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    Finally rode my first century!

    Total Miles........103.07
    Average Speed...13.2mph
    Ride Time..........07:47:03
    Total time out....09:15:00

    I always wondered if I could really ride 100 miles. My best up
    untill now had been 64 to 66 miles, after which I was usually
    saddle sore with a sore neck and sore hands and wrists. I feared
    that 100 miles was going to forever be beyond my reach. Then
    the "Recumbent" entered my life. Now I had the capability to spend
    as long on the bike as I wanted to with no pain what-so-ever.
    The elusive century mark was a possibility after all! I loaded up on
    Carbs Wednesday night (two dishes of my wifes delisicious Goulash),
    and hit the road at 08:15 Thursday morning. The route stayed mostly
    along the shoreline of Lake Ontario and included a leisurely ride
    through Hamlin Beach State Park where our family has camped often.
    About 60 miles into the ride I called my wife and we arranged to meet
    up later for lunch at a local burger stand. That lunch took place
    84 miles into the ride and gave me the rest, fuel and renewed
    vigor to finish out the ride.

    Now I've satisfied my wonderment, I know I can do it, I know I too
    am capable of riding 100 miles in a day. Will I do it again? Probably
    not. After 40 or 50 miles it stopped being an adventure for me and
    turned into somewhat of a task. I imagine I'll stick with three or four
    hour 30 to 50 milers for the most part, though there is another
    area challenge calling to me. The annual Erie Canal Tour from Buffalo
    N.Y. to Albany N.Y. is a five day 400 mile supported Tour of which
    approx. 2/3 is on the old towpath. It's just under $500.00 and usually
    runs in July and it's been calling to me for a couple of years now.
    I wonder........

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Total Miles........103.07
    Average Speed...13.2mph
    Ride Time..........07:47:03
    Total time out....09:15:00

    I always wondered if I could really ride 100 miles. My best up
    untill now had been 64 to 66 miles, after which I was usually
    saddle sore with a sore neck and sore hands and wrists. I feared
    that 100 miles was going to forever be beyond my reach. Then
    the "Recumbent" entered my life. Now I had the capability to spend
    as long on the bike as I wanted to with no pain what-so-ever.
    The elusive century mark was a possibility after all! I loaded up on
    Carbs Wednesday night (two dishes of my wifes delisicious Goulash),
    and hit the road at 08:15 Thursday morning. The route stayed mostly
    along the shoreline of Lake Ontario and included a leisurely ride
    through Hamlin Beach State Park where our family has camped often.
    About 60 miles into the ride I called my wife and we arranged to meet
    up later for lunch at a local burger stand. That lunch took place
    84 miles into the ride and gave me the rest, fuel and renewed
    vigor to finish out the ride.

    Now I've satisfied my wonderment, I know I can do it, I know I too
    am capable of riding 100 miles in a day. Will I do it again? Probably
    not. After 40 or 50 miles it stopped being an adventure for me and
    turned into somewhat of a task. I imagine I'll stick with three or four
    hour 30 to 50 milers for the most part, though there is another
    area challenge calling to me. The annual Erie Canal Tour from Buffalo
    N.Y. to Albany N.Y. is a five day 400 mile supported Tour of which
    approx. 2/3 is on the old towpath. It's just under $500.00 and usually
    runs in July and it's been calling to me for a couple of years now.
    I wonder........
    Congratulations!

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    Good job.
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    Well done!

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    Excellent and heartiest congratulations.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Total Miles........103.07
    Now I've satisfied my wonderment, I know I can do it, I know I too
    am capable of riding 100 miles in a day. Will I do it again? Probably
    not. ...
    Congratulations on accomplishing the rite of passage.
    I'm betting you'll do it again. Maybe not soon. Maybe not often. But now that you know you can do it...
    The recidivism rate is very high for century riders.

    Century riders stay in the saddle longer.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Centuries are great training rides for doubles!

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    Congratulations, but like running a marathon, you have to do it at least three times: once to prove you can do it; a second time to show that the first wasn't a fluke; and a third time to show that you can do it any time you want to!

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    You da man, Dude!!

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    Congrats!
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    Congratulations- great job!

    Will I do it again? Probably not. After 40 or 50 miles it stopped being an adventure for me and turned into somewhat of a task.
    Ohhhh- I bet you will! The lure of the century is never far away, especially once you've done one. Did you ride this one alone? A solo century is pretty (mostly mentally, IMO) grueling, but a century with companions is much easier on the psyche.

    When's your next one?

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    I hope to do one in the spring. The Erie Canal tour sounds good also. Do they have hotels/B&Bs along the route or do participants camp?

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    Congratualtions, that's a big achievement, But you did not mention the post ride beer. You did have a post ride beverage did you not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheff View Post
    I hope to do one in the spring. The Erie Canal tour sounds good also. Do they have hotels/B&Bs along the route or do participants camp?
    Check out http://www.ptny.org/canaltour/

    Happy Trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBLover View Post
    Congratulations- great job!



    Ohhhh- I bet you will! The lure of the century is never far away, especially once you've done one. Did you ride this one alone? A solo century is pretty (mostly mentally, IMO) grueling, but a century with companions is much easier on the psyche.

    When's your next one?
    You're right, I was out there all by myself. And, there's already a glimmer of a desire to do a Century on my birthdays instead of riding my age. We'll see.

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    SO you not only rode a 100+ miles but did it without the support of a ride with SAGS etc? I'm thinking that ought to count extra.
    I'm lucky I have the Apple Cider Century right in my backyard so that's the only century I've ridden (twice now) but thats totally orgainized and supported, nothing like the effort of just going out and doing it on your own! You rock!

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    Congratulations on a job well done. Can you use that as a birthday ride when you reach a 100 or does it have to be in the same year. Nice going dude.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBLover View Post
    A solo century is pretty (mostly mentally, IMO) grueling, but a century with companions is much easier on the psyche.
    +1.

    Solo first century. Extra congratulations! That's a significant accomplishment. Well done.

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    Way to go!

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    That is very cool! I'm kinda glad that you said that when it got past 50 it became kind of a task. I find myself getting pretty bored with myself after about 3 hours and then it becomes just an odometer watch and kind of being in a daze. What did you think about for 100 miles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by solveg View Post
    That is very cool! I'm kinda glad that you said that when it got past 50 it became kind of a task. I find myself getting pretty bored with myself after about 3 hours and then it becomes just an odometer watch and kind of being in a daze. What did you think about for 100 miles?
    The first 50 miles was a mental and physical breeze, from that point on I mainly
    occupied myself with plotting the rest of my route to start knocking down the
    milestones.....56 miles, my age; 64 miles, my previous one day max.; 84 miles, just
    a big number and a great time for lunch. The last leg was a no-brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Total Miles........103.07
    Average Speed...13.2mph
    Ride Time..........07:47:03
    Total time out....09:15:00

    Now I've satisfied my wonderment, I know I can do it, I know I too
    am capable of riding 100 miles in a day. Will I do it again? Probably
    not. After 40 or 50 miles it stopped being an adventure for me and
    turned into somewhat of a task. I imagine I'll stick with three or four
    hour 30 to 50 milers for the most part, though there is another
    area challenge calling to me. The annual Erie Canal Tour from Buffalo
    N.Y. to Albany N.Y. is a five day 400 mile supported Tour of which
    approx. 2/3 is on the old towpath. It's just under $500.00 and usually
    runs in July and it's been calling to me for a couple of years now.
    I wonder........

    Congratulations!

    My thoughts after my century were very much like yours but now that a year has passed I'm beginning to think about doing another next summer.

    I love the week long tours. I did two this summer and I'm planning to do more next year. They're fun and you meet some of the nicest people.
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    Great job - you'll be hooked now. Next year do 2!
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    Congrads!!!!

    I can tell you one thing.....Ride Time..........07:47:03 is a long time to be in the saddle...my first century was about the same though....I did it on a Mtn Bike....as the years went by and I got faster things change a lot....having a ride time of 5 1/2 is a big differance....not being in the heat...it all adds up...

    Again congrads on your goal....

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    I did my first century this August, I am 56, Raveswood WV to Pomeroy Ohio and back, Then drove the bike to Athens Ohio and did the rail trail to Nelsonville Ohio and back, turned around rode out 14 miles and came back to the trailhead, 6hrs 45 minutes total time, 45 minute break while driving to Athens, Rode alone. 85 degrees and humid, no wind. The other long ride this year was Parkersburg WV to Clarksburg WV on nrt 50, 4.5 hrs , 67 miles and ALOT of climbs.

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