General Cycling Discussion - I finally did it.
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07-25-03, 02:43 PM
I finally did my first century I tried 3 other times, the first time I bonked and 2 and 3 had major mechanical problems, but I was hell bound to do it and I just woke up this morning and felt good, didn't put much thought into it just kinda went out and did it, and a little over 5 hours later it was all done and I was the happiest man alive and I am happy to report I feel fine and not really all that sore I just had to keep telling my mind to stop being such a sissy it's amazing what the body can do but the stupid mind always tries to interfer. Sorry I didn't get to detailed I wasn't paying much attention to the surrondings just trying to get the 100 miles done.
07-25-03, 03:12 PM
Congratulations, what an achievement. I'm currently in training to attempt a century as well. As long as the weather is okay next week then I will try then.
Anyway once again congratulations, Portent.
Well congrats and good job! :thumbup:
I remember when I did my first century too- just a few short weeks ago. It was like you- just got up and went for it. And I felt great afterwards, even though I was beat!
I just did my second century on Tuesday- that was a bit easier, and I took a different route and went northbound, and I really enjoyed that day. I wasn't as sore when I got back, except some chafing, but other than that, a nice soak in the tub worked just fine for me.
I was supposed to do another century tomorrow, but I have family obligations. I'm doing one for sure next Saturday, and if all goes well, I'll be able to do another century this Tuesday. Once you get hooked on one, you won't be able to stop! :D That's what people on the forum told me, and I didn't believe it, but there I was, less than 2 weeks later, getting ready for my next century!
Let us know when you head out for the next one!
Great job on the century! That's a very good time. One suggestion: you might want to ease up a little on the next time and enjoy the scenery/surroundings. Miles are just miles if you can't take in what they offer. Here's to your next century. :beer:
Oh yeah- Khuon is so right- by no means do I rush things at all, and I do stop and smell the roses... literally!
I make a stop at the Botanic Gardens up north for lunch and smell the flowers and enjoy the views there. Plus a few stops along the way to rest up and just relax and stretch too...
07-25-03, 04:45 PM
Yeah there wasn't much stopping going on, and I finished with an average of 19.3 mph, I just kept hammering away. I remembered reading your post Koffee and it was one of the things that made me go man I really gotta get this first one out of the way. I guess I just felt inspired since yesterday I started reading Lance's book and I felt moved. Now I'm stuck at work til 9 my co-workers think I've lost my mind my one morning off and I get up at 6am to go ride 100 miles.
Originally posted by superman055
my co-workers think I've lost my mind my one morning off and I get up at 6am to go ride 100 miles.
You got up at 6AM for a century?!?! What's wrong with you?!?! Oh wait... I did that. Okay... again... what's wrong with you?! :D
07-25-03, 05:44 PM
That may be the only thing keeping me from doing a century... my club has another one a couple weeks... a "flatland" century they call it... and for the most part it is flat... however.. the 75, and 100 milers leave at 7am... which means I have to get up around 5:30 to get some food in my system, and get ready... I wanna do it.. but that early is tough
07-25-03, 06:01 PM
Neat Superman! I'm working up to my first. I did a metric century in April and I'm working up to an MS 150 the century will be next.
07-25-03, 08:00 PM
Congrats on hitting 100!!!
I'm going for a half century ride tomorrow and hopefully a full century next weekend or the following weekend. We have a ton of limestone trails around here in Illinois. Not quite road bike material but it goes well on my Mtn bike ...
I'm amazed that you didn't make it on your first century, yet could average over 19 mph on the second! I've done one and only managed 13 mph. Sure, I have some serious hills in spots, but most of the time it isn't bad. I can't even average more than 18 mph for my normal ride of 12.5 miles!
I am working my way back up to century-level. Tomorrow, there is a 122-mile charity ride comprising 3 round-trip loops between McGee Park (downtown Carlsbad CA) and the top of the Torrey Pines hill in La Jolla. I plan to start at dawn and complete the first loop or two, but one of my crazy friends is doing the whole ride, followed by a San Diego - to - Julian "pie run" century the next day. (For those unfamiliar with San Diego County, the quaint mountain town of Julian, elevation 4400 feet, is known for its apples and apple pies.)
07-26-03, 03:47 PM
You got up at 6AM for a century?!?! What's wrong with you?!?! Oh wait... I did that. Okay... again... what's wrong with you?!
Khuon: You should read the thread on "Early Morning Rides":D
Superman055, congrats on the century!
07-26-03, 07:40 PM
that is good to hear, now its time to think about doing a double
07-27-03, 08:08 PM
Wow they are addictive Saturday I'm going for my next century, I'm amazed at the lack of soreness though. I went out for a celbration Friday night and was really playing to feel it Saturday but nothing I actually got a normal 30 mile ride in, and a 45 miler Sunday so I figured I'd give it another go Saturday, I think I'm addicted to biking if I'm not on the bike I'm thinking about where I'm gonna go the next time I get on the bike, and what I planned to do if I want to work on hills or sprints or distance, or I'm thinking of upgrades I can make on my bike. Is this normal?
Yup- I've done one century since my first one, and I have plans on doing my third one on Saturday.
Funny thing- as sick as I felt from my first century at the end when I had to do the additional 10 miles, I forgot that I did an extra section of mileage up north- consequently, I ended up coming home with 106 miles under my belt instead of the 90 I thought I'd done, so when I did my final 10 miles, I ended up with 116 miles under my belt. When I did my second century this past Tuesday, those hundred miles seemed like a snap, and when I got home and looked at my route, I quickly figured out my mistake from the first century! :lol:
I really would love to get in a century every Saturday- we'll see how it goes. I would love to do it more if I had someone to do it with :thumbup:, but I doubt that will happen. :(
Keep on reporting about your progress! It's always inspirational to see other people doing centuries for me, even if it's their first time. It helps keeps me motivated.
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