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I've done 6 rides now, am I ready for a Century?(13 posts)

I've done 6 rides now, am I ready for a Century?Jeff Rage
Aug 6, 2003 1:10 PM
I just got my road bike not too long ago. I did a 10, a 30, a 50, a 38, a 45, and a 20. My friends are all trying to get me to do a 100 mile race, & I'm not sure if I'm ready yet. I was having trouble doing the 50 mile ride, which had some small hills. The 100 mile race will be just about completely flat.

What to do?
sure, why not?mohair_chair
Aug 6, 2003 1:17 PM
Anyone can do a century. It's just a matter of how long it will take. If your friends are patient and willingly to carry you or wait for you, then you might consider doing it.

Personally, I wouldn't do it. Chances are, trying to keep up with your friends will wipe you out and you'll bonk before the end. I'd sit this one out and think about the next one.
Not "ready," but that doesn't mean you shouldn'tcory
Aug 6, 2003 1:29 PM
I did my first one when I was riding about 20 miles a week--a friend called and said, "Let's do it" and I was too dumb to say no. It took us 8 hours plus, and I wasn't worth squat for about two weeks afterward. All I did was sleep and eat.
Based on what you've said, I'd say you're NOT ready. The last 20 miles of a century is always at least as hard for me as the first 80. But if you're in reasonable condition, have no health problems and are a lot younger than I am, you can probably tough the thing out. It's just a matter of keeping the pedals turning. But you're going to HATE that last two hours.
I'd vote no.jesse1
Aug 6, 2003 1:21 PM
A 100 mile road race? Even flat, if you had a bit of trouble doing 50 miles with small hills, and if you're able to draft for 100 miles at 20 mph, you're talking about 5 hrs turning those cranks at a pace that will be at least "moderate". Wait 'til you get more miles under your chamoix.
re: I've done 6 rides now, am I ready for a Century?NewDayNewWay
Aug 6, 2003 1:22 PM
Let me give you my experience...

I've done a few metric centuries. 62 miles at that pace I try to maintain (about 20 mph) is a lot, at least for mortals like myself. When I get to 62 miles I don't feel God awful, but I think how much longer 100 miles is and I know there is no way I could do 20 mph for 100 miles.

However, you may be of a very athletic nature, and perhaps much younger. However however, you also say that you are not sure you are ready, which is in my experience almost always a pretty sure-fire indicator that you are not ready.

Did your friends have a bike computer? When I first started riding I thought I was doing 50 miles, but now I ride the same routes with a computer and it's more like 35 miles, or something like that.

My two cents... Get on a training program. Maybe target a Spring century as a training goal.
RE: What to do?kjr39
Aug 6, 2003 2:58 PM
Ride more before you try a century.
So where is this flat race? Can anyone enter? Most ...Live Steam
Aug 6, 2003 3:44 PM
mass start races require a USCF license. As for your attempting to do it, I would say you need more miles in you first. Not to be competative, because it sounds like you don't believe you can. But, there is nothing wrong with trying as long as you prepare yourself properly. There have been a lot of threads about preparing for a century. You should read those. They will answer a lot of questions for you. Good luck if you do attempt it. Just finishing is a good accomplishment.
Eastern shoreJeff Rage
Aug 6, 2003 7:19 PM
of MD, which is very flat.

http://www.seagullcentury.org/
Ok, this changes things, a little.jesse1
Aug 7, 2003 2:45 AM
The Seagull is not a race. It is flat though. You'll have your choice of about 6000 of your closest friends to draft behind, and be supported about as well as Lance was a couple weeks ago.
Now I'd say go for it and enjoy!
You can do itpmf1
Aug 7, 2003 6:29 AM
You're not ready to ride a century this weekend, or even this month. However, the Seagull isn't until mid October. This gives you plenty of time to train. The first time I did this ride (11 years ago -- I've done it every year since) I was riding 150 miles a weeks and the longest ride I'd done was 75 miles which I felt pretty comfortable doing. It was still a long ride for me, but I did it without much trouble. I was tired when it was over.

the Seagull is a good first century. Its very flat and well done, although getting over-priced. Its also pretty crowded -- especially the first 20 or so miles, then things spread out. Do the traditional Assateague route. The only thing that can get in your way in the Eastern Shore are the headwinds. I did the Bay to Bay out there one year and spent 3 miserable hours riding 45 miles straight into a howling headwind.

Take the day off work on the Friday before and go to Ocean City and spend the day. Beach front rooms are cheap that time of the year and its a 30 minute drive to the ride. There's a Mexican restaurant on the left of the main drag headed towards Rehobath that has an excellent burrito (the Neptune). And get a huge pumpkin at one of those stands outside Salisbury -- giant ones (75 lbs) cost something like $12.
If you are rideing it with someone who has riden a few, and..elcameron
Aug 6, 2003 7:53 PM
is willing to spend the day with you, it might be ok. However, i'm sorry to say, the six rides are negligable. You might be as well off if you had not ridden at all.
On the other hand....if you have the next couple of days, or week off, with nothing you need to do?
Carpe Diem!!
dependstarwheel
Aug 7, 2003 5:01 AM
If you take it easy, eat and drink a lot along the way, and have a bike that fits and is properly maintained -- then go for it. I've ridden in cross-state bike tours -- averaging 60+ miles per day for a week -- in which there were people who apparently never ride otherwise. Yet, these people (many of them very overweight, elderly or young kids) managed to ride 60 or more miles in 8 hours or so day after day. Just don't get caught up in an adrenalin rush and go too fast, or neglect to eat and drink a lot along the way. If you ride too fast for your fitness level and don't eat/drink enough, you'll find out what a "bonk" is and I guarantee you won't like it. Make sure your chain is well lubed, your tires are in good condition with spare tube and repair kit/pump. Bring some extra energy bars, bananas, etc, just in case. Make sure your saddle is adjusted right but don't make big changes just before the ride, and wear good cycling shorts and shoes. Watch out for other cyclists, particularly in pacelines. Lots of cyclists don't really have group riding skills for pacelines, etc. in large rides like this. Accidents are common.
there's only one way to find out...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 7, 2003 5:56 AM
and, if it's a century ride, it's not a race.

if it's a competitive event with categories and awards based on placement, it's a race.

is it a race?