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Old 10-02-09, 06:30 AM   #1
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First Century

Well fellow BF member Robert Foster has sufficiently motivated me into doing the Hemet Century on Saturday. My previous longest ride was a metric century last year, but I have over 2,000 miles in this year and did a 50 mile tune-up ride on Monday with no issues at all. In fact, if I had time, I felt as if I could have done a century on Monday. My new saddle is the best I have ridden on to the point where I almost don't even think about it. I guess I'm as ready as I ever will be...

Today I start loading some good carbs and hydrating along with a quick 15 miles to get the juices flowing.
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Hi Metric Man,

Which one are you doing? The 2nd loop is much more scenic, if that matters to you. On the other hand, if you do the first loop, and still feel good (great food at lunch!), then you still have time to join us on the 2nd loop for your first double!

My wife and I are riding the Hemet double, plus my wife is riding with Lou Ann (it will be Lou's first double), and our Australian friend Andrew is riding it too. Hemet is always a fun double!

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Good luck!

You have been around here enough to know what to expect and what you will need to do.
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Good luck and stay away from doing a double.....at least this time.
Dont let Rick bait you in. LOL
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Hi Metric Man,

Which one are you doing? The 2nd loop is much more scenic, if that matters to you. On the other hand, if you do the first loop, and still feel good (great food at lunch!), then you still have time to join us on the 2nd loop for your first double!

My wife and I are riding the Hemet double, plus my wife is riding with Lou Ann (it will be Lou's first double), and our Australian friend Andrew is riding it too. Hemet is always a fun double!

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With all due respect Rick YOU'RE AN ANIMAL!! I am looking forward to meeting you though...what time are you heading out on the first loop?

I will not be doing a double, and only hope to finish in 7 hours or so...maybe less.
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Good luck!

You have been around here enough to know what to expect and what you will need to do.
Thanks CF...I feel pretty good about this one. It's not a big climbing century and I train in hills so it shouldn't be too much trouble.
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Good luck and stay away from doing a double.....at least this time.
Dont let Rick bait you in. LOL
Don't worry about that!
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With all due respect Rick YOU'RE AN ANIMAL!! I am looking forward to meeting you though...what time are you heading out on the first loop?
Hi Metric Man,

My wife is in charge of the depart time and she seems to be wavering between 3:30 and 4:00 AM. I plan to start with Jackie (my wife) and Lou Ann; stay with them until it gets light, then take off on my own.

You see . . . I get lost easily and my wife never gets lost! So on doubles I traditionally stay with her (or someone else who knows the way) until dawn. I'm hoping to finish the first loop between 11:00 AM and Noon.

I have an "idea" of going back to my Motel room, taking a shower and changing into fresh shorts/jersey/socks for the 2nd loop. This would consume an additional 1/2 hour, approx. but may be worth it. I'll let you know if I actually go through with this notion when I write my report after the ride!

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So you're checking into the Motel tonight? I'm going to head down to Hemet to register tonight so maybe I'll see you then...but you can be sure that at 3:30 am I will still be in slumber land. It's nice that I'm only 25 minutes from the motel.
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So you're checking into the Motel tonight? :
Yes Metric Man,

We live in Whittier so it's a couple hour drive (depending on traffic) to Hemet. So yes we will
be staying at the Motel 6 on both Fri. and Sat. nights.

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With a bit of luck- you should be able to do Ricks second lap with him. I have heard that he slows down on the second hundred and it would a bit of an eye-opener to see if this is true

Only thing I will remind you of- is to work into the ride. On a 100 miler- I take at least 10 miles to get into my full pace. Then I can keep near it for the rest of the ride. Doesn't take much- a gear lower up the early hills- Let the 20 year olds go and let the HR creep up gradually. And if you feel that you have overdone it for a while- Slow down- take a gel with plenty of water and wait for the energy to kick back in.

Good luck and we want pics of the ride- and the PIE.
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With a bit of luck- you should be able to do Ricks second lap with him. I have heard that he slows down on the second hundred and it would a bit of an eye-opener to see if this is true.
Actually Stapfam,

It's not a "2nd lap" but rather a completely different course for the afternoon/night bit! And I do take the first 100 slow and hammer the 2nd 100, but that only applies to the Hemet double, i.e. the only CA Double that comes back to the start after 100 miles.

Here's the link: http://www.inlandempirecycling.com/HemetDC/

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Good luck Metric-I know you'll do very well!! You'll have to change your name to Century Man afterwards!! It sounds like a terrific event.
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Well fellow BF member Robert Foster has sufficiently motivated me into doing the Hemet Century on Saturday. My previous longest ride was a metric century last year, but I have over 2,000 miles in this year and did a 50 mile tune-up ride on Monday with no issues at all. In fact, if I had time, I felt as if I could have done a century on Monday. My new saddle is the best I have ridden on to the point where I almost don't even think about it. I guess I'm as ready as I ever will be...

Today I start loading some good carbs and hydrating along with a quick 15 miles to get the juices flowing.
Metric Man- -Can you enlighten a new member as to what your new saddle is? You may have posted it elsewhere but I havn't seen it yet.

Enjoy the ride!
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Metric Man- -Can you enlighten a new member as to what your new saddle is? You may have posted it elsewhere but I havn't seen it yet.

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I didn’t plan on doing the double because last year it went up Saint John’s grade or better known as Sage Street, a steep narrow twisty road where the cars give you little or no room. I have only ridden up it once and I thought I was going to pass out. However looking at the posted second loop I believe I could have done it if I had planned better. Still I have about four people riding with us that have never done a century and I figured I would stay with them anyway. Maybe I will see Rick as well. There were a lot of people checking in as we signed up tonight. I was late because we had to take our little dog to the Vet for an emergency and I didn’t get home till after 7pm.
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