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Clydesdale/Athena Century Rides in September When/Where

Old 09-14-15, 06:18 AM
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First century ride complete. Massive Garmin failure, so I have no ride data; fortunately I was riding with a group so I can borrow somebody else's time and mileage which is all I really cared about anyway. 100.9 miles, 6 hours 9 minutes, 16.4 MPH. I was well packed (only carried a little food and water on the bike, depending on SAG stops for the majority of calories and water) for an over supported ride (9 rest stops, full SAG, and we had a team mechanic riding with us to make sure the 60 members of our Couch to Century team all finished). For September in Florida, you couldn't pick better weather, an early "cold" front moved thru on Saturday with lots of rain, but on ride day, the temperature barely made it into the 80s, we've been training in the 90s, so it was a huge relief.
What surprised me was how much this ride got inside my head. I've ridden 60+ miles with this team every weekend for the last 2 months, there should be no doubt of our abilities, but every time I thought about this ride for the last 2 weeks, I could feel my blood pressure rising. The group I was in was about 22 team members and a couple of other riders tagging along to enjoy our draft, we rode nice and smooth for 50 or 60 miles, and then the accordion started, I spent 10 miles going from 14 to 22 to 14 to 22 to 14 to 22, not a good strategy for sustaining, I couldn't see what was causing it, but we didn't get it settled out until mile 88, but the damage to my reserves was done. I took a pull at mile 90, and didn't have any issues, but when I got to the back and needed to catch the wheel in front of me, it took a long time to convince the legs to spin. Imagine my joy when we rounded a corner to face a hill a short time later; fortunately I have progressed a lot as a rider in the last 6 months, and even the last few weeks, so I decided to stand and pound it out rather than trying to spin and it worked.
Training continues for century #2 in a couple of weeks, century #3 and #4 next month.
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Originally Posted by Podagrower
First century ride complete. Massive Garmin failure, so I have no ride data; fortunately I was riding with a group so I can borrow somebody else's time and mileage which is all I really cared about anyway. 100.9 miles, 6 hours 9 minutes, 16.4 MPH. I was well packed (only carried a little food and water on the bike, depending on SAG stops for the majority of calories and water) for an over supported ride (9 rest stops, full SAG, and we had a team mechanic riding with us to make sure the 60 members of our Couch to Century team all finished). For September in Florida, you couldn't pick better weather, an early "cold" front moved thru on Saturday with lots of rain, but on ride day, the temperature barely made it into the 80s, we've been training in the 90s, so it was a huge relief.
What surprised me was how much this ride got inside my head. I've ridden 60+ miles with this team every weekend for the last 2 months, there should be no doubt of our abilities, but every time I thought about this ride for the last 2 weeks, I could feel my blood pressure rising. The group I was in was about 22 team members and a couple of other riders tagging along to enjoy our draft, we rode nice and smooth for 50 or 60 miles, and then the accordion started, I spent 10 miles going from 14 to 22 to 14 to 22 to 14 to 22, not a good strategy for sustaining, I couldn't see what was causing it, but we didn't get it settled out until mile 88, but the damage to my reserves was done. I took a pull at mile 90, and didn't have any issues, but when I got to the back and needed to catch the wheel in front of me, it took a long time to convince the legs to spin. Imagine my joy when we rounded a corner to face a hill a short time later; fortunately I have progressed a lot as a rider in the last 6 months, and even the last few weeks, so I decided to stand and pound it out rather than trying to spin and it worked.
Training continues for century #2 in a couple of weeks, century #3 and #4 next month.
awesome job! Mine is this Saturday and I've got butterflies. I know I'll be fine, but in the back of my mind, the doubts are creeping in.
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My local century will be on Saturday, and as it turns out I've been asked to be the ride leader for the B level group (14-16 mph average), so this should make things more interesting. At worse I can keep people going at my pace if I bonk too hard!

Already did a Century (in fact 113 miles) earlier this year, so I'm not too worried, although the forecast of possible rain isn't something I'm looking forward to!

My only issue was on Friday I did 60 miles, and damn near killed me, although as it turns out I apparently was coming down with some sickness that laid me out for the weekend, so hopefully Saturday will be all good!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
At one point I had to duck under a selfie stick a couple was holding out over the bike lane.
You were nice. I may have just put up my hand to knock it out of the way, so that riders behind me didn't get hit by it.

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Originally Posted by ColaJacket
You were nice. I may have just put up my hand to knock it out of the way, so that riders behind me didn't get hit by it.

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You don't want to take your hands of the bars when crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in that sort of crowd.
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Did our club's metric (67 miles actually, about 3,600' of climbing) yesterday simply for lack of any better options. Hard to get excited about the route, but it was good to catch up with an old friend who works one of the rest stops. I rarely see her these days. And there was pizza at the finish. Did the whole thing on a couple small PB&J sandwiches at the halfway point and one Gu on the way back.
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Did the Amtrak century to San Diego on Saturday, my second time doing it. Improved from 15.4 to 16.2 mph average. It's been really (record breaking) hot here in SoCal recently, but there was cloud cover for the first 2/3 or the ride which really helped, then it started cooking. I paced myself until the lunch stop at mile 60. After the break riding on thru Carlsbad, etc. I was feeling really good so began picking up the pace. Pushed up the smaller hills in Del Mar and then pushed pretty hard up Torrey Pines, standing a good part of the way. Stopped for a much appreciated Popsicle, watermelon and more water at the last rest stop at the top of the hill. Got in with a fast paceline for the final 3 miles down Harbor drive for a fun finish.

Despite the heat I didn't have any hydration issues. I carried one bottle with a Nuun tablet and one with straight water and sipped on them frequently. I added one more Nuun at the lunch break. Drank a small cup of Gatorade at each stop and munched some food (fig newtons, fruit mostly, plus a turkey sandwich at the lunch stop) and refilled water. Never ran out of water and never felt thirsty or bonky.

Overall a lot of fun, (last year this was my very first century). I am pleased with my increased pace and really happy that I felt so good all the way through, especially with the heat.
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Sort of a fail, but I don't consider it a failure. The first 60 were all into a nasty headwind. Steady 14-15 MPH winds and gusts up to 20-25. And it was cold and raining for the first 30. We were on the bikes for the amount of time we had planned, but 20 miles shy. It was NUTS. I'm going to just take off on a nice Saturday some weekend here and get a Century done this year, but I have no shame in today's results. There was also a poorly marked course so we did the first 60 miles with ONE SAG stop. BRUTAL conditions today.
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Originally Posted by bassjones
Sort of a fail, but I don't consider it a failure. The first 60 were all into a nasty headwind. Steady 14-15 MPH winds and gusts up to 20-25. And it was cold and raining for the first 30. We were on the bikes for the amount of time we had planned, but 20 miles shy. It was NUTS. I'm going to just take off on a nice Saturday some weekend here and get a Century done this year, but I have no shame in today's results. There was also a poorly marked course so we did the first 60 miles with ONE SAG stop. BRUTAL conditions today.
At least you got out there and rode. Great job! I'm jealous
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Originally Posted by bassjones
Sort of a fail, but I don't consider it a failure. The first 60 were all into a nasty headwind. Steady 14-15 MPH winds and gusts up to 20-25. And it was cold and raining for the first 30. We were on the bikes for the amount of time we had planned, but 20 miles shy. It was NUTS. I'm going to just take off on a nice Saturday some weekend here and get a Century done this year, but I have no shame in today's results. There was also a poorly marked course so we did the first 60 miles with ONE SAG stop. BRUTAL conditions today.
I was wondering how your weather was today bassjones. It was pretty nasty here today. I know you were looking forward to this ride, so I'm sorry to hear it the conditions were so crappy.
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It was actually kind of fun. Today is my 45th Birthday and my brother did the ride with me. I thought I was going to have to call for a pickup at mile 53, but we pushed through to 60. Then we decided rather than going to the Northern most part of the planned route (14 Miles into the headwind), we would just backtrack and whatever we ended with, was what we ended with. If I could still find a hotel under $200 a night, I'd think about doing Apple Cider Century in Southern Michigan next Sunday.
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Oh yeah....Happy Birthday bassjones.
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Century done. 102 miles, 6hours and seconds. 17mph average. Fun times!
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Originally Posted by dr_lha
Century done. 102 miles, 6hours and seconds. 17mph average. Fun times!
Wow...I can't even average 17 mph for 20 miles. Well done!
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Just saw this thread, so I'll add mine.

Did my first century just over a week ago (Sept 11). Rode it solo, lost my cue sheet halfway through so ended up improvising.

Total of slightly over 104 miles, and slightly over 6,400 feet of climbing. Miles 40 through 55 were probably the hardest mentally because I was expecting flatter terrain there after a lot of climbing to 40, and instead found that entire stretch was filled with lots of deep rolling terrain - just up and down over and over.

Because of my improvisation I had a lot of climbing again from 65 to 75, then almost pancake flat from 75 to 95. Had a choice from 95 to do 15 relatively flat miles to home, or 9 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing. I took the 9 with the climb.

Average speed was 15.9. Before the last 9 miles it was 16.7 I think - so I lost a lot in that short distance. I took about 40 minutes worth of breaks total - two that were 10 minutes, and a few shorter ones to stretch my back a bit. It was a good route for my first century.
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Originally Posted by jeneralist
I usually do a century + a 75 miler in the last weekend of September as a fundraiser for the MS Society ("City to Shore"). This year, because the Pope is coming to Philadelphia that weekend, the ride is being postponed to the first weekend in October.
Well, maybe the Pope couldn't stop the ride, but something did: for the first time in 30+ years, the City to Shore ride is being cancelled due to weather. With rain already drenching the area and a hurricane on the way, maybe, NJ's governor has declared a state of emergency. So no ride to coastal Ocean City.

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Originally Posted by jeneralist
Well, maybe the Pope couldn't stop the ride, but something did: for the first time in 30+ years, the City to Shore ride is being cancelled due to weather. With rain already drenching the area and a hurricane on the way, maybe, NJ's governor has declared a state of emergency. So no ride to coastal Ocean City.

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How do you know the Pope didn't stop the ride? You could always blame it on the Pope for having to move the date of the ride, because the weekend that it normally occurs was a great weekend up there.

I guess they can't just reschedule it.

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