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Old 09-20-09, 11:36 AM   #1
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New PR for me yesterday 104.99 miles

Well, I made it. I had the goal of riding 100 miles, and completed it yesterday. I used the 75 mile loop I have done before, and just doubled back on a couple of the bike paths to extend the mileage. Probably about 2500' of climbing.

It's funny, I felt really good through about 80 miles, even called home to check in and boasted "I could do 150!" well, that's what I get for opening my big mouth. About mile 85, it started getting really hard. Then from 90-100 miles, I turned to the east and had what felt like a 250 mph headwind. Yea, it was probably only a 5 mph headwind, but it is this long, uphill sloping section so any wind makes it suck, but I really started to understand how tired I was, but I plugged along.

At just over 100 miles, my front tire got soft. I felt it while taking a corner, stopped, and took a look. It wasn't flat, but was soft. I did NOT feel like fixing it, so I pumped it up as best I could and made it home. It needed air again by the time I got home and was completely flat this morning.

I'm not sore today, just tired. Let's see,

2-water bottles full of gatorade at the start
6-gel packs
1-20oz bottle of water from a friend's house along the way
2-1 liter Dasani waters (2 for $2 at the C-store)
1-32 oz gatorade
1-99 cent pack of cheddar ritz bits

Is it OK if I just round up to 105 miles?

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Old 09-20-09, 11:39 AM   #2
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Congratulation on the ride.
Now you know why every ride is not 100 miles.
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Congratulation on the ride.
Now you know why every ride is not 100 miles.
Yes I do. I now have a whole new level of respect for the pros who ride up and down mountains for 100+ miles, and then have enough left to sprint at the finish! And then do it again the next day.
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Good job! Welcome to the club!

Those last few miles are often the hardest. I don't know if it's purely psychological or not, but I've had to fight for those last 10 or so, just about every century I've done. It's a great feeling, though. Especially when someone asks you what you did for the weekend and you casually mention that you rode 100+ miles Very few people would even consider attempting something like that.

And yes, I'd say you can call it 105
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I think I would have road around in circles to make it show 105.01. :-)

GREAT JOB!!!

I think the last 20 miles is a mental breakdown for me and I don't know why. I have finished the 100 and thought I still had plenty left in the tank to ride, but mentally I didn't think I would ever finish.

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I think I would have road around in circles to make it show 105.01. :-)
Yea, that would have been better. I actually didn't look at the final mileage until a couple hours later. I knew I was over 100, so I just made it home, put the bike in the garage, and didn't look. Oh well.
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Great job!....One thing I do differently than you is that I eat something solid at about mile 65-70. Turkey sandwich is great but if it's gotta be a burger, a burger it is! I did a hilly 50 miler last Wednesday. Then I go this idea that it would be fun to do 100 the next day. I set out on a flat course. Did fine and fought headwinds all day but at mile 70, I felt the fade. I ended up eating a burger and fries at mile 73. My legs were toasty from the previous day and the headwinds were strong, but after the food, I was able to lift the pace back up. Even with the headwinds, I was able to hold 17-18 with no problem. Amazing when you feel better at mile 90 than you did at 65. Something solid makes a big difference in my style of riding Yours may vary! I ened up doing 6 1/2 hours for the flat solo 100.

On several organized rides, they suggest you eat a solid lunch at the strategically placed lunch stop. If you can get hold of a turkey sandwich...........

I had one CliffBar
2 bottles of Gatorade
several bottles of water
1 burger combo!

Purty tasty too!

Still rolling at a decent speed!..that's an "18", not a "10"
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Yea, I need to work on my calorie balance on longer rides. That is where the ritz bits came in, I realized the gels were not going to get me home, but I didn't know what a full meal would do to me. Next time, I'm going to do my 75 mile loop, come home and have lunch, and go back out and see how I feel. No burger and fries though, maybe a chicken breast sandwich and sun chips!

PS. Do you have a photo for everything? I think it's cool, makes your posts more interesting. A small bike camera is on my list of things to get someday.
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Yes, everything! And yes, it's interesting!......I have a thread in the Southern California forum. About 19 pages of pics inlcuding most the riders I encounter on the trail. Over 16,000 views now. I carry my camera on every ride and document the peeps I meet! SOmethignto do I guess!

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Way to go on the century ride. I can relate to the way you felt at 85 miles all to well. Only I hit the wall at around 70 miles. On the flatlands. I'll have to try the turkey sandwich trick next time.
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Unless you are sure your odometer is off by less than 0.01%, then count it as 105, since the margin for error is less than the extra 1/100 mile.

A hundredth of a mile is only 52.8 feet. And since you don't know where you really were between 104.99 and 105, it could have been less. In fact, you could have been only one wheel revolution from 105.

Then of course there is the fact that 104.99999 (with the 9 repeating infinitely) actually is 105 miles...

Sometimes a background in statistics bogs me down in the trivialities.

So, let me just say, Congratulations on riding 105-ish miles.
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