Way ahead of me -RhodyRider
Sep 9, 2002 12:21 PM
Our group got to THS early enough (6:15?) to be parked in the first couple of rows in the parking lot, but there were already 30-40 folks cued up in each of the check-in lines, so I'm sure you were a good half-hour ahead of us on the road. Good on you! About that route change - I did hear a guy wondering out loud about that turn at around 20 miles, but I hadn't memorized the route to the extent that it confused me. We just followed the arrows! And yes, you are correct, last year's route did take us directly past that pumping station within the confines of the reservoir/park up in Rochester or wherever that is. (My buddies and I all agreed, they need to find a better spot for that 75 mile stop, it offers no protection from the sun, even if you are only there 10 minutes it is torture). Less cops at intersections, definitely. I saw NO crashes this year (other than a jeep and a toyota!!), which is a plus.
I LOVE my Litespeed, for long rides and short, but especially the high-milers. It is the most comfy bike I've ever ridden, period. Won't win any stiffness awards, but who cares that's not why I bought it. If you are looking for Ti, I'd suggest you check out the LS Tuscany or Classic, I think you'd find either one to be a nice step up from the KHS. Good Luck & Tailwinds!!
Eric
Thanks for the linkmlester
Sep 9, 2002 10:33 AM
I was actually thinking of doing this one also but didn't realize it was 'flat' like TFCE. Good analogy about drinking, when I finished yesterday I said I'll never do this again, what the hell was I thinking. But even one day later and I am considering another...soon. I think the Tri-State is far enough away that I can recover well enough. I am in south eastern CT so it'll be a good drive up there, but I am up for it I think.

BTW, the last 20 was tough for me too. I felt like I could have walked faster at that point...

-ml
Thanks for the linkPatM
Sep 9, 2002 10:53 AM
I am going only on what I have read on the CRANE web site, and I figured it would be a good way to "wind down" the season. I have never actually riden this one before.
- Pat
Hey guys...I registered for the seacoast century this morning!jtferraro
Sep 9, 2002 12:09 PM
Like I said, I didn't register in time for TFCE but am looking very forward to the Seacoast Century. As of now, the only century under my belt is the Vernon, VT to Vernon, CT one I did in July.

Nice to hear you guys had fun and can now talk about it together! =)

-Jeff
Congratulations!js5280
Sep 9, 2002 11:04 AM
That's awesome! Hey, did you do the Olympic tri here a few weekends ago? If so, how'd it go?
I did an Olympic tri in Lakeville, MA...mlester
Sep 10, 2002 5:48 AM
The Cranberry Country. I actually did very well at it too. I completed it in less than twice the time I had done the sprint two weeks before so I was pleased. My bike is actually the split that was faster, I think that I improved by 3-4 mph average because it was a flatter course.

-ml
re: first centurybikerbob
Sep 9, 2002 4:35 PM
I did the century for the second time. It's a pretty course but a little too flat. And what's with the food? Why don't they charge another five bucks and get some bagels,muffins,some kind of sport drink out there. If anyone gets the chance, the "Mad River Century" held in Vermont in August is nice. Great food at all the stops and a great barbecue afterwards. And a lot of decent pacelines.
re: first centuryPeteWorc
Sep 9, 2002 4:55 PM
I also was there. Great ride for a fast easy 100 miles. Was my second century and I found it alot easier than my first one last june (of course that one had hills). Only problem I had was the heat but still cruised in good shape. Highlight of the day for me was giving a dollar tip to the two little girls giving out free lemonade at about mile 97.