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1st century this weekend!(8 posts)

1st century this weekend!mleptuck
Jun 30, 2003 6:10 AM
I'm not one to usually talk about myself, but after what I feel is a major accomplishment for me, I needed SOMEONE to share it with (my wife just doesn't understand biking!)

Well, one of my goals for this season of riding a century before the end of the summer was achieved (and I was able to do it in June!). A little background might be in order, I guess:

I started seriously biking less than a year ago (got a leftover 2001 Raleigh R700 late July last year) after riding an buddy's OLD Panasonic flexi-bike (if felt kind of like pedalling a Slinky!) for a couple of months and deciding I liked it. I put about 1000 miles in last summer on the R700, and my longest ride was all of 55 miles.

Fast forward to January, and I finally got fed up with my extra girth (was up to 249!), so dieting and riding the trainer became my new mantra. Today, I'm down to right at 200 (a good weight for me, I think, I'm 6'2" and not of slight bone structure), and have already logged nearly 1800 miles on the road (not counting 60+ hours on the trainer in January and February). My original goals for this year were to 1) get to 210#, 2) ride 2400 miles in calendar year 2003, and 3) ride at least one century before the end of the year.

#1 is done. #2 got changed to 3000 miles (and at my current rate, 4000 is probably going to be reachable), and #3 got knocked off the list this past Saturday.

A buddy of mine (who has done many 100+ rides, but none yet this year) and I rode SW Chester County, PA and Cecil County, MD for 6h and 13m on Saturday. The total mileage was 102.3, for a rolling avg of 16.46mph. I was a bit disappointed we didn't make it under 6 hours for the 100 (my FlightDeck turned 100.0 at 6:03:32!), but once my buddy showed me the route profile from his Polar 720, and I saw that we did nearly 5200' of climbing, it didn't seem like as much of a big deal!

So, as a 1st-timer, here were my impressions:
It wasn't easy, for sure, but it was no where nearly as difficult as I had feared. As long as I ate and drank enough, I always seemed to have enough fuel in the tank for the next hill or outrun-the-dog sprint. The weather cooperated (mid-80s, low humidity, light winds), and other than a small blister between my left thumb and index finger (gloves are a little too big now, and they get bunched up in there), I was discomfort-free the whole day.

Thanks everyone on RBR for being a great source of motivation and insight for me!

I'm now planning on tackling a 150-mile ride before the end of September! Yee-ha.

-Mike
re: 1st century this weekend!briburke
Jun 30, 2003 6:25 AM
Congratulations! I felt the same after my century - very happy to have done it, and a little surprised that it wasn't as difficult as I thought.

-Brian
Way to go! Congratulations!! (nm)jtferraro
Jun 30, 2003 6:32 AM
re: 1st century this weekend!03Vortex
Jun 30, 2003 7:05 AM
Good story and CONGRATULATIONS!!! It can be said that a century is the cyclist's equivilent of a runner's full marathon. Feel proud of yourself and continued motivation.
Way to go!!!....Slim!! [nm]bent_spoke
Jun 30, 2003 8:34 AM
Congrats on the achievement.JL
Jun 30, 2003 8:53 AM
Great area to ride in too. Good luck on the 150.

Happy riding.

John
Congratulations!vindicator
Jun 30, 2003 10:30 AM
Mine was just about a month ago - here's to you!
Way to go!t0adman
Jun 30, 2003 10:50 AM
Don't you love that overwhelming sense of accomplishment mixed with total exhaustion and euphoria? I felt it Saturday after 101 miles. I think I'm still a little beat. Good luck on 150 - it will seem easy now!