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Old 07-05-11, 09:56 AM   #1
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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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Old 07-05-11, 10:13 AM   #2
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Birds are resilient. Take a nap.
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Old 07-05-11, 10:23 AM   #3
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Congratulations. That would be my lowest time on a century ever.
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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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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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Old 07-05-11, 11:48 AM   #8
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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

If you don't then face up to it--You are getting older.
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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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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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