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    I'm in also, but I will have to ride the metric centuries until spring. I just finished my 2nd metric century this month. Good thing because we received a good amount of snow on Sunday. I can't wait for winter to be over.
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    Saturday the weather was beautiful. Pushing 60F and sunny with a moderate breeze. I got my January metric in with about twenty other folks who came out to take advantage of the break from winter. It reminded me of the reasons I chose to live in North Georgia.
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    Heck yeah I'll join you Chris. But my century a month won't start until April or May and will end in Sept. So for me it will only be 6. The reason being is the weather. So count me in for at least 6 century's. Do they have to be 100 miles or can they be metric century's? 62 miles I think.

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    Got my January metric century in last Friday. (67.33 miles) It's good to live in Southern California.
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    Metric centuries??

    IMO Metric centuries shouldn't count for a Century-A-Month challenge. A "century" is 100 MILES, not KILOMETERS. And the Century-A-Month should be a "challenge" - almost anyone can ride 100 kilometers, that's a training ride, but 100 miles is more of a challenge for most.

    However, I didn't see any specific guidelines/rules here for this challenge like there are for the other Century-A-Month challenges, so if the organizers of this Century-A-Month challenge count them, I guess they're in. The two Century-A-Month challenges I was in last year didn't count metrics.

    Here's a question - if anything goes as far as "centuries", are trainer centuries accepted here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    Here's a question - if anything goes as far as "centuries", are trainer centuries accepted here?
    Covered earlier in the thread - no they don't count. Also covered earlier in the thread was the imperial vs metric issue. I'm intending to ride imperial centuries every month of this year, but a few others earlier in the thread did not have such intentions. Thus the metric situation came in as a sort of "second challenge" if you like.
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    Perhaps metric centuries should be a separate challenge. Since I haven't been seriously cycling for very long (since last July) I look at a metric century as a major challenge. Maybe next year I will be able to to a real century every month of the calendar year.
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    I got my January century in yesterday. It has either been below zero with the wind chill or snow/ice on the road this entire month in Michigan. I looked up a bicycling club in Chattanooga, TN and copied a century route in northern Georgia. Road 100 miles in deliciously warm weather of 20-45 degrees. Got in my semi-annual by-myself retreat. Feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. It was a hard century for me. (Last year I did 11 centuries that I remember 2 sets of back to back and one set of 4 days of 100 each day.)People in TN called it a flat to rolling century. Considering I rode outside 3 times in January for 30, 50 and 50 miles, 100 miles of serious rolling hills had me breathing hard. My legs were okay from climbing stairs and spinning classes, but my lungs hurt. Hoping to do the February century in Cancun. Gotta see how much to ship my bike, or buy a cheapo at Walmat in Cancun.

    BTW the drivers in Georgia are great, but I used every tactic mentioned to ward off the dogs. I ran over a dog in October and fell off the bike and hit my head so I look at dogs as a danger rather than a nusiance. I talked sweetly, yelled, "go home", used my bike as a shield/weapon, and outran them. I was nipped twice, once by a large dog and again by a small dog. I would seriously consider a stun *** on my next solo century.

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    Hmm...got my January century in, purely by mistake. I wanted to visit the Monterey Aquarium, which would have been about 130 km round trip, but botched the navigation. I got to see some real pretty roads I never knew existed, got to hang out at a nature preserve pretending that "I'm not resting; I'm just fascinated by this mollusk display," got to curse the peculiar geological fact that hills are steep, and even found the aquarium eventually...it was almost closing time, though, so I touched the building's wall to verify that I'd made it, and staggered home in the granny gears just as my legs were about to file for divorce.

    Still can't figure out why all them people in cars think we're crazy.

    But it was a 166-km day, so I suppose I've joined the challenge, intentionally or not. I'll have to figure out what to do about February...actually plan a century ride, or just let my scrambled sense of direction do the job again?

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    Got February covered. Rode the Tour de Palm Springs century. 104.49 according to my computer.
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    I too covered February, just over a week ago in temperatures that hit 37C on the coast and around 40C in other sections. I'll be looking for another before the month's out, possibly this weekend.
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    It's a good thing this is leap year. Third times a charm. 100 miles, 15.57 average. Weather started at 30F and peaked around 55F. This one was a lot easier than January, because I broke it up. I cycled 21 miles to the club ride, road the Sunday club ride of 50 miles, than the 21 back to my car and then around the neighborhood till I completed the century. (I couldn't rent a road bike in Cancun, and knew I'd never be able to complete 100 miles on a mountain bike with knobbys.) First attempt only yielded 10 miles, last week I got up to 40 miles. Have been having a difficult time breathing with the extra 20 pounds and asthma. I used to ride a lot with an additional 50 pounds and the asthma was not such a big deal. Besides Chris and Isits, anyone else complete the February century?

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    Quote Originally Posted by outashape
    ....Besides Chris and Isits, anyone else complete the February century?
    Sure. I did it in two rides actually. But still did 160km in the one day. I did not plan it that way, actually, the two rides just happened to get to the distance required. Good stuff.

    It has been very hot here in SE Queensland lately - up in the 40's etc. most of this ride was in 30+ temperatures, but it was not all that bad. Better than 42+ on the last one I did!

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    I actually got three centuries in February, first time I've done three in a month before! I, too, am glad this was a leap-year. At least the Feb 29 century was in temperatures below 40C -- making it much easier than the other two in February.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outashape
    Besides Chris and Isits, anyone else complete the February century?
    Just want to clarify since I don't want people getting upset. I signed on to do a metric century a month. I did a metric in January and a full one (100 miles) in February. I feel a little humbled to be mentioned in the same sentance as the great Chris L.
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    I wouldn't say "great" -- more like making the most of my spare time before the CPA study gets too intense!
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    I managed my Feb metric Century on the second to last day! and it was the WORST weather i have EVER ridden in...the tail of Cyclone Ivy! I am aiming for an imperial in March and April, the school racing starts in May so we shall see.....

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    I have now scored for March. 176km in the Tweed Valley yesterday doing the trick. I'll be glad when summer's gone.
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    Got my metric for March in the books. It was the Tour de Sewer in Bell Gardens, California. I've been on two other organized rides and this was the most fun. Very well organized with bananas/grapes/ chocolate chip cookies at the SAG stops. I like the fact that they didn't have a mass start but sent the riders out in groups of 20 to 30 after a short instruction speech.

    At the finish line my computer said 61.2 miles. I rode 1/2 mile past and back to get 62.3 miles.

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    My century is in as well. It was a terrible day for it - very windy. Also the wind was unsual in this area as it was a head wind all the way home (about 75km). Very hard ride. Just under 7 hours for 175km.

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    Got my March century today. I did 64 in a charity ride with the club, then I tacked on another 37 solo. I'm on track so far.

    Very windy today, must have been around 20mph sustained winds. I don't mind wind too much if I fight a headwind out and use the tailwind to get home. But today, unfortunately, the direction the wind was blowing forced me to fight on the return trip. And it's the same forecast for tomorrow, so I'll be fighting the wind to get home again...but I'm only doing 50-60 tomorrow.

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    I will have to conclude March with a DNF. Had a spill on the bike and lost my thumbnail about a week ago. It's still raw and tender and swollen. Tried to ride today, had to call it quits after 11 miles, too sore. I'll be out of town until April, so I won't be doing any imperial centuries this month. I did do 5 metric centuries during Texas Hell Week. Hope that counts for something. Chris, you still got some time, do you think you could throw in a century "in my name" to cover me? I'll owe you and repeat the favor in case you get beat up again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outashape
    I will have to conclude March with a DNF. Had a spill on the bike and lost my thumbnail about a week ago. It's still raw and tender and swollen. Tried to ride today, had to call it quits after 11 miles, too sore. I'll be out of town until April, so I won't be doing any imperial centuries this month. I did do 5 metric centuries during Texas Hell Week. Hope that counts for something. Chris, you still got some time, do you think you could throw in a century "in my name" to cover me? I'll owe you and repeat the favor in case you get beat up again.
    March 28 over here, I don't think I'll get the time for a second one between now and March 31, sadly. Having said that, I read about your effort with the lost thumbnail last week, in view of the extenuating circumstances, maybe two centuries in April will be acceptable to cover for it.
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    Running early this month. Got my April century completed yesterday. Went down to Hocking Hills in Ohio. Rode 52 miles (20 miles with 2000 feet climbing, 4 over 10%) on Thursday, then rode 42 miles (25 miles with 2500 feet climbing, 3 over 10%) and then as a recovery ride, rode with the Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Club on their Woodstock Century ride in a flat area (2200 feet of climbing for 104 miles) on my jelly legs. Woodstock is a training ride for TOSRV. Can anyone tell I got an altimeter recently?

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    I've been thinking of getting one myself, I just have a question on how they work. Say I do a ride that goes up and down ten hills of 100 metres each in height -- would I record 1,000 metres of climbing? Or would the height lost on each descent cancel out what I climb? And do they measure the grades as well? Or does one just calculate that by dividing the height of a hill by it's length (something I'm too lazy to do for myself)? Anyway, enjoy your new toy.

    Another question -- can I count my April 4 century, in view of a fact that I got a massage on about 130km? I did do 96km the day before!

    If not, I guess I'll have to fix it this weekend.
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