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Old 08-17-12, 01:27 PM   #1
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Big day tomorrow - first official century. Wish me luck!

I signed up for the Cool Breeze century - it starts in Ventura CA and works its way up to Santa Barbara and then back. Weather is supposed to be awesome - high of 74 or so (where have I heard that song before?) and a nice tailwind from Santa Barbara all the way back to Ventura.

There are two hills - one is about 1,000 feet but the overall century is pretty flat (3k climbing total). I've put a ton of miles in my bike this year, which would mean 1,800 for me so far and I've ridden as far as 87 miles (did a 75 miler two weeks ago) so I think I'm ready!

I'm carpooling out in the morning with one of my occasional riding buddies, so the temptation to ride at his pace needs to be squashed (he'll probably average 18 mph or so and I could probably keep up (drafting) for some number of miles more than 50 and less than 100, but the less than 100 part concerns me. ) Good thing I'm doing the driving so I have that choice. ha ha.

Nothing left to do but to do it I guess.
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Good Luck, though it doesn't sound like you need it because you've done the prep work and are ready. Just remember to stay hydrated, and eat along the way. More importantly, don't let the moment and your freinds higher pace push you past your own limits. Ride your own ride and mark this puppy off of the to do list.
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The double metric is more your style so the century will be easy for you.
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Good Luck, though it doesn't sound like you need it because you've done the prep work and are ready. Just remember to stay hydrated, and eat along the way. More importantly, don't let the moment and your freinds higher pace push you past your own limits. Ride your own ride and mark this puppy off of the to do list.
Great advice that I have heard and listed to. It's taken me a long way (pun intended)

Trojan - you got this. Eat, drink and be merry - at your(!) pace - along the way.
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Ha. Smart choice to be the driver of the carpooling. As long as the keys of the car driving both home are in YOUR pocket, everything goes at YOUR pace.

Done 75, barring an eartquake, russian military invasion, or a tsunami, a 100 is a done deal. You probably know the laundry list by memory already so no need to bother you with repetitive suggestions. Just enjoy it. The holder of the car keys rules for the day...if your friend decides to ride together remember it is him adjusting to your pace and not the other way around. ;-)

Ride report when you can, good luck!!
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Enjoy. I am green with envy. And, as always, pix or it didn't happen!
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Easy money, you GMR stud. I'm jealous. Tomorrow is the first anniversary ride of my first organised ride - San Diego Bike The Bay 1/4C - and I'll be missing it due to illness.

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After a dozen or so charity rides, here's my advice:

  • Take time to stop at all of the rest stops. Thank the volunteers at each one. This takes time off your 'fastest ride', but it's worth it.
  • Ride at your own pace. Ride your own ride.
  • Start slower than you think you need to. It's WAY too easy to get caught up in the excitement and blow up in the first 15 miles. I tell myself this every time, and I still don't heed my own advice.
  • Start eating and drinking before you get hungry or thirsty. Rest stops are there for a reason.
  • Don't be afraid to ride alone. It's a great way to slow down and enjoy the scenery, a quiet stretch of road, and the susurration of your well-maintained bicycle.
  • Don't be afraid to ride with a group (unless they're being unsafe... then feel free to drop off the back). It's a great way to really feel part of something bigger, and the increased speed from riding in a paceline is fun.
  • Some of the best times I've had on group rides have been when I've ridden along with one other solo rider for a few miles. On back roads, you can ride side-by-side, strike up a conversation (ask them a complementary question about their bike), and make a new friend (that you'll probably never see again).
  • Don't feel bad if people pass you. Instead of beating yourself up for riding too slowly, repeat the mantra 'ride my own ride'.
  • Don't get cocky if you pass people. Try not to blow past them so fast it's embarrassing.
  • If you're riding alone and only slowly catching up with them, maybe ride with them a bit. Take a hint if they don't seem interested; maybe they're looking to enjoy some alone time.
  • Enjoy the ride. Your ride.
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Have a great ride! It will be great weather and there are is no climbing on that ride! Just some little baby bumpies. It'll be a boat load of fun. Wish I could make it down there to join you.
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Last rest stop of the ride (which is the same location as the first stop) has popsicles....

Wonder if you could make a slushy by sliding the popsicle off the stick into a bottle and adding some water.

See you on the ride!
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Looking forward to it... I think I have identified the problem I've had on my last few rides (HOT! HOT!!) was under hydrating so I'll definitely drink enough tomorrow. No freezing my water bottles the night before this time!

It's not a mass start, so hopefully the hysteria of the early ride will be, uh, not hysterical. I'm not in it to set any land speed records, that's for sure.

peckma - I'll be sporting my shiny new arrogant bastard ale jersey - holler if you ride by.

Ooh - my new Canari bibs just arrived, should I wear them? (I kid... )

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I signed up for the Cool Breeze century - it starts in Ventura CA and works its way up to Santa Barbara and then back. Weather is supposed to be awesome - high of 74 or so (where have I heard that song before?) and a nice tailwind from Santa Barbara all the way back to Ventura.

There are two hills - one is about 1,000 feet but the overall century is pretty flat (3k climbing total). I've put a ton of miles in my bike this year, which would mean 1,800 for me so far and I've ridden as far as 87 miles (did a 75 miler two weeks ago) so I think I'm ready!

I'm carpooling out in the morning with one of my occasional riding buddies, so the temptation to ride at his pace needs to be squashed (he'll probably average 18 mph or so and I could probably keep up (drafting) for some number of miles more than 50 and less than 100, but the less than 100 part concerns me. ) Good thing I'm doing the driving so I have that choice. ha ha.

Nothing left to do but to do it I guess.
TH, you will love that ride. I live out that way (or technically out this way) and the course is fantastic. The ocean breezes are sure nice to have now that the humidity is so high. Watch out for the freeway sections.

Have fun. Report back.

BTW...did you see the Yahoo article, ranking the Trojans as #1 pre-season favorites? Very well written article.
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TH, you will love that ride. I live out that way (or technically out this way) and the course is fantastic. The ocean breezes are sure nice to have now that the humidity is so high. Watch out for the freeway sections.

Have fun. Report back.

BTW...did you see the Yahoo article, ranking the Trojans as #1 pre-season favorites? Very well written article.
Thanks I didn't see it (yet).... ah, August, when the hopes and dreams and expectations are SKY HIGH and no reasonable Trojan expects less than a national title. I went to the game in Miami last time we won it all (although apparently it didn't happen) so it would be karma to go to Miami again this year. I'm optimistic but it's always such a long road with so many chances to get derailed.
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Weather is supposed to be awesome - high of 74 or so (where have I heard that song before?) and a nice tailwind from Santa Barbara all the way back to Ventura.
What website are you looking at for your weather? I think it will still be a great ride, but 74?
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Weather.com! Don't be messing with me like that PhotoShopJoe! Your 9 is wrong! next time find another weather.com page that has an actual 9 they use rather than making one up. Cripes. Have you never edited your boarding passes? You'd make a terrible spy.

http://www.weather.com/weather/weeke...+USCA1193:1:US

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Weather.com! Don't be messing with me like that PhotoShopJoe! Your 9 is wrong! next time find another weather.com page that has an actual 9 they use rather than making one up. Cripes. Have you never edited your boarding passes? You'd make a terrible spy.
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love the humidity and chance of rain.
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high of 74 or so (where have I heard that song before?)


Good luck, I'm looking forward to the ride report!
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Joes weather report would have been normal for Richmond va in August...glad I moved west.
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Good luck. May you have a stiff tail wind out and back.

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Big day tomorrow - first official century. Wish me luck!

TH you got this! Having seen you ride, I have no doubt you will have a great ride. I look forward to the ride report, pics and Strava data. I would like to do this ride next year....hmmm maybe get a bunch of us Clyde/Athenas to do it "together"...maybe not ride together but do the event at same time sort of "together".
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Ya, that would be fun - I picked Cool Breeze because it's reputedly easy, except for that 100 miles thing. They also have a metric, a double metric and as mentioned above, popsicles. What's not to like?

Ironically, the humidity tomorrow is supposed to be 71% so Joe didn't have to tweak that one much. 10% chance of rain. I would DIE LAUGHING if it rained, I would be unable to continue from general laughter.
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I rode with a different club this morning. We did about thirty miles. There were folks on the ride from 20 - 70. As such the pace was easy...I think for the entire thing we maybe averaged 14

I was amazed actually at the end of the ride that I wasn't even close to tired, I don't even think I sweated with any regularity. I am confident at that pace a century would be a piece of cake. At my normal 60 mile ride pace, I would struggle a lot on a 100 mile.

I say watch your average, since there is no climbing and keep it where this one is in the bag....you can always dialog up the last 30 if your feeling very strong.
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