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Small group 1 or 2 others
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Solo ride
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An accident, as in you didn't plan on doing the 100
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first century poll

Old 09-17-08, 05:51 PM
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first century poll

For those that have done a century please reply.
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Planned, as part of a vacation. I was 11. We (as in dad and I) rode from home in MD to Cape Hatteras in 4 days.
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My 1st century was the Tour de Cure Hampton Roads, VA. -- Chesapeake, VA to Manteo, NC.

It was a great event -- well supported and a worthy cause.
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Just went for a ride, that turned into a longer ride, that turned into a metric, that turned into an imperial, that turned into a crawl back into town.

Many, many years ago though.
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Both my first metric and Empirical Centuries were part of organized events. At least that is true for my Century rides as an adult.

As a kid I was part of a bike 4-H club. One day I decided that I wanted to ride a Century. So I spent about two weeks riding different 10, 15, and 20 mile loops in and out of Northampton, MA. Then one Saturday, I road a mix of those routes out and back from my home until I had 100 miles. I did have to do 3 or 4 loops around Look Park to get to 100 but I did get it done. It took 10 hours including a nap, and a lunch break to get it done. I was 12 at the time.
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Planned oraganized Solvang Century.
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My century was not a century - it was like 98 miles or so. I drove to Purcellville W&OD Trail to bike to DC with the idea I am gonna phone home when I can't move anymore. Well I made it to the end in DC and decided, since I was still moving, to start biking back. Just putting left foot in front of the right foot I made it all the way back to the parked car in Purcellville. Can't say I did much walking or squating the following week
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I've done 4 centuries and many, many rides of 50+ miles. None have been supported. In fact, I've yet to ride in any supported event.
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My first Century was completely unplanned and accidental.
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both metric and imperial centuries were planned. metric was a group ride and the other century was during a MS ride. i no longer plan anything under a imperial century. last monday i went out for a 60 mile ride and decided i wanted the beach to be a stop and came home an extra 30 miles later. an unexpected 90 mile ride.
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Planned. MS City to Shore 2007.
 
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Planned. The Ride to Montauk.
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Solo, with help from friends who did SAG for me. Wanted to cover distance to see my wife.
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First metric was with The Historian on a rainy 40 degree day, next two metrics were supported, many 50+ mile rides solo, first imperial and next metric (and then some) in 9 days will be a supported MS 150 ride.
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Planned. I've never had a desire to do a solo 100. The only way I would think about is a trip from Los Angeles to San Diego to see friends for a couple days then come back via train. A loop 100, or even worse out and back 100, doesn't sound that fun at all.

More power to those that can do it though.
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The Hotter-n-Hell 100, with about 12,000 other riders, this summer.
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Mine was planned, but not trained for: I was a casual rider when a friend called me on a Friday night and asked me if I wanted to do 100 miles the next day. We showed up at 7 a.m. and waited around for a formal start, but there wasn't one--we didn't realize that people just left when they wanted to. First 80 miles went fine, even though I'd only been doing 25-40 miles a week (I was a lot younger then). Last 20 miles nearly killed us both. I've done several since, including some I trained hard for, and the last 20 miles ALWAYS kills me.
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I did my first metric solo on a real hot day this summer on my knobby tired mountain bike. I did my first Imperial Century this last Sunday it was a planned event and I had purchased my first road bike back in August.

I have been training, though the last few weeks I did not put in nearly the miles or the work as I would have liked (weather, family, work). Day of the event I started out good and strong, I told myself to set an easy pace but going any slower or easier just seemed silly at the time, and at around the 50 mile mark I thought I could finish in a little over 6 hours. Around mile 60 I started to sputter and at about mile 70 I ran out of gas... I finished the century… Somehow. It took me a full hour to do the last 10 miles and those felt easier than the previous twenty. I ended at just less than 8 hours for the whole ride. Though I am slightly disappointed in my time I am glad I finished.

Now that I have the first one under my belt I can do more work on the time and endurance.
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There's alot to be learned on your first century. I did mine solo this past summer. I didn't know it before I started it, but pace is huge. And like many others, you start to notice a pattern like how during miles 60 to 80 you suffer, but eventually gain a second wind (or breeze)!
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Did my first century to support the Police Unity Tour. Have done a bunch of century rides over the last two years; both for good causes and for personal goals.

This weekend I will be shooting for my ultimate century goal (thus far) of finishing SIX GAP. i just want to be the biggest Clyde (at 260) to finish the full century. I'll let you all know how good/horrible of a ride it was.
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Mine was planned, because I wanted to ride a century, but the snow was deep and the temps were below zero. So, the rollers were set out, the DVD's were ready to go. That day I created the Bourne Century. I plan on having a few of those this winter also. There are not any century rides that I am aware of in my area, that don't fall on a day that I am already booked for something else. Most of them are on days that I am doing something with my daughter or one of my bands.
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Started out on a long, unsupported training ride. Felt good and kept going. Called home and met them on the road. They handed me food out the window of the car, which shows what a cool family I have. Completed 100 miles in around 6:22 while tipping the scales at 225 lbs.
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I haven't completed a century yet. But I announced to friends and family at a charity ride last weekend that next year, at that ride, I would attempt my first century.
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First and only century was the 94 MS150 with the century option on day 1. Did it on my mountain bike, in cotton gym shorts and the T-shirt they gave out in the goodie bag. I had to stand for nearly the first 25 miles the next day! Damn what I wouldn't give to be 16 and dumb as ***** again.
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Planned, just me and my wife, one week before the 2-day 204-mile Seattle to Portland ride last year.
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