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Old 12-06-09, 04:31 PM   #1
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Did it! First Century. 19.0 ave!

We'll it's now in be books. Did the KID (Kids In Distress ) Century Charity ride. Started from South beach, Ft. Laudedale at 7am. It was about 60 and breezy. A head wind, of course. Rode up A1A for almost 50 miles after starting by doing the 17 st bridge twice.

Stopped at about 35 miles. Ave to then 19.4. Food and refreshments and a much needed potty break. Reorganized with the club and got back on the road. Pace slowed slightly and got to the turn around and the ave had dropped to 18.7. We now had a 45 deg wind that helped a bit, for a while anyway. One gust was so strong that it lifted my front wheel and moved it 2"!

Stopped at the same point, now 70mi and refueled. Average back up to 19.1. When we took off I tried to stay near the front. I was hoping we would still have enough of a tail wind that I could move the ave up a bit. Not so. The winds continued to shift and swirl so it was tough going again. Hung with the fast group doing 23 to 25, but after 20 miles, at the 92 mile point, I couldn't hold on. Dropped and caught a group doing 19 - 21 and finished with them. Had to circle the parking lot as the ODO read 99.7 as I entered. Needed to get that 100.0 Crossed the finishline - 5:15 ride time, 6 hrs elapsed time.

Had some food at the finish, but had to get home to bbsit my grandson. After a short nap, guess what? He wanted to go outside for a bike ride! What we won't do for the grandkids!
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Old 12-06-09, 04:32 PM   #2
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Yellow bikes are fast.
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1+ And I got the pics to prove it!
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Congratulations! Outstanding average!
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congrats, its great event
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Thank you one and all. I have to admit, I'm very pleased with my performance today. Only started riding in Feb this year, and I'll be 62 in Jan. My previous "best" was 18.4 for a metric. I did to 19.4 for 38 miles, and almost tied that today.

I wish I had found this sport 30 years ago. I kinda thought it was a bit stupid and boring. I didn't realize how social and it is.

I have this strange desire to try Cyclocross. Don't expect to be any kind of a contender, but all the videos make it look like some grueling fun! I must be nuts.
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Egad, man! You're an animal!

(And it must be the yellow bike.)
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Well done.
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Congrats!

That's a fast average speed.
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Congratulations on a job well done. Always glad to see a FL boy do good.
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That's fast. And long.
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(And it must be the yellow bike.)
TSL, Indeed, you know. IT IS THE YELLOW BIKE! You were the one the told me!
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That's a great average for your first century and particularly so on a windy day. I rode my first century back in '78 and I have no idea what my average was. I was drafting tandems across the Mojave desert, so it was probably pretty good.

But then we had to climb Cajon Pass, so that would have killed my average, so yeah, you're still faster!

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That's fantastic!

And I guess I'm gonna hafta get a yellow bike :-)
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Congratulations on your first century! Amazing avg. speed. You would have waited a long time for me if I was on that ride with you.
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Thank you one and all. I have to admit, I'm very pleased with my performance today. Only started riding in Feb this year, and I'll be 62 in Jan. My previous "best" was 18.4 for a metric. I did to 19.4 for 38 miles, and almost tied that today.

I wish I had found this sport 30 years ago. I kinda thought it was a bit stupid and boring. I didn't realize how social and it is.

I have this strange desire to try Cyclocross. Don't expect to be any kind of a contender, but all the videos make it look like some grueling fun! I must be nuts.
Wow! That is a great ave for a century and you only started riding in February. With your strength and endurance why not try cyclocross!

As long as you don't put yourself in a position of "too much, to soon" you will be riding even faster in 2010.
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Very nice job. One's first century is like one's first love. You may move on, but you'll always remember that one.
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Good going. I have been riding for many many years and have never come close to riding 100 miles in one day. That usually takes two and sometiimes three days.

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10 Wheels, You changed the Pic in your post. I like this one better. Instead of 1 pretty lady and a bunch of flowers, there is a bunch of pretty ladies!
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10 Wheels, You changed the Pic in your post. I like this one better. Instead of 1 pretty lady and a bunch of flowers, there is a bunch of pretty ladies!
Thanks, keep me on the ball. I rode and lived 58 days with the Super South Racer Girls.
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I have to say I'm really kinda amazed myself. I've never been much of an athlete. Tried little league, j.r h.s. football, jogging, all with poor results, and no fun or satisfaction. Have been a bogey golfer most of my life. Stared roller blading in '92 and was pretty good at that, and enjoyed it a lot.

I got breast cancer in '02. I kinda got out of blading because the exhaustion and peripheral neuropathy from the chemo made wearing shoes or boots very painful.

Started biking in '03 when the wife and I got comfort bikes for little 8 mile sidewalk rides to Starbucks. Did that once a month or so for a few years. It was fun, but I never got much of a endorphine rush from pedaling at 8 mph.

I may be a bit late to the game, but I'm having fun and I guess it is a healthy habit. Better late than never.
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A 19.0 ave for your first century is very impressive. I have been riding for years, and have never topped 16.x
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