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    Attempted first century today

    I've been waiting weeks to ride this century. Up early this morning, prepared everything last night and out the door at 5:30am. Everything went well until 10:00 when the wind picked up. Stopped to have lunch at 67 mile, checked in with timer and decided I"d had enough.
    I felt bad for not going on, until I talked to many others who had also given up. Some of the others were hardcore cyclist, triathletes and racers. I at least rode my age+ (60), next time all the way!

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    Congratulations on the 67 mile ride on a windy day. The century will come.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Way to go Mud. Welcome to 60+.

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    You did a century. It may be a metric, but it's still a century.

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    I've always considered the wind to be less friendlier than hills. Your day will come so it was an excellent call to wait until the conditions are more conducive to a successful completion. 67 miles is a fur piece anyway.

    I've said it many times, but when you do ride your first century, (and it will be sooner than you think), be mentally prepared for the last 20-25 miles. For whatever reason around 80 miles a lot of times the ride loses it's appeal. If that happens, just focus on some short term goals-something like getting to the next rest stop or celebrating every time you roll past a 5 mile point. It is certainly okay to talk to yourself and cheer yourself on!!! Laughing helps as much as anything I've found. Refocus on something other than the odometer as well-avoid looking at it as it just has a way of stopping or at least seems to!! Or if you can change the display to cadence or something else to concentrate on try that.

    Once you get past 90 the adrenaline kicks back in realizing that you can do it and you're not far away but there's something in that 75-90 mile window that is a real mental battle.

    When it's your time your going to do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillisB
    You did a century. It may be a metric, but it's still a century.
    +1. Tell some non-cycling friends how far you went. They'll fall out of their chairs, and, either secretly or openly think you ought to have your head examined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mud
    I've been waiting weeks to ride this century. Up early this morning, prepared everything last night and out the door at 5:30am. Everything went well until 10:00 when the wind picked up. Stopped to have lunch at 67 mile, checked in with timer and decided I"d had enough.
    I felt bad for not going on, until I talked to many others who had also given up. Some of the others were hardcore cyclist, triathletes and racers. I at least rode my age+ (60), next time all the way!

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    Congratulations Mud! A metric century is just as good

    The wind has caused many cyclist to call it a day. I often find it tougher than climbing hills. At least you can see the top of that hill and the wind never seems to end
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillisB
    You did a century. It may be a metric, but it's still a century.
    WillisB beat me to it! Congratulations.

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    Wow, nice ride. The first century I ever did was in Faro, ND where the only hills are the approaches over the interstate. And there was absolutely no wind that day, almost unheard of for Fargo!
    If I would have had much wind I'd have been proud to just break the 50 mile market, much less 67!
    Congratulations!

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    Sweet ride....67 Miles is not nothing to sneeze at....

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    Good going mud. On a windy day a metric is as tough as a full century on a calm day.

    Next time, you'd better complete the full century, or your name is mud.

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    Well done, mud! You got the metric + some. Wind... a four-letter word!

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    PRIDE was what I felt on my first metric century. Especially with Wind!!! Ya done Good!!!
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

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    I hate the wind worse than anything. Hills are temporary, and don't move around and come at you again and again. You did good. Wind will beat me before hills every time.

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    You tried and came short but there's always another day. Congratulations, you made the metric century.

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    A century is such an arbitrary thing anyway. We happen to measure distance in miles and people attach significance to the number 100.

    Look at how many "centuries" you did today:

    Kilometers (Metric)
    furlongs
    rods (many times over)
    hectometers
    stadia (ancient Greek measurement, approx 370 meters)

    And so on and so forth.

    If we all decided to measure our rides in "the speed of light over 1 second" units, then none of our rides would look very impressive.

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    What the heck is wrong with you, a man your age riding that far on a bike?
    Shouldn't you be playing golf?
    I haven't done a century for a long time.........must confess it was metric, too.

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    I've ridden just one metric century in my pro cycling career, which goes back nearly two years now. Be proud. Be very proud.
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    Thanks to ALL for your support! I've had a nap, dinner, shower and feel a whole lot better about today!
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    Frickin WIND anyway!
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    Good job Mud.

    Cycling is supposed to be FUN. I believe you did the right thing. It sounds as if you enjoyed your ride and you stopped when it got to be overly onerous. There will be other days to try 100 miles.

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    It will happen...the wind can really be a killer...

    Once you get one under you belt you'll be wondering what the big deal was..lol

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    << For whatever reason around 80 miles a lot of times the ride loses its appeal.>>

    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillisB
    You did a century. It may be a metric, but it's still a century.
    Oh no it's not!! Ther is a VERY big diffrence between riding 64 miles and 100 miles, both in physical and mental terms. That's not to demean the OP's 67 mile ride, but I do think wind is just a part of cycling in the same way that hills are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    I've ridden just one metric century in my Pre cycling career, which goes back nearly two years now. Be proud. Be very proud.
    Have corrected your post as with the new bike- it is only just starting.

    Mud---With a name like that you must be from the offroading darkside. Nothing wrong with calling it a day if the conditions go against you- and that is from my own experience. Centuries are not the easiest distance to do in good weather but you now know what to expect. That 67 miles in those conditions is exceptional enough but at least you did a metric.
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