Yesterday I complete my first century. It was a grueling 110 miles of hills and gravel with a dash of mud. I have been training since winter and it payed off. I started my quest to get in shape an lose weight last year. I did not own a bike just over a year ago and had never "trained" for any athletic event. The event is called the Dirty Kanza and this is the first year that they had a "100" mile route. Of the 300 registered for the 110 mile route 147 finished the course in the required time (10 mi. / hour average). I finished 119th overall. As to the weight I am down from 365lbs to the current weight of 312. I just want to finish with saying thanks for being you Clydes and Athenians I have used information from the form to help with all kinds of issues facing a large fella get ready for something like this.