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    Senior Member racethenation's Avatar
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    My First Event Ride

    On Saturday I rode in my first organized event. I rode the Half Century option of the Elk River Century in Tullahoma, TN. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision to ride it. I have been working toward my first metric later this month. I missed a couple of long rides while my bike was down for almost two weeks because of a couple of broken spokes. I finally got my bike back on Friday with a new rear wheel, I rode 12 miles as soon as I got it home, and decided I needed a good ride on Saturday.

    I got to the ride in plenty of time, and thought that I had everything with me. When I went to put my water bottles on the bike I remembered that they were still in the freezer at home. Oh well, I bent my bottle holders in enough to accommodate some bottled water bottles and made do. I made my usual mistake when I started, and I started off way too fast. I did the first 20 miles at a 17 mph pace, which is at least 1-2 mph faster than I needed to be. Then the hills started. Nothing was extreme, but it was 2000 feet of climbing over the 50 mile route. I was worn out after 35 miles, but managed to finish in 3:30 overall with 3:15 time on the bike

    Overall it was a great experience, and I am looking forward to my first metric in a few weeks.

    That is me in the grey shirt and the red helmet.
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    V8s all day primov8's Avatar
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    Congrats
    I'm looking forward to riding in my first organized event as well, the Bike MS NY Tour on Oct. 5. Originally signed up for the 30 mile trip, but we plan on finishing the 60 mile trip instead.

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    Good deal...... I'm trainning for my first Century and cannot wait till November when it occurs. Question?? What type of seat are you using? I'm searching for one that helps out after the first 50. I did 75 the other day and thought I was going to die from the pain in my a**. Keep it up!!!!

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    I'm a Cyclist! Missbumble's Avatar
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    Hey! great job! 15+ Avg mph for your first half-century is great!! Glad you had fun!

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    Fun aren't they? Congratulations on a job well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
    Fun aren't they? Congratulations on a job well done!
    What he said.
    You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. - Robin Williams

    Never be frightenend to walk out of step with others because you will walk on ground no one else touches

    Remember, hard work pays off later but procastination pays off now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by racethenation View Post
    On Saturday I rode in my first organized event. I rode the Half Century option of the Elk River Century in Tullahoma, TN. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision to ride it. I have been working toward my first metric later this month. I missed a couple of long rides while my bike was down for almost two weeks because of a couple of broken spokes. I finally got my bike back on Friday with a new rear wheel, I rode 12 miles as soon as I got it home, and decided I needed a good ride on Saturday.

    I got to the ride in plenty of time, and thought that I had everything with me. When I went to put my water bottles on the bike I remembered that they were still in the freezer at home. Oh well, I bent my bottle holders in enough to accommodate some bottled water bottles and made do. I made my usual mistake when I started, and I started off way too fast. I did the first 20 miles at a 17 mph pace, which is at least 1-2 mph faster than I needed to be. Then the hills started. Nothing was extreme, but it was 2000 feet of climbing over the 50 mile route. I was worn out after 35 miles, but managed to finish in 3:30 overall with 3:15 time on the bike

    Overall it was a great experience, and I am looking forward to my first metric in a few weeks.

    That is me in the grey shirt and the red helmet.
    Thanks for sharing the story of the ride. And the story of your continued success - many folks on this forum remember your early riding on the old Huffy. I know I find it inspiring.

    Neil B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobull60 View Post
    What type of seat are you using? I'm searching for one that helps out after the first 50. I did 75 the other day and thought I was going to die from the pain in my a**. Keep it up!!!!
    I am probably the wrong person to ask that question. The seat that I am using is a Velo Plush that Wal-Mart sold in the early 90's. It goes against every piece of advice that you will find on this forum. It is thick gel padded seat with lots of cushioning. I tried the Selle Ponza seat that came stock on my bike. I actually used for like two weeks because I know it takes a little to break in a seat sometime. I finally came to the conclusion that I would rather just ride on the seat post than continue using that seat. So, I moved my old faithful cheap seat to my road bike. One day when I have enough money to throw at it, I am going to get a new seat.

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    Senior Member racethenation's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Thanks for sharing the story of the ride. And the story of your continued success - many folks on this forum remember your early riding on the old Huffy. I know I find it inspiring.

    Neil B.
    Thanks Neil. I had a 30 mile ride with my wife planned a few weeks. I had borrowed a road bike from a friend for her to ride. The day before, I broke a spoke on my road bike. I wound up using the Huffy for the 30 mile ride. It actually made it through the ride. It wasn't quiet or fast, but it still got the job done. It has got to the World's highest mileage Huffy.

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