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Old 08-18-08, 03:27 PM   #1
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Reston Century - Who's doing it and what are your goals?

For me I don't have any goals that are too ambitious. I'd like to finish with a moving time of 6 hours or less, with no more than an hour spent at the rest stops. My riding time for the Tour de Cure was 5 hours 40 minutes, but I was riding with some speed demons in our bike club. I don't expect to go quite as fast on this century.
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There's another thread on the Reston Century in the Northeast forum Aiming for 6:30; may be do-able as the Waterford loop is a little easier this year than in prior years. I'm kinda hoping the kids from 2007 who had a lemonade stand on Loyalty up from the school are there again this year - it'll be the perfect place for one. Good luck shortening time at rest stops - I try each year and always something happens that slows me down.

Oh, hope for dry weather - depending on what the remains of Fay do, it could be on the wet side.
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There's another thread on the Reston Century in the Northeast forum Aiming for 6:30; may be do-able as the Waterford loop is a little easier this year than in prior years. I'm kinda hoping the kids from 2007 who had a lemonade stand on Loyalty up from the school are there again this year - it'll be the perfect place for one. Good luck shortening time at rest stops - I try each year and always something happens that slows me down.

Oh, hope for dry weather - depending on what the remains of Fay do, it could be on the wet side.
Not sure which is worse - a hot century like the Tour de Cure, or a rainy one. As you say, hopefully we'll luck out.

Are you a member of the Reston Bike club? Just wondering if you know why they decided not to have the double metric option this year like they did last year. I was away last year at this time so I didn't get a chance to do it then, but I toyed with the idea of doing it this year if they would have offered it. Not sure if I would have followed through with it anyway though.

Another question - since more than one loop leaves from the Hamilton rest stop on the century route, are the signs going to make it clear which direction corresponds to which loop? Or will you just have to rely on the cue sheet?
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Yes, I'm an RBC member. No idea why the change - although you might do a double-metric by doing one of the loops twice. If I bike to Town Center, I could do a double metric by adding about 10 miles someplace.

The Waterford loop is a right turn out of the rest stop, while I'm pretty sure the SW loop (don't have the cue in front of me) is a left turn, so not much chance for confusion. I would keep the cue sheet handy - in past years, there have been a few instances of people playing with the route marks.
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I'm riding it, but not with any particular goal in mind, as I'm riding with a friend who is slower than me. I've already had my big rides for the year (Shasta Super Century, Mountains of Misery), and my fast solo (no drafting) century of the year last week (5:28, including stops). So the Reston ride will be one where I simply enjoy it - no stress.
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I have no goals but to have fun. This will be my first Reston Century and second century overall. I did the Cannonball Century out of Fredericksburg last fall.

Any goals I did have got shot down in July. On July 4th weekend I did rides of 81, 36 and 63 miles. I was starting to do more speed work for the first time in my life. And then I got sick...like middle of winter, fever, cough, chest, stomach flu kind of sick. Kept me off the bike for two weeks. And the first week back on the bike I would do OK up to 30 miles and then just drop. So I've just been building my base back up again (70 miles last Sunday including Woodburn/Harmony Church).

I completed the '07 Cannonball Century in 8 hours and ride time of 6:45 for about a 15 mph avg. Pacelines were few and far between. I still think I can pick up my pace a bit and I now know that I don't need 1:15 of rest stops along the way.

On the fun side, I did pick up a shiny new bike last Saturday (well it's a left over 2006 K2). Previous ride was a 2003 Fuji Cross. The K2 doesn't feel any faster on the flats or uphills but is a whole lot better on the descents.
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