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For racers: do you still ride/like centuries???(8 posts)

For racers: do you still ride/like centuries???R600DuraAce
May 5, 2003 6:13 PM
I am thinking about riding this 5/18 Mountak Century in NY but, ever since I begin racing 3 weeks ago, the thought of riding a century isn't appealing to me any more. In the past, that was all I was looking for. Now, I would rather do a hard day riding 50+ miles.
I'm not sure I qualify, but I love them. A good, long day inbill
May 5, 2003 7:15 PM
the saddle, chatting up all sorts of people from all over the place, no worries about food or water, seeing all kinds of cool bikes, surrounded by people who actually understand that it's fun to turn your pedals over for 100 miles. Plus, they don't take as long as they used to.
What's not to like?
This is my second season racing.
But, then again, I like MUT's, too.
Instead of a hard 50, do a hard 100. Or, do yourself a real favor and take all the pressure off and just have fun on your bike again.
I am a firm believer in one day a week just having fun on the bike. No training goals other than that -- fun.
May 5, 2003 7:16 PM
Just another workout. I've probably done 100 non-event centuries for every organized one. Only reason to do the organized ones is lots of people or particularly good scenery. Doesn't make much sense to drive and pay $50 to do one, though, except for the big ones like Solvang, or "back country" normally un-doable ones like the Grizzly Century in the mountains near here (no water available without support).

After you start doing lots of doubles and longer, then centuries become the "short" Saturday workout, too.


PS: I'm out of shape now, so a century would again be difficult.
May 5, 2003 7:37 PM
Since that longest Masters races are 50-60 miles, there isn't any purpose to put in 100 mile training days. Sure, I could ride 100 miles, but it would screw up my next weeks training. I try to do two or three metric centuries a year for fun. I can recover from a 60 mile ride in a day.
When I was younger, I could dash off 100 miles with out any preperation. Now, if I did it, I'd have to take it easy for 2 or 3 days.
When I do them, I don't use them for training.... Just for fun. Most of the organized rides around here aren't very expensive. The most I'd pay is $25.
Are you planning to do the Udder century in Union ? (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
May 6, 2003 6:03 AM
Can't, I have a Time Trial the same day.MR_GRUMPY
May 6, 2003 6:36 AM
I'll probably do the Arlington 500 this month on the 18th. I don't feel like driving all the way up to Madison for a short Crit. ,the same day.
Hope to see you there...PEDDLEFOOT
May 6, 2003 7:27 AM
I'm planning on the Arlington myself.I've never done that one before.
re: For racers: do you still ride/like centuries???ColuberBiker
May 5, 2003 8:26 PM
Yes, I love riding long distances. On weekends that I'm not racing, I always do at least a metric century, but usually much more than that. I've done seven centuries so far this year (and a couple that ended up pretty close) and I live in Boston... the first one of this year was in January and it was about 5° out. I just love being out on my bike all day; there's just nothing like being on my bike for a good eight hours and riding 130 mi. Most of the time it's by myself for all or some of the trip; I'll ride to the start of a group ride, do the ride, and ride home, frequently via a long way around. Or I'll get together with someone else for a ride and hammer until they get tired and go home, then keep riding. Or just head out on my own. I never run out of places to ride. As far as training is concerned, I know I don't neeed to be training on 100 mi distances; but I don't really care, I just do it for fun. If I can sustain a pace for 50 mi, I can usually keep it up for another 50. The way I see it, there are just so many different ways to enjoy my bike and I love all of them.
What I really like, although it gets harder and harder to achieve, is that feeling that your ride is a big epic adventure. I can remember when I was a kid and 75 mi felt that way; now 75 mi is like a quick jaunt, and 100 doesn't even feel that far. Racing is a whole other ballpark, but the two aren't mutually exclusive.