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Friday poll (a bit late) - what are centuries for you ?(17 posts)

Friday poll (a bit late) - what are centuries for you ?PeterRider
Jan 9, 2004 6:14 PM
At first I thought riding a century was some ultimate goal in a biking life. Then, on my second century, I met somebody who asked "do you do that every week-end ?" and I thought "hey, that's an idea, what a good way to spend one's saturdays !".

Now I think a century is the right distance for spending a day on a bike. Less is a bit short, you don't cover enough ground to see much. More is too tiring, recovery time is too long, and I don't enjoy riding at night. Although, I plan of course to do the double centuries / brevets this year as well :-)

Training rides.PseuZQ
Jan 9, 2004 7:28 PM
My first was a big dang deal. Really. I trained and stressed over it and I achieved it and it was great. I say this because even though I personally like long rides, I don't want to diminish what might be a huge goal for others.

Now, a century is a nice way to spend a day on the bike, something I really enjoy. Just knowing I'm going to spend the whole day riding just settles me down and relaxes me. Usually I make it a "destination." Without sleeping over, my radius for the start of a day century is about 60- 70 miles from SF. That covers a lot of ground. I can start in Livermore, San Jose, Marin, Peninsula and Santa Cruz, etc. I lovvvve it.

Will you do a 600K up here? I'm thinking of trying Santa Rosa Cycling Club's 600k. Blame J for engaging his digital Internet-based mind control and posting a taunt.
PS -- Century is also a deposit in the "Burrito Bank."PseuZQ
Jan 9, 2004 7:34 PM
Santa Rosa 600K - will depend on the schedule....PeterRider
Jan 10, 2004 11:40 AM
didn't even look at the rides calendar yet. This year, around here Planet Ultra's brevets disappeared, so the only options are San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and more to the north Santa Rosa or Davis.

We'll probably go to your area for devil mountain double anyways :-)

re: Friday poll (a bit late) - what are centuries for you ?ukiahb
Jan 9, 2004 8:48 PM
hmmm...a great goal each spring to be able to complete one fairly easily by May or so. Last year I volunteered/worked two that I normally just ride, and that was fun too...also had a great time at the workers ride and dinner for each century.
Jan 9, 2004 9:22 PM
I always used to get caught up with the fact that I hadn't done a century. I've come close, around ninety miles, but never the three digits. Over the last couple of years, I've come to realize that it is just really unimportant to me. It holds no significance- it's an arbitrary thing. Do I think it's impressive- hell yeah, but not more than 85 or 95 miles.

I train hard for competition and mileage is often not the main indicator for progress. When I have the day to ride as long as I like, I try not to get caught up in setting goals, just going out and enjoying the unstructured day (few that they are). I guess for those into mileage, it's quite the achievement, but I finally realized that it's not for me.
Jan 10, 2004 3:21 AM
Actually, a century is at least five miles more impressive than ninety-five miles ; )
Same Herebimini
Jan 10, 2004 5:15 AM
I got the racing bug and my focus is on doing okay to well in those. I also found that it helps in the ballance in my life. Spending all day on a bike on Saturday and/or Sunday was getting the wife POed at me. Training for racing is a 1 to 1 1/2 hour a day thing with a race tossed in once or twice a month for less than half the year. Most of my goals are on times, placement in key races and climbs.

I still do one or two centuries a year with the local club. More to chat with a few of the people than to prove anything.
Same HereWoof the dog
Jan 10, 2004 4:34 PM
Sadly, if you want to hang in there in upper cats, you gotta do 5-6 hour rides regularly, which, depending on the terrain where you live works out to be 70-100 miles. and by regularly I mean probably almost every week. I am yet to find time to do it that often.

woof the dog.
Jan 10, 2004 10:23 AM
yep, true about mileage goals, the strongest person I ride with is a very successful amateur racer (and has been for many years) and has never done a century. OTOH I did a club ride last year that was billed as a century and wound up being "only" 95 the end two people on a tandem did laps to get their mileage up to 100, which seemed a little bizzare to me, but numbers really do matter to some people....
Jan 10, 2004 10:45 AM
"but numbers really do matter to some people...."

Hmmm...guess I'm one of them. Quite a few times returning home from a century I have noted my mileage is say 97 or 98, and I'll ride round the block a few times til 100 clicks up.
Uhhmm, a hundred miles? nmJuanmoretime
Jan 10, 2004 5:03 AM
Alot of fun...PEDDLFOOT
Jan 10, 2004 9:26 AM
...and a day to enjoy riding in places I may not get to ride very often or at all.They combine both a challenge and a social outing .I love them and hope to be able to ride more of them this year.

By the way Pierre, I really enjoy your ride reports and look forward to more.They keep my motivation up!!!! Thanks.
A milestone of "been there done that" (nm)Asphalt Addict
Jan 10, 2004 9:43 AM
A longish training ridevelocity
Jan 10, 2004 9:49 AM
The posters above express my various feelings about centuries well -- yum burritos (and beer!). One type of century-type ride I enjoy a lot is when it's done as part of a well-planned challenging scenic club ride with a small focused group. It's a lot of fun and really rewarding to ride in pacelines from Manhattan to a rural, pastoral setting with a bunch of riding buddies. Even as someone who generally does round-trip rides, when it's a really challenging 100+ mile ride with lots of elevation gain, it feels great to return via train!
depends on the centurycyclopathic
Jan 11, 2004 9:07 AM
some of the centuries pack quite a few climbs and can be tough, some very scenic and some are plain boring. Agree, century is a social slow ride, nice way to spend a day on the bike. In terms of endurance training ride 150mi or at least double metrics, short enough to avoid clipping night time, are more preferable.

Do you plan to make it up to BMB?
depends on the measurement formatDutchy
Jan 11, 2004 8:33 PM
We have the metric system. So no-one I know aims to ride 160km. It just doesn't sound right or make sense to us. The riders I know aim for 120km, 150km and 200km. The 200km is our version of a big ride that means something. The numbers just sound better. That works out to 75, 94 and 125 miles.