This is the thread for those who will not be able to complete the 2014 Century-A-Month challenge ... or those who want to do 1, 2 or a several centuries this year at whatever time works for them ... or those who complete their first century this year ...
The Century-A-Month challenge requires that a cyclist ride at least one century (100 miles) in each month of the year. But sometimes because of weather, accidents, or other commitments riding a century in each month of the year becomes impossible. And sometimes people get into cycling long distances partway through the year, but would like to join a challenge for motivation.
Even if we can't participate in the CAM challenge, it's nice to have a place to log our centuries (100-mile rides) throughout the year ... so here it is!
The challenge: Let's see how many centuries (100-mile rides), or longer rides, we can ride this year ... in any month of the year!!
Saturday 5 April -- A CENTURY!!!!! 100 miles! WooHoo!! It has been 2 years since we've ridden a century. And we did it in 9 hours, 17 minutes ... average speed (including breaks, of course) of 17.235 km/h. Rowan tells me that our average riding speed was 19.5 km/h, and that we picked up the pace each of the loops, except the last one.
We've been working toward this goal, building up our distances over the last few months. For so long, I felt like I was getting nowhere. Every ride was difficult and unfulfilling. Then last weekend, we rode 121 km and it was a great ride! It was a like someone flipped a switch. All of a sudden, I could do it!
Today is the last day of Daylight Savings Time, and the length of daylight hours is getting shorter, so we decided today was the day to do the century.
We chose a route that was similar to the sort of route I did for my first century, 20 years ago. Multiple loops. We also chose a route that was relatively flat ... not completely flat, of course, but not overly hilly. The route consisted of four out-and-back journeys from one end of the cycleway to the other, plus an extra distance out to Bridgewater.
Today was cool, with a frosty starting temperature of 9.4C and a high temperature of 17.3C. The wind started a little breezy at 17 km/h gusting to 24 km/h, but then died off until the sea breezes came up later in the afternoon. We had a headwind one way or the other on every out-and-back, but we also had corresponding tailwinds, so that was all right.
Although the route was four out-and-backs, the changing scenery and people kept our interest.
We observed there were a lot of cyclists using the cycleway, but different groups appeared at different times. At 8 am when we started, the cycleway was full of the fast racers hammering out a quick ride early in the day. About 10 am the Hobart Walking Club's cycling group appeared. They are mostly retirees riding at my sort of pace! Around noon, the recreational cyclists were all over the place ... families with children, people just cruising. By mid-afternoon, the cycleway started to empty, but the remaining people seemed to be recreational or long distance. There was a group of guys who stopped at our turn-around point when we were there and we overheard that they were at 90 km then, and debating where to cycle next. And we encountered a woman on three legs of the journey who was running ... training for a marathon perhaps?
And we saw lots of birds ... pelicans, black swans, gallahs, a stray white cockatoo, and a king parrot!
Overall, it was a good ride! I'm a little sore, as expected, but generally I had a lot of energy out there and felt good when I finished.
So please to have finally completed a century again. That brings my total number of centuries or longer rides to 165 over 20 years.
Wow that is quite the cycling journey over 20 years! Awesome dedication. Congrats!! I love scenic routes and get excited seeing the wild animals on my rides. Last month one of my rides had a large turtle, rabbits, deer, and a couple peacocks!