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Old 05-26-14, 01:15 PM   #1
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I did my first metric century, Yay!

So i did it and im very proud of myself for reaching this goal.
I didn't plan to ride a century and was not really prepared to do it.
I used to be a quitter and now i have transformed to a winner amd it feels amazing!

I planned doing a 60 k ride on sunday and i totally overslept. Woke up around 11:30 and wasn't really in the mood for a ride.
But i felt guilty so got on the bike anyway. Didn't plan for a long ride so only took 1 bottle of water and a granola bar and that's it. It was really hot 25 C but the wind made it doable.
The ride went really smooth and after 55k i stopped at my parents house to refill my water bottle i was very thirsty because of the heat. Had a small sandwhich and got back on the bike planning to ride home (+- 7k).
But the ride was so nice i thought i make a bigger loop to home.
So when i was almost home i checked Strava and it was on 76k. So then i thought; come what may i will ride a 100k today!
So i kept on pedaling. At 85k my ass and legs where on fire and i just wanted to quit. So i stopped at a gas station and bought a coke and a snickers. I thought i deserved it. After the break i got on the bike and started pedaling and just pushing through the pain, at this point it was quite bad. But before i knew it i was back home and finished my first century!

Conditoning wise i could go on, but my ass was completely done. It's still tingeling a bit today.

Here's the proof:



Slow, Flat, but still a 100k :-)
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Old 05-26-14, 01:19 PM   #2
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So i did it and im very proud of myself for reaching this goal.
Here's the proof:



Slow, Flat, but still a 100k :-)
Congrats!!!!!
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Old 05-26-14, 01:26 PM   #3
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May have been flat, but definitely still a century by our standards. Congrats!

(This would mean I've done a "metric" century too hehe...!)
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Old 05-26-14, 01:57 PM   #4
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Congrats

Now take that same route and plan on doing it again but this time PLAN for it. Do a search on Century Rides and you will get good advice to help you.

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Old 05-26-14, 02:00 PM   #5
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Way to go!

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Sweet! Seeing progress on the bike is a great payoff for all the long hours of training.

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Old 05-26-14, 06:26 PM   #8
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Congrats. Next time be prepared for it and enjoy.
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Old 05-27-14, 10:01 PM   #12
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Good job. 22.7 km average (14.1 mph) is good, too.

We get kind of used to riding long distances, but riding 100 km is quite unbelievable to a non-rider.

You were almost home at 75 km, too. It's easy to bail out and take the short way home.

On one of my first long rides, I rode to the group ride start, then (slowly) home afterwards. Nearing home, I was at about 60 miles, 96.5 km, and just couldn't / didn't want to go even 2 miles / 3 km more to get my first 100km.
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Great job. Congrats!
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