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Well, I guess I can officially call myself a cyclist now...(7 posts)

Well, I guess I can officially call myself a cyclist now...joekm
Aug 25, 2003 4:38 AM
Just completed my first regular century (the Shorefire in Delaware). Did the Icicle metric in March but this would be my first 100 miler. Was a good choice for a first attempt as it was pretty flat and the rest stops were well spaced out (getting closer toward the end).

There was a course detour so the total distance worked out to be around 104 miles but I'm not sure as I twice forgot to set my computer as I was taking off from a rest stop. By comparing my computer to the cue sheet, it appears that I lost about 2 miles. I averaged 18.3 mph, which was faster than I anticipated, especially given that I was running out of steam around the 80 mile mark.

Still need to work on developing real endurance, but I'm glad I managed the distance in any event.
Aug 25, 2003 5:37 AM
It's nice to have the century milepost under one's belt. (Did I mix enough metaphors there?)

Check the settings on your bike computer. There ought to be an "auto" mode in which it starts and stops on it's own when your wheels are moving.
It does have an auto mode but...joekm
Aug 25, 2003 7:30 AM
The first time my computer wasn't clicked in all the way and the second time I turned off the stopwatch by accident.
Aug 25, 2003 5:50 AM
....completed my third yesterday.I'm still a novice at these things but you do learn a little more each time.Stay with it.
Congrats - - Thinking about the Savage? . . .ms
Aug 25, 2003 6:25 AM
It sounds like you are in White Clay country. Have you given any thought to the Savage Century? It usually is in October (I haven't checked the date). The hills are short, but steep. The ride lives up to its name, but if you have a century under your belt in August and keep in shape, you can do it. I recommend the ride.

BTW: I am no mountain goat, but I would much rather do a ride with hills (and have some nice descents for recovery) than a flat 100 (or 104 miles). Flat is not necesarily easy.
Congrats on the achievement.JL
Aug 25, 2003 6:43 AM
I've done the Shorefire myself, though not this year. It was my first century as well. It's a nice ride with decent support. It may not have hills but the wind, especially in the southern sections after rest stop 2, was pretty brutal a few years ago. I just wish White Clay would have something at the end of their rides.

Keep up the good work and the endurance/conditioning will come. As "ms" said, look into the Savage (Oct. 18). That one I plan on doing this year.

Happy riding.

Way to go !!!!Scot_Gore
Aug 25, 2003 7:01 AM
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