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    Too old for this crap!

    My goal this morning was to do a six hour century. I failed!

    Really gave out around mile seventy. Came up about five miles
    short and continued on to the youth center to do some laps
    around the half mile track, sharp corners really slowed me
    down. Last two stop lights caught me.

    101.1 miles, 6 hours, 33 minutes. Average 15.7mph, top
    speed, 37.3mph.
    Computer shows 4441 calories burned. Drank almost 50oz
    lime water, ate four Fig Newtons.

    Now I have to hook up the trailer, ride five miles to the store
    and bring home 40lbs of bird seed.

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    Birds are resilient. Take a nap.

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    Congratulations. That would be my lowest time on a century ever.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Hmmmmm, there comes a time when doing sub 5 hour centuries ceases to be a top priority. I think that perhaps you have reached that place. I can probably still sneak in a sub 5 hour century (by a hair), if I am in a group. On a good day, I used to be able to do it solo.

    I would say you did fine. Failure is not trying and not learning. You came up short of your goal but I think you learned something. If you had stayed home and said "sure I can do a sub 6 hour century anytime I want", would that have been a "success"? I don't think so.

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    15.7 for 100 miles? Sounds dang good to me. Only 4 fig newtons? Maybe a little fuel would help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    15.7 for 100 miles? Sounds dang good to me. Only 4 fig newtons? Maybe a little fuel would help.
    My thoughts exactly.
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    Sounds like a great effort. For me that would be a 5 bottle ride and much much more than 4 fig newtons. I try to consume 300-400 calories/hr in food and drink on long rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    15.7 for 100 miles? Sounds dang good to me. Only 4 fig newtons? Maybe a little fuel would help.
    +1

    Though computers usually overstate your fuel consumption you probably did expend 3,000 cals or so. You may also have been a tad short on fluids.

    Since about almost all people of any age cannot manage a sub 7 century maybe you aren't too old after all.
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    Its that "Magic" 70 miles or so that has got you. If you haven't trained enough- not taken on enough fuel in the ride and don't carry a reserve of carbs on the body- then 70 miles seems to be about the limit. Train more- but I wouldn't- Eat more and pedal faster. 6 Hour century? You'll beat that time easy

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    You and I drink and eat at about the same rate. I can see where folks have a hard time understanding why it seems low-but to us it's just normal. Doing it solo is pretty tough. You can easily get under 6hr doing with a larger group. How much climbing and wind did you have to deal with?
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    I'd need a big breakfast, some steak and mashed potatoes at a rest stop and 4 boxes of Newtons

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    Thanks for all the replies. I have found if I eat much I feel bogged down.
    It was in the low seventy's. No wind to speak of, and I took the line of
    least resistance, maybe a couple hundred feet of elevation change. I
    rode out and back on about the same route so I figure is was a even
    deal as far as climbing. Very little traffic to deal with at 4am.

    The bird seed deal turned into a lunch ride with the wife and two trips
    to the store and over to my folks and back by the battery shop.
    about thirty five miles in the mid day sun, showing 94`f, feels like
    97. I am going to get some lemonade and pick the last of the
    blackberries, hook up the chargers on the boat and take a nap.

    Do a fifty in the morning and go row a few hours.

    I am going to get healthy if it kills me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHOFM View Post
    The bird seed deal turned into a lunch ride with the wife and two trips
    to the store and over to my folks and back by the battery shop.
    about thirty five miles in the mid day sun, showing 94`f, feels like
    97. I am going to get some lemonade and pick the last of the
    blackberries, hook up the chargers on the boat and take a nap.

    Do a fifty in the morning and go row a few hours.

    I am going to get healthy if it kills me.
    With that schedule you may not make it!
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    BTW, I ride an old, '91 Trek Multi Track.
    $40 yard sale find.



    The row boat doesn't need the batteries charged, I am taking a toy
    to play with a bit as well.



    All work and no play you know!

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    Anyone smell fish?
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    Maybe we should take the hooks out our mouths?

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