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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-11-09, 02:13 PM   #1
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Completed My First Century

Metric century that is. I went to Sylacauca, AL for a organized ride this morning and rode their 64.5 mile metric century. At the very beginning the two guys I was with took off on a break away and I got caught in a slower group so I didn't see them again but I ended up riding with a couple of guys and a gal from Birmingham, AL. I had never ridden in an organized ride much less a century so I had some learning to do as far as the group etiquette goes but I picked that up quickly and we had a very nice long ride. I was hoping to average somewhere around 16-17 mph but we ended up with just under 18 at 17.9 mph. Don't let anyone tell you that just because you're 60 something years old that you can't ride a bike because every one of the others in my group were 58+. I will be doing more endurance rides, my next goal is the 100 mile century.
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Old 04-11-09, 04:17 PM   #2
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...I will be doing more endurance rides, my next goal is the 100 mile century.
Very nice performance; you could surely do 100 now. If you want to progress beyond 100 miles, I would suggest brevet riding. Check out RUSA or the long distance forum for more info. Brevets are timed, but non-competitive events. For example, you get a 13+1/2 hour time to complete 200k (@125 miles), 20 hours to go 300k (@200 miles), etc. It sounds like you have the will to do it. Best of luck at 100 and beyond.
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Old 04-11-09, 04:25 PM   #3
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It took me a couple Metric C's before I could handle an English one myself. Keep at em!!!
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Very Nice !!!! I did my first metric last summer and hoping to do my second in two weeks. They sure are addicting !!!!
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Congratulations, that is quite an accomplishment. My first 100k was done on my MTB and took me 6.5 hours. When I started riding my road bike I was able to cut the time in half.

Once you get it into your head that you can do the imperial century, you will do it. Getting over the mental hump of the challenge was harder for me than the actual ride.
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Congratulations! And I agree, that if you can do a metric century at that pace, you could probably do a 100-mile century right now, too. It might be slower, but no law that says it has to be fast.
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Congrats on your first metric! On the second metric I did last summer I waited a month then did a full century. I'm sure you're ready for it now!

StephenH is right, you don't have to be fast to complete the rides

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Congrats, I rode my first metric today as well.
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Excellent! How did you feel the next day?
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Very nice performance; you could surely do 100 now. If you want to progress beyond 100 miles, I would suggest brevet riding. Check out RUSA or the long distance forum for more info. Brevets are timed, but non-competitive events. For example, you get a 13+1/2 hour time to complete 200k (@125 miles), 20 hours to go 300k (@200 miles), etc. It sounds like you have the will to do it. Best of luck at 100 and beyond.
brockga - That's one heckuva pace you're managing to keep up! Nice work. You're likely to find that long distance riding is addictive, and you want to go further. If that's the case, take chewybrian's advice and join RUSA and your local randonneuring club.
You're well over the low speed necessary to complete a brevet, but there are additional challenges that the randonneurs introduce:
Navigation - There are no Dan Henrys painted on the street; you get a cue sheet with turns and mileages
Self Supported - There are control stations where you get your brevet card signed/stamped, but not the typical "event style" rest stop with a food/water tent and mechanics. It's your responsibility to provide your own food and mechanical support.
Terrain - Man, oh man... the randonneurs love their hills.
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Old 04-12-09, 11:27 PM   #12
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Wow, I was out of town for a day and everyone chimed in. I felt pretty tight today after having slept. I played some football with my fiance's family and I rolled my ankle in a small hole in the yard so that hurts but other than that I'm feeling ok. Actually, my butt hurts pretty bad but that's the only thing that's uncomfortable today. It looks like I'm going to be doing another metric century if not a english century on May 10th or so in Montgomery, AL. I don't know any specifics yet but my fiance's uncle is a cyclist and he is supposed to be sending me a link. Maybe I will see some of you there.
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Great Job! Keep it up. As others have said, if your body can do a metric, your mind is the only thing keeping you from an English. Way to go!
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