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Old 07-27-08, 09:56 AM   #1
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A tale of two centuries (ride report w/ photos)

Having completed my first century last September, I made it my goal for 2008 to ride two centuries this year. I was hoping to do one in June, but that never worked out. Fortunately this past Saturday the weather in NH was expected to be clear of thunderstorms and with reasonably low humidity, so I jumped at the opportunity to get my first century of 2008 in.

The concept of doing a solo century was pretty daunting to me, so I managed to set up the route in such a way that a middle leg of the ride could be done as a metric century. Chris (aka LordBass) decided to join me for this and thus here is a tale of two centuries: my imperial and Chris' (first ever) metric.

I began the ride at 6 AM and completed about 25 miles in the early morning. A family of wild turkeys greeted me toward the end of that leg.






As I returned to my starting point, Chris was right on time and we promptly embarked on a journey out to the Nubble Lighthouse on the Maine seacoast.

Chris with his 80's steel Bridgestone:


A couple of cool riding shots that came out:




A quick rest stop we took near a stream just outside of Ogunquit, ME:

The ride to Nubble was uneventful, except for a JAM who came unbelievably close to taking out Chris at an intersection. Fortunately Chris' bike handing skills held up and his recently upgraded brake pads were put to full use.

In contrast to my last ride to Nubble Light, this time the visibility was excellent.




On the way back from Nubble, I decided to use a sample packet of Perpetuem, which I had never tried before (yeah, you know where this is going). Sure enough, within minutes of my first few swigs of it, my stomach was having none of it. I struggled with violent gastrointestinal cramps and gas for the rest of the ride. I've had good luck in the past with Sustained Energy and will be sticking with that from now on!

As we rode the final 10 miles or so of the metric century leg of the trip, I started struggling and could barely force myself to eat another gel due to the nausea. Bad combination - I needed the fuel to avoid bonking, but knew that getting sick would be even worse.

When we arrived back to our cars, Chris celebrated his new milestone, but I still had another 10 miles to do to round out my imperial. With more stops than I care to admit, I finally finished the 10 miles and completed my imperial century.

Stats:

100.08 miles in 07:11:23 ride time (13.9 MPH)

It was more than a half-hour slower than my first century (6:35), but as far as I'm concerned, just completing a century is a feat in itself, whether it takes 5 hours or 10.

Enjoy,

Scott

Gear Reviews:

A couple of comments on new gear I was using for this ride:

Planet Bike SuperFlash rear blinky - I had just picked one of these up and turned it on for the early morning portion of the ride. About 15 miles in, another cyclist passed me and commented that he could see the light a half-mile back. This thing works!

Giordana Forma bib shorts - I got these $200+ bibs recently from Chainlove for under $100 shipped. They are the nicest bibs I have ever owned by a long shot. There was practically no saddle discomfort to speak of during this century, which definitely was not the case during my previous one. I credit the bibs for kicking butt (excuse the pun).

Camelback Podium water bottle - Yes, it's convenient not to have to open and close my water bottle valve. Just pick the thing up and drink from it. I like 'em.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:17 PM   #2
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Nice Ride and pics.
Made this one lighter.

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Old 07-27-08, 07:14 PM   #4
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Apart from nearly becoming dressing under a Land Rover, I enjoyed this ride with Scott as my first metric century.

A few tips of my own for those reaching these goals:
- Pace yourself. We went slow. My metric averaged only 14.1mph over 63.5 miles. By comparison, I typically average 16-17mph on my 10.5 mile work commute.

- Hydrate. We both drank a lot of water, and stopped twice to buy more. I'm cheap on the sports drinks - a sliver of lemon or lime in my water bottle adds enough flavor to get me through so far.

- Eat something. I only ate two Clif bars over my distance. It felt sufficient.

- Smell the scenery. Don't be afraid to stop/slow down. And don't look at the odometer for a long time.

- Be comfortable on your bike. My Bridgestone is comfortable, but not a perfect fit, and its braking is barely adequate for me. You don't need an expensive bike for long distances, but don't be afraid to spend the bucks for the right fit, or take time buying a new bike that fits properly. I bought the Bridgestone for $150, no complaints here.

- Have fun!

I've now completed two half-centuries and a metric century in the last two months. These are the farthest distances I've ever ridden. This was also my highest week mileage to date: about 105. Quite happy with this progress so far. Thanks Scott for the ride & for taking pics.
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Great reports! Inspiring to say the least. You guys are awesome.
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Old 07-27-08, 07:39 PM   #6
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Congratulations to both of you. Well done!
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Great job and well done!
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Good job and nice pictures! What was the elevation profile?
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Sounds like a great ride, but it's EXTREMELY disappointing to hear of drivers in my home state (Maine) acting like tards. Hopefully they were a M*******, but if it was a Mainer, TISK TISK, for shame!

Sounds like everything turned out just fine though. I'm getting homesick looking at those pics..
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It looks like y'all had a lot of fun on the ride, and a nice destination to boot (not many lighthouses here in the Dallas area!).

I've got one of those superflashes, and works fine- except if you bang the bike around a bit, it'll pop open and part will fall on the ground.
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Good job and nice pictures! What was the elevation profile?
I can't get you a graphic of the elevation profile easily, but there were no major hills or grades. Total climbing according to my garmin for the imperial century was just under 4300 feet.
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it's EXTREMELY disappointing to hear of drivers in my home state (Maine)...
If memory serves, it was Florida plates. And thankfully only one (very) close call in 63 miles. Being alert has its perks.
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Sounds like a great ride, but it's EXTREMELY disappointing to hear of drivers in my home state (Maine) acting like tards. Hopefully they were a M*******, but if it was a Mainer, TISK TISK, for shame!

Sounds like everything turned out just fine though. I'm getting homesick looking at those pics..
You got something against M*******s? eh?
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You got something against M*******s? eh?
Ha, not at all, actually. I lived a little outside Boston for about 2 years, but I know there's a little good-natured animosity between civilized Maine folk and those "from away". And despite the poor reputation of Boston's drivers, I find them easier to deal with than Ohio drivers. It's a difference of extremes, Boston drivers are fast and rude, Cleveland drivers are slow and inattentive.

It's disappointing to hear of anyone acting like idiots (see that thread just started about a poster having a bottle thrown at him), but it's even more so when they're from my own home.. I like to have my pristine thoughts that my people are better than that, be they from Maine, or anywhere in New England.


To LordBass: PHEW, good to hear it was some Floridian. Makes me feel better...
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hey you can't hate on florida....although I don't live there anymore I am a native... but in actuality like 99.988734634634 % of people in Florida are from somewhere else. probably New York... so blame them... hehe
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