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Old 09-30-12, 07:17 PM   #1
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Bragging: back-to-back centuries!

This weekend my husband and I took part in the MS Society "City to Shore" ride. It starts in Cherry Hill, NJ (just to the east of Philadelphia PA), and runs across the breadth of NJ to the shore town of Ocean City. They sometimes call it the "City to Shore 150" because that's the base length: 75 miles out , 75 miles back the next day.

Oh -- and there's an optional loop on the way out, so you can do 100 miles on the first day.

Of course, if you're crazy, you can ride to the starting line for another few miles. And then ride some more when you get back, in addition to just getting home, because why stop at just 90 miles?

So day 1: 110 miles
Day 2: 100.02 miles

Phil had *FIVE* flat tires: 1 puncture, 3 "old tube split on the seam" (that's how we know the tubes are old) and one "we're STILL not quite sure what happened".

And new readers: 3 years ago, I was getting tired and winded doing a 6 mile ride on flat terrain. I needed to stop after about 4 miles, and catch my breath before going the rest of the way. If you stay with it...
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Old 09-30-12, 07:40 PM   #2
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Back to back centuries deserve a big ATTAGRRRL!!!!
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Congratulations. That is awesome. I still have yet to do my first century. I thought it would be next weekend but was not able to put in the training that we had hoped to over the summer. Just a bit too many thunder storms. I can't imagine the day that I can do two centuries back to back. Hopefully, one day in the not too distant future. Of course, I really need to invest in a good pair of biking shorts first. Without them, 30 seems to be my limit so far and absolutely nothing the next day.

Again, congratulations.
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Cool!
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Wow!!! That's great. Doing a century is my goal for next spring. You've come a long way and I'm inspired by all the success stories I've read on the forums.

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WOW! Great job!
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Of course, I really need to invest in a good pair of biking shorts first. Without them, 30 seems to be my limit....
Kuzomundo biboir bibs with elastonometer lycra, instead of ordinary lycra are the best for centuries. Like their advertizing says... "These shorts are not a pain in the A$$."
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Have ridden the Answer to the Arizona Challenge back in the mid-1980s.

3-day ride. 100 the first day. 100 miles the second day and 125 miles on the thrid day.
Over 22,000 ft of climbing. Finished in Phoenix at only 103 degrees . . .
Oh, and we were told we could not do that on our tandem.
But we did!
Stoker Kay did not volunteer to that event again!
The next year it snowed on that event on top of MIngus Mountain!
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Have ridden the Answer to the Arizona Challenge back in the mid-1980s.

3-day ride. 100 the first day. 100 miles the second day and 125 miles on the thrid day.
Over 22,000 ft of climbing. Finished in Phoenix at only 103 degrees . . .
Hole. Lee. She. It.
I sit in gape-mouthed admiration.
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I was about to leave the Hammonton stop on Saturday when I saw you.
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See, you can go from barely able to make it around the block to doing back-to=back centuries. I'm duly impressed and you should be bragging.
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Kuzomundo biboir bibs with elastonometer lycra, instead of ordinary lycra are the best for centuries. Like their advertizing says... "These shorts are not a pain in the A$$."
Thanks for the info.
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Congratulations. I did my first and second centuries this year back to back also. 106/107 miles. The first day was fairly easy, the second day was hell. A year before that, I had to use a cane to walk and about 6 months before it, I was out of breath after 1.5 miles.
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Amazing feat!
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great job!
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What an accomplishment! First to ride one century and the next day ridding another. How was the second day?

This year my wife and I did 2 rides that were like this. The first one was the Seattle to Portland ride which is 100 miles the first day and 100 miles the second day (in July). They say that this is a pretty flat route, but that is not true to a Clyde! It was over 5000 feet of climbing. The second day was "rolling hills" for the first 20 miles or so. That was pretty hard. At least we have about 10 miles to warm up first.

Then in August we did the Seattle to Vancouver BC ride. That is 100 miles on the first day and 88 miles on the second day. The ride was describe as much harder since there were more hills, 6000+ feet of climbing. This ride was harder but more enjoyable since there were not as many people. The Seattle to Portland ride have over 10,000 people riding where the Seattle to Vancouver had only 1400. The first day of the Vancouver ride, at mile 90 there were some major hills. Good thing I just had gotten my second wind so I was able to do it.

I trained since October of last year to get in shape to do these rides, losing about 60lbs.

Anyway, that is a great accomplishment.
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So day 1: 110 miles
Day 2: 100.02 miles

3 years ago, I was getting tired and winded doing a 6 mile ride on flat terrain. I needed to stop after about 4 miles, and catch my breath before going the rest of the way. If you stay with it...
That's amazing. You are the spirit of Yoda incarnate. "Do or do not, there is no try."

I may take more than three years, or less, but if you can do it, I believe I can too! :-) Now... where do I end up if I ride out from here 100 miles, and is there a hotel within 5 miles of there? And hopefully it's uphill to start so I have something to look forward to for the return. Anyone know a web tool that will figure out how far you can get within 100 miles of a starting address?
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