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My first Century........(12 posts)

My first Century........Bike Bum
Nov 7, 2002 8:30 AM
I did my first Century about a week ago last Saturday. It's called the Spooktaular Century down in Bakersfield (Calif) with rides like the "Hideous Hundred", a 110 miles and 11,0042 ft of vertical climb. the "Horrible Hundred" 102 miles and 8,900ft of climb. The "Morbit Metric", 65 miles, 4,000 ft of climb (this is what I did last year) on and so forth and on down to a "Trembling Twenty" mile ride.

Well being the dufus that I am. I opted for the whole enchilada and took on the Hideous Hundred. ....and it did live up to it's name.

The most Mileage I'd done in one day up intil then was 84 miles with 5,000 ft of climb. I think the hundred miles on a flat course would'a been a challenge in of itself for this first timer, but the 11,000 ft of climb was the capper. I started out in the dark at 6:30 am.

The first 33 miles is all climb, at mile 26 I was on survival mode and was cursing the day I took up cycling.....then it got tough.... with long extended 12% grades.

I felt pretty good but was nursing my left knee cuz I started having some pain back there on the climb, I've never had any knee pain in my life on a bike before in my life and I'm 50. The cramps in my thighs were fun, but I just took it easy set a pace and rode though it. I lost count of how many riders passed me at 22 (the smiling, "this ain't tough at all" looks on their faces added insult to injury).....but I was doing some passing too, not often, but it happened..and mimicked the "this ain't tough at all" look as best as I could.

At the peak of Breckenridge Mtn (33 miles) they give you a patch to commemorate the top of the climb, This is really why I opted for the "Hideous", I wanted that patch. I'm told that 97 riders total made it to the top.

Lunch was at mile 80 (about 2:45 pm), Carrows catered it in Celinete (sp). With some food in me, I was feeling better, hooked up to a 4 man paceline and finished the last 30 miles pretty strong......

When I got back to the Start at 4:30 pm, My wife and Daughter were there to meet me. When I Checked in, I got to talking with one of the officals who asked me how it was. When I said it was my first century the guy said this was a heck of a ride to pick for my first century and asked me why I didn't just hit myself on the head with a 2 x 4 and save myself all that riding time..... I told him that my head was the only part of me that didn't hurt....

Anyway, 111.1 miles, 11,0042 ft of climb, 8 hours 50 minutes of pain/riding time (10 hours of "out there" time) with an average speed of 12.5 mph,
and I had a great time....bizarre!
Nov 7, 2002 8:39 AM
Carry a couple of Advil/Motrin/Aleve or whatever ibuprofen you prefer on rides like this. It will help a lot with the pain. Get a couple of those little packets and stick them in your bag. Your future rides will become a lot more pleasant.

My first century was 105 miles and 10K+ of climbing, so I know just how you feel.
AdvilBike Bum
Nov 7, 2002 8:43 AM
I had heard about taking Advil/Motrin/Aleve on rides like this....but I had forgot to apply the advice...I wish I had...
Thanks, I'll remember next time
Advil's fine; aspirin's cheaper if you can take itcory
Nov 7, 2002 9:13 AM
Talked about this with my doctor neighbor, who does a dozen or so centuries a year and last fall rode from Reno to Yosemite (about 220 miles, several 8000-9900 foot passes) in one day. If you don't have gastric or blood thinning issues, he says aspirin is as good as ibuprofen and costs a fraction as much. He said not to use Tylenol, which doesn't help with inflammation, if you can take the others (apparently quite a few people have allergic reactions to ibu).
Nov 7, 2002 9:48 AM
Excepting crashes, most of the pain you will experience on rides comes from inflammation. Ibuprofen will not only to kill the pain, but also reduce the inflammation that is the cause of the pain. That's a double win.
crashes cause inflamation toooff roadie
Nov 7, 2002 10:11 AM
Bruising, strained ligaments and tendons, and torn muslces all result froma crash.
Extra Strenght Tylenol is Acetomenephin, along with other brands mentioned. I order 500mg caps or X-Tylenol or Advil for folks here at work (animal care facility), where temporary joint pain from repetative tasks is common. 2000mg a day is a safe dose. You need that much to get full optimal anti-inflamatory benefits- reducing swelling doesn't just reduce pain, it promotes healing of joint injuries.
We also give Acetominiphen injections to animals when they have been fighting (dose based on bopdy weight), for the same reasons a biker who has crashed should take it. If you are a MTB rider with a trail dog, its good for man and beast, but remebr the pooch isn't as big as you are.
NSAIDs ....Humma Hah
Nov 7, 2002 10:38 AM
... Aspirin and Ibuprofen are both "non-steroidal anti-inflammitory drugs", aka NSAIDs, working by blocking the COX-2 enzyme, responsible for certain types of inflammation. Almost all their wonderful effects come from this effect.

Tylenol claims to not be an NSAID, but it was recently discovered that it, too, blocks a Cox enzyme, a slightly different one that controls a different type of inflammation.
alcohol: think ahead, plan, act in advanceJS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2002 9:20 AM
if you stay up long enough drinking pitchers of microbrew the night before these rides, you'll suffer alot less during the ride and remember the suffering almost not at all afterwards. this is a proven fact.

congrats on your first century.

Are you kidding?jeph
Nov 7, 2002 11:10 AM
I hope this is true. I need an excuse to down some vino or Sam Adams every now and then.
heck noJS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2002 11:23 AM
only works if you consume mass quantities, though. fyi, i am of course not condoning this sort of behavior before driving, if you are under age, or if you have french lineage.
Mass quantitiesMel Erickson
Nov 7, 2002 12:43 PM
Are you from France?
no, that's just what i tell people. nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2002 12:55 PM