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Old 10-24-08, 02:14 AM   #1
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First Century and weather brings a change in plans

Tomorrow's weather forecast for what was supposed to be my first Century is as follows:

"Cloudy with showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Windy with highs in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent"

So, I'm thinking I'm really not doing that--sorry. Rain--ok, not too bad. Winds up to 30 with higher gusts--hmm, maybe not. Thunderstorms--definitely not!

But the forecast for today is: "Partly sunny, with a high near 63. East wind between 7 and 13 mph."


Sooo, I'm going to do an "unsupported" Century today on my own instead. Well, not truly unsupported--I'll have my DH available for SAG and to help if need by just a phone call away.

I plan on following the same route that the Tour sponsors have laid out--they've already got the roads all marked for the routes; so I can have my DH drop me off where the "Start" line is and just start riding!

I'll go down tomorrow morning and pick up my T-Shirt from them and then come home.

I'm setting off this morning about 8:00am and should be done by 4:00 or 5:00 this evening.

That way, I can get back on my healthy eating track, too. The last week and half, I've upped my calories and haven't even been tracking anything. I had began to feel so weak with the amount of riding I was doing and trying to keep a calorie deficit, so I followed a suggestion to increase my caloric intake until after my Century. Well, let's just say I've taken advantage of that and have eaten plenty! I've gained 3 pounds in a week and half--some of which I know is glycogen and "woman issues" related and will that will drop away soon.

So, 100 miles or so today and then back on my healthy eating lifestyle with less cycling and more gym work-outs since cooler weather is here, too. I have come to the conclusion that the amount of cycling I was doing this late summer and fall is not conducive to weight loss. It just takes too much energy to cycle 300--500 miles a month that I couldn't keep a deficit and feel healthy or have energy. Throw in the almost impossible task of keeping my glucose levels up to avoid the severe lows I have been having for the past 3 months and it is just too much of a chore right now to put in hours every day on the bike, lose weight, and maintain my diabetic control.

So, until I reach my goal, I'm going to cut back on the cycling to a more "casual" type riding (meaning 40-50 miles a week) and spend some time doing other forms of light cardio exercise.

I told my DH I'm even thinking of taking swim lessons at the gym--maybe! It'd be cool to do a Triathlon all on my own next year!

I've been burning up like 4,000 to 10,000 or more calories a week cycling and plan to cut that back to around 300-800 calories burned per day.

The good thing is that after several days of eating pretty much what I've wanted to, my body should be jolted by a return to a 1300-1400 a day diet and I'm hoping I'll see a return to steady weight loss--at least for a couple weeks anyway!

I'll check in this evening after my Century and give a ride report.
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Old 10-24-08, 07:09 AM   #2
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Old 10-24-08, 03:51 PM   #3
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Back! 100.54 miles in 7 hours and 5 minutes. Wind wasn't too bad but was enough of a hassle to slow me down considerably. Not a lot of fun on my own though--glad I had my iPod!
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Congrats! A solo Century is always tougher than a group ride.
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Old 10-24-08, 04:30 PM   #5
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Was it the 'Ride Between the Waters'? "Well Done & Congrats !!!
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Was it the 'Ride Between the Waters'? "Well Done & Congrats !!!
Yep! Well, the official ride is tomorrow but they can have it all they want with 25 to 35mph winds, rain, and T-Storms! I'll be sitting home in my recliner with my very tired legs.
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YAY Squirrell That is awesome!!! Woo hoo first century - and no great SAG Stops to look forward to - just you and the road. Amazing Job!!
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Way to go.
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Old 10-25-08, 08:15 AM   #9
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I know many of you have done lots of Centuries but this was really special for me not just because it was my first either. But because a little over 6 months, I was 140 pounds overweight, my Diabetes and BP were out of control, I was on 7 pills a day (prescribed), and the first time I rode, it took me 1 hour and 40 minutes to go 4 miles, and I thought I would die!

So, seeing that 100 miles come up on my odometer was something that meant a lot to me beyond just being a "100 mile ride."

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So glad I went yesterday! It is windy, windy, windy, today and raining off and on. conditions are supposed to detoriate throughout the day.

We just went down to the start to get my T-Shirt and guess what? One of the women taking part in the Tour today had crashed!

Her DH was in front of her on his bike and missed a turn; he turned real fast, she tried to follow, but with the wet roads, she lost traction and crashed into him. he was ok but she was hurt. We stopped to help--my DH has training as a Wilderness First Responder. We stayed until the ambulance came. The woman was 59 years old and they were only 6 miles into their 60 mile option route. My DH says he thinks she broke her hip!

The route actually runs right in front of our house, so I'm sitting here now, sipping on coffee, and watching all the cyclists ride by in the wind and rain.
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Old 10-25-08, 02:17 PM   #10
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Congrats. You should be sitting in your t-shirt under canopy in the front yard, offering warm coffee.
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Yep! Well, the official ride is tomorrow but they can have it all they want with 25 to 35mph winds, rain, and T-Storms! I'll be sitting home in my recliner with my very tired legs.
That sounds like you made the right decision

Congrats!
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You are very wise. Congrats on the first century -- I'm not sure I'd want to do one without support.
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