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    My first (and second) century ride(s)!

    Well I did it. Started riding last June. Got a road bike in September, and signed up for this ride in December. I've done a few metrics, and did a hilly (for around here) 80 miler in the training process, but finally hit the 100mi mark twice over the weekend. My favorite training ride was a metric out and back from my house- we stopped at a BBQ place for ribs halfway.

    Day 1 was 110 miles. 3300 ft of climbing, 10-15mph headwind ALL DAY LONG! the wind was much worse than the hills, esp with my sail-like 6'6", 50" chest, 285lb frame. Pretty sure I had 50-100lbs on most of the other riders.

    Day 2 was cold, but much more friendly 100 miles, 1600ft of climbing, and no wind- maybe even a little tail wind. Finished 1 MPH faster on the avg for day 2.

    This was a major goal/milestone for me. It was a great ride and met some great people (who loved riding behind me in the pace lines). I can't wait for the ride next year. I do feel somewhat more legit as a 'cyclist' now even though I'm a Clyde.

    One question- When will I get feeling back in my pinky fingers?

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    Impressive!

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    well you may not be small, but your fit...thats for sure. If you rode back to back centuries, thats more than I have done.

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    (clap clap)

    Well done! My ass hurts just reading this post though.

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    Lost the feeling in your pinky fingers?

    I have been experiencing this as well, at just 30 miles in a day.

    FYI damaged nerves don't renew themselves. If they do, it is at such slow rates that it is insubstantial.

    I doubt your pinky problem, or mine, is from truly damaged nerves, but it is a sign and should not be ignored.

    I ordered some trekking handlebars that I hope will help with mine.

    Congratulations on back to back centuries!

    How long, and what method did you use to prepare for such a feat?

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    wow! Very impressive!! Hope to be half as good as you shortly !

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    Re: the fingers- my right hand was better in 24 hrs, my left is finally coming around. I usually get some tingling on my 40+ rides but I can shake it off and it usually goes away instantly. I think this was just a much longer time frame (6.5 hrs on the first day). I paid more attention to my hand position the second day and things were better but I think the damage was already done. I'm taking a break from the bike for a bit- but things are definitely getting better.

    Re: training- I didn't really use a formal plan. My work schedule is very random- some days I work early in the morning, some days I work overnight, some days I work in the evenings. I basically just rode as much as I could whenever I could. At most it was 3 days a week. But I did specifically sign up for some longer group rides (the 80 and 60 mile rides). What helped me the most was getting a trainer though the winter. Like most of us here- I'm not built for hills. Gravity is just not my friend. As a former offensive lineman my first instinct was to hammer up the hills in big gears- which worked, but then I was gassed after a handful of good climbs. I started watching the guys who were dropping me, and reading more, and learned to spin my way up the hills. It's slower, but once I got my cardiovascular endurance up, I could spin up a hill and keep going.

    So I bought a trainer for the bad weather days, and focused on maintaining a 90RPM cadence for longer and longer intervals. For me, I can recover easier from spinning up a hill as opposed to hammering up a hill. It hurts the pride a bit when the group has to wait for me on hills- but at least I can keep moving after the hill.

    With the wind, and increased climbs, my avg RPM day one was 79, which is high for me, but I was able to do it and finish. Day two was a more typical 72 RPM day for me.
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    so 6.5 hours was your slow time for 102 miles, and your second day was faster. Thats doing really well. Good job.

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    Looked back, 15.95mph for day one and 16.8 for day two. We had a good group on the latter part of the second day of 10-12 riders, which was great- I only had to pull for about 5 out of the last 50 miles. It made a huge difference.
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    Truly outstanding. Particularly for a person that has been cycling for less than a year.
    The one who has the most bikes wins.

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    Hand numbness needs addressing. Here is the best post I have seen on the subject.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Re hand numbness:
    get a professional bike fit.

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    I just had a pro fit before the ride to address some knee and back issues- they did lower my handlebars a bit- I wonder if that's putting increased pressure on my hands. I haven't had any major issues with my 60-80 mile rides (ie any numbness goes away instantly when I take my hand off the handlebar for a few seconds). I think it was the 12.5 hours in the saddle over two days that was too much- but I'm going to have my fit tweaked here in a little bit. It was a Specialized BG fit- they were trying out their new iPad app (I was the first one) and then they had to re-install the app- and lost all my data. So they are re-doing my fit for me to get all the data points in. It's inconvenient, but will give me a chance to fine tune things I guess.
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