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Just completed my first ever Metric Century...(8 posts)

Just completed my first ever Metric Century...joekm
Mar 31, 2003 6:25 AM
The Icicle, which goes through relatively hilly terrain in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Had a bit of a cold when I started that got much worse by the end of the day. Pretty much recovered though, but I did bonk about 52-53 miles into it so my legs are still a little sore (at least I completed the course though).

I don't think the headcold or the distance had anything to do with my running out of steam. I'm sure it was all due to the hills. I probably should have sprung for the 12-25 cassette rather than the stock 11-23 I was running. OTOH - the 11 is nice on the occasional long descent.

One positive note though. When the climbs got to the point where there were several riders just "grunting" up a steep section of hill, I was actually able to catch them. So, when technique went out the window and it boiled down to raw leg strength, I was holding my own. On the whole however, my climbing skills are very poor and what I need to work on next.

Very happy with the bike's handling (2002 IronHorse Victory) and overall behavior. For having a relatively short wheelbase, the bike descends surprisingly well. At one point, I caught a pothole with my rear wheel while in a paceline on a winding descent on a narrow road. The bike went sideways for a moment but I was able to reign it back in almost immediately and not loose the paceline. Also quite happy with the new SPD-SL pedals (Ultegra build level).
Is this run over the same roads as the Savage Century?ms
Mar 31, 2003 7:45 AM
If so, it is a b!tch of a ride. Plus, given the weather in Maryland this past weekend, it really was an Icicle event. Congratulations on your first metric -- you picked a difficult course and day in which to do it. If you survived this event at the end of March, you should be in great shape for the organized centuries in September and October. I would highly recommend the Savage and the Baltimore Bicycle Club's Civil War Century, which leaves from Thurmont, Maryland. And, if you are tired of hills, there always is the Seagull Century, which I have not done, but a lot of other people on this board have.
I think the Savage is worse, in fact...joekm
Mar 31, 2003 8:27 AM
I'm planning on using the Icicle as a barometer as to whether I should attempt the Savage. Right now, I'm not ready.
Congratulations......Len J
Mar 31, 2003 7:49 AM
I've ridden those roads & that's a tough ride this time of year.

Your "Bonk" probably had less to do with the hills & more to do with nutrition. Experiment with gels in the last 1 1/12 to 2 hours of a tough ride like this until you find something that is quickly digestible to bring your legs back to like. I like hammergel myself.

Great job.

re: Just completed my first ever Metric Century...JL
Mar 31, 2003 8:18 AM
Great ride Joe. I was going down to that on Saturday (I'm in PA), but changed my plans and did my own ride. White Clay runs some decent rides. That and the Savage are their hilliest. The other 2 are dead flat (Double-Cross/Shorefire). Saturday wasn't too bad compared to yesterday for a ride.

Glad you had a good time and finished.

Happy riding.

Mar 31, 2003 11:32 AM
I did my first century last season, then did a second - both on a mtb w/slicks. I've since bought a roadbike and my goal for this season was going to be several more centuries, then a metric century, group rides, and maybe even a entry level race. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury I'll have to scale back my plans but I sure hope to get that metric under my belt next season (or @the end of this season...maybe). We'll see how my rehab goes. So far, so good!

Again, congratulations!! You da' man! =)

Mar 31, 2003 11:59 AM
Glad to hear that you finished, despite the bonk! That's definitely an accomplishment. My husband and I talked about doing the Icicle, but ended up house-hunting (on the bikes!) instead. It's good to "meet" some local roadies on the board- maybe we'll run into each other out there some day.
Happy riding!

I was there as wellK-Man
Mar 31, 2003 12:53 PM
This was my first metric century in forever. I did the Seagul century about 5 years ago (mtb w/ slicks). Up until this past weekend my longest ride of the year has been about 50 miles. Also since I am kind of new to road biking this ride was really only my second time riding with a large group and utilizing a pace line at some points. I road with some pretty fast riders and ended up averaging 18.1 mph and finishing in just under 3.5 hours. I was able to hang with our lead group for the most part up until the 48 mile mark then got dropped on a hill. Never caught back up after that so finished the last 15+ miles solo (figures it got really windy then!).

Actually looking forward to doing a few more full centuries soon (I think there are some local in June)