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    First century!

    I did my first ride of 100+ miles today. I've ridden as far as 86 before, but today, I rode a solo centry on the W&OD trail. 45 miles each way, + 5 for the approach/return, for a total of 101.26 miles!

    Total riding time was 6:23:52, for an average of 15.8 MPH. I spent a total of 1 hour off the bike, so the total time spent was just under 7:30. Total ascent was 2793 feet.

    Temp wasn't too bad, but it was pretty humid. I went through 4+ water bottles, + 1 large Gatorade, and 1 20 oz. Mountain Dew (needed the sugar/caffeine near the end). On the ride, I had 5 bars - 2 @ 32 miles, 2 @ 60, and 1 at the 85 mile mark. Around the 80-85 mile mark, I was pretty beat, but the break at 85 (+ the Mountain Dew, and the fact that it was the home stretch) picked up my spirits quite a bit.

    I've been riding my commuting bike a lot lately, and hadn't ridden my road bike for 3 weeks - the weight difference was pretty amazing! It really helped with the ride today.

    ....Now, time for a shower, and I'm not going to do jack for the rest of the day....
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    Congrats!!

    I just completed my very first century today. 100 miles is crazy, especially since my longest ride before today was 100k -- totally flat. Aren't the hills killer? We had over 7000' of climbing. This was a charity event, so there were ample rest stops with lots of food. I went through 6.5 liters of fluids: water and gatorade.

    Enjoy your recovery!! I could NEVER do something like this on my own!! Very impressive!

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    I wasn't completely alone...there was a lot of bike traffic (and pedestrian/rollerblade/horse traffic, too). One of the stops was at the Trail's End bike shop, so lots of cyclists there, and I got to latch on to a group for about 5 miles, which helped up my pace a bit. Between 75-85 miles, I was really dragging, since I was pretty much by myself at that point, but once I got closer to home, I felt much better.

    Prior to this, my longest ride was 86....and before that, it was 60. I did a 100K about 13 years ago on a mountain bike, and it almost made me swear off of biking. It was like pushing a truck.

    I had a little bit of cramping later in the evening (not too bad), and I was a bit sore this AM, but I'm feeling reasonably good today. (I'm taking today off). Tomorrow, I'll bike commute into work and get back into the swing of things.

    I want to ride the Assault on Mt. Mitchell next year, so I plan to do a 100 miler at least every other month between now and then. I also need to get some serious climbing in - 2700 feet isn't bad, but 7000 is more like what I'll need.....congrats on your ride, too.
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    Congrats you guys!

    I'll chime in here as another rider completing my first century on 6/30. I planned a 50 miler, we had to pickup my daughter from camp 50 miles away so I left at 5:30 a.m. to meet them. Pedaled down into the Finger Lakes area of NY, more downhill than up, with a tailwind, perfect. Picked up my daughter, put the bike in the van, and went for ice cream.

    Here's where it gets ugly. Three cyclists who were a fair bit longer in the tooth than I ride up to the ice cream shop, and I get around to asking how far they're going today. 100 miles. Oh boy, how could I leave the bike in the van on such a beautiful day, while these older riders are off to do a century? There's a part of my brain that asks these questions, which I would like permanently removed. So out comes the bike again, and off I go, uphill, into the headwind, which had picked up a bit. First stop at ten miles, to buy better shorts at an Amish bike shop, lol. That first hill coming out of Penn Yan, NY is a killer, and added to it is the fear that an 11 yr old Amish girl will go whizzing past on a 3-speed. The local Amish folk pedal up that hill before they learn to walk I believe.

    Not a great time to post, 7:46 plus breaks with lost of stats to improve on. The last 15 miles was cautious pedaling to prevent injury on hills lol. I highly recommend that people work their way up to the century mark, unlike me. Sore today, one flat tire, but the summer's cycling goal is accomplished.
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    Congratulations! Doing a century all alone and one not organized takes a tremendious amount of focus and desire.

    I miss the W&OD. I used to live in Herndon and that was my regular route. The ride from Leesburg to Purcerville is beautiful.

    Quote Originally Posted by kokomo61
    I did my first ride of 100+ miles today. I've ridden as far as 86 before, but today, I rode a solo centry on the W&OD trail. 45 miles each way, + 5 for the approach/return, for a total of 101.26 miles!

    Total riding time was 6:23:52, for an average of 15.8 MPH. I spent a total of 1 hour off the bike, so the total time spent was just under 7:30. Total ascent was 2793 feet.

    Temp wasn't too bad, but it was pretty humid. I went through 4+ water bottles, + 1 large Gatorade, and 1 20 oz. Mountain Dew (needed the sugar/caffeine near the end). On the ride, I had 5 bars - 2 @ 32 miles, 2 @ 60, and 1 at the 85 mile mark. Around the 80-85 mile mark, I was pretty beat, but the break at 85 (+ the Mountain Dew, and the fact that it was the home stretch) picked up my spirits quite a bit.

    I've been riding my commuting bike a lot lately, and hadn't ridden my road bike for 3 weeks - the weight difference was pretty amazing! It really helped with the ride today.

    ....Now, time for a shower, and I'm not going to do jack for the rest of the day....
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven
    Congratulations! Doing a century all alone and one not organized takes a tremendious amount of focus and desire.

    I miss the W&OD. I used to live in Herndon and that was my regular route. The ride from Leesburg to Purcerville is beautiful.
    The W&OD is almost ideal if you want to do a solo century - it's got some climbing, but not a lot. (I still don't like that climb over 66, but at least it's short). It's 45 miles end-to-end, so just do an out-and back, with 5 miles on each end, and you've got it. It also has several stores within a few feet of the trail (at least 3 7-11's in Reston, Herndon and one in Falls Church), along with bike stores near the trail in Reston, Ashburn and Purcellville. Since it's a MUP, there are always other cyclists out there, so you're not REALLY alone.

    When you get in past the Custis turn-off, it gets a little dull, and the last 2 miles into Shirlington aren't anything to write home about, but it's a great resource, and I use it to commute 2-3 times a week, so it's great.
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    Congratulations to all who did your first century. It is a great accomplishment!
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