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Clydes first metric century!!

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Old 10-26-08, 12:32 PM
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Clydes first metric century!!

Wow i'm exhausted but it feels great, all this done on my department store GT mtb with road tires. No wonder my back is killing me lol. It took just under 5 hours, but I completed a personal goal, and that is what mattered the most. It was very hard but it was a supported race and that was crucial. I do not think that I would have been able to do it without the organized rest stops. The wind was pretty calm unfortunately there was a cold mist/drizzle about 50 miles into the ride, that lasted about 30 minutes. The rain felt bone chilling when you are so hot and fautigued.

It was an awesome side that started at Homestead International Speedway, the NASCAR track. The race started with one lap around the track, very cool if you are into nascar.

I will try to post some pics later, right now i'm exhausted.
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Old 10-26-08, 01:08 PM
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That had to be exciting to take the lap around the track, as I'm sitting here watching the Atlanta race. The cold weather zaps so much energy out of you. Great job, keep up the good work.
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Old 10-26-08, 03:13 PM
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Jesspal!! Great job and ya beat my time today but good!!! (And i have a spiffy road bike!!!) Woo Hoo way to go.
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Old 10-26-08, 05:58 PM
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Way to go jesspal

Wait....you did this on GT MTB? I'm so not worthy.
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Old 10-26-08, 06:05 PM
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Nice work. I'm still working on getting my creaky body to comply with much shorter distances. congrats and ride on.
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Old 10-26-08, 08:56 PM
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Congratulations on your metric CENTURY!
 
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Old 10-26-08, 08:58 PM
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Way to go jesspal

Wait....you did this on GT MTB? I'm so not worthy.
I'd like to include myself in that lack of worthiness. Jesspal rocks!
 
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thanks everyone for your support, at 290lbs this is also a very challenging physical accomplishment. I hate that it turned into a big arguement in another thread.
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Old 10-27-08, 07:56 AM
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Wow, I'll also chime in with huge congrats. A metric is no easy feat, particularly on a MTB!

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thanks everyone for your support, at 290lbs this is also a very challenging physical accomplishment. I hate that it turned into a big arguement in another thread.
No worries...big accomplishments for some are big threats to penis length for others. You done good.
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Especially on a MTB, a metric is a big accomplishment. Back when I was riding my Stumpjumper, the best I could do was 50 miles.
Nice job!
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Old 10-27-08, 11:30 AM
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Congrats! I rode 60 miles on my commuter a few weeks back and thought I was going to die before I got back to our truck.
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Congrats!! ...... You can be proud of this Milestone !!!

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thanks everyone for your support, at 290lbs this is also a very challenging physical accomplishment. I hate that it turned into a big arguement in another thread.
I didn't see any arguement. They are just plain wrong..... no arguement!
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Nice work, guy. Quite the accomplishment! Try to take a mental snapshot of this warm fuzzy goodness, and when you're having a crappy ride (or day, or week, or whatever), remember what you've done here.
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I remember seeing a young woman on a mountain bike when I rode my first metric century. I couldn't believe she intended to ride the entire distance on that thing. But she did, and she beat me to the finish. And so did you! Congratulations.
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Old 10-28-08, 05:04 AM
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At 290# (and a MTB) you did great. I did a standard last spring at 345#'s and I know the amount of water and food you need on the ride to keep yourself going. I had a hard time finding water, and ended up drinking out of a public restroom sink. Yuck!

Good luck on reaching for that 100 mile ride soon!
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On one of my first longer rides of 40 miles, the last 20 were into the wind. I ran out of water with like 10-12 miles left and was parched. I was in the everglades looked for the fastest running water with no gators, said a prayer and drank. Luckily no diarrhea, and no gator attack.
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Old 10-28-08, 03:17 PM
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Heh, you might want to pack a couple of iodine tablets for next time.

Congrats on the metric century, I hope to someday achieve that kind of distance.
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I'd like to include myself in that lack of worthiness. Jesspal rocks!
+1. Congrats on the ride!!
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Jesspal, you the man!
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