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Old 08-13-22, 06:14 PM
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First Ever Century Ride - @ 53 Years Old

Today I did my first 100 mile ride...in my third year of riding real road bikes.

Weather was perfect. Completed in a little over 6 hours...I have come a long way from where I was a few years ago, when such a feat would have been unthinkable.

I felt pretty good most of the day except that with about 15 miles to go my feet started hurting...which is never a problem for me on my typical 50 mile rides.


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Originally Posted by Ferguron View Post
Today I did my first 100 mile ride...in my third year of riding real road bikes.

Weather was perfect. Completed in a little over 6 hours...I have come a long way from where I was a few years ago, when such a feat would have been unthinkable.

I felt pretty good most of the day except that with about 15 miles to go my feet started hurting...which is never a problem for me on my typical 50 mile rides.


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Old 08-13-22, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Ferguron View Post
Today I did my first 100 mile ride...in my third year of riding real road bikes...
Congratulations! That's an accomplishment you can be proud of.
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Old 08-13-22, 06:59 PM
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Congrats! Hope that’s the first of many to come.
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Good job.
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Old 08-13-22, 07:57 PM
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congrats! beware tho...once you start doing c-notes, most everything else seems like a letdown. you have been warned.
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go, Go, GO!
May your strength increase!
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Well done ! 610 is moving along !
I did my first at 60 and have completed 7-8? But still have not broke 7 hours.
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Congrats!

Did you stay with a group or solo? A group will bust up the air for you and you'll do that 100 miles with much less effort than solo. Unless you stay on the front all the time.

If you did most of this solo, then I'm really impressed. My time for a solo 100 will have been considerably longer.

And before the conversation gets there, by group I just mean a group of riders scattered about with loose spacing between them. I'm not suggesting the OP get in a Paceline which is entirely different.
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Old 08-14-22, 02:52 PM
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Congrats!!!
We had great riding weather yesterday. I say 6 hours and 16+ mph ave is hauling the mail. Well done.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Congrats!

Did you stay with a group or solo? A group will bust up the air for you and you'll do that 100 miles with much less effort than solo. Unless you stay on the front all the time.

If you did most of this solo, then I'm really impressed. My time for a solo 100 will have been considerably longer.

And before the conversation gets there, by group I just mean a group of riders scattered about with loose spacing between them. I'm not suggesting the OP get in a Paceline which is entirely different.

I only ever ride solo...
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Well done sir! Heck of an accomplishment. Be proud.
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the selfie must have been
pre-ride thinking about 100mi,

instead of post-ride grinning about it.
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Congratulations, and welcome to the club!!!
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Old 08-16-22, 03:58 AM
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Sounds fun than my first one. I did my first century at 13 on my shiny new Schwinn Le Tour. Much of my food on that ride was Easter candy, which is probably why I threw up not long after returning home. I don’t have any centuries on my calendar as of the moment, with the possible exception of a metric century or two. I plan to ride down to Atami to spend a weekend at the Hiramatsu hotel and hot springs resort. It’s a beautiful place, but the dinner is what I am most looking forward to. I hope they won’t be put off when I arrive by bicycle after a 7 hour ride.
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Old 08-16-22, 04:51 PM
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Great accomplishment! How hilly was your route?
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How hilly is Jersey?
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How hilly is Jersey?
I live in the far north-west part of the state. I bike through beautiful farmland and woods on mostly good quality county roads...not what most people picture about Jersey.

The topography is constant rolling hills. Over my 100 miles I climbed a little under 5000 feet.
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Originally Posted by Ferguron View Post
I live in the far north-west part of the state. I bike through beautiful farmland and woods on mostly good quality county roads...not what most people picture about Jersey.

The topography is constant rolling hills. Over my 100 miles I climbed a little under 5000 feet.
Formally of Bergen County and High Point, Harriman St. Park and areas around were very cool rides. We moved to SW FL in '86 so a ride at Six Gap becomes very challenging with its 11,000' in 104 miles compared to 100'+/- around here for 100 miles.

Keep up the great riding and p.s.- great bike My Propel Advanced SL3 is old but lots of fun.
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Congrats! I haven't done a century in a few years now (I'm 67) but I remember that after 80 miles or so, it was ALWAYS a bit of a death march. Expect the next one to be better, though!
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With sore feet I would look at how stiff the soles of your shoes are and consider getting stiffer ones (and or going to 3-pin shoes and the Shimano SP-SL pedals that provide a large base to support the sole of the shoe. Many bike shoes can be used with either 2-pin or 3-pin cleats.

If you live near an REI store you can compare your shoes to others that they sell and evaluate the stiffness of the sole.
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Originally Posted by Ferguron View Post
I live in the far north-west part of the state. I bike through beautiful farmland and woods on mostly good quality county roads...not what most people picture about Jersey.

The topography is constant rolling hills. Over my 100 miles I climbed a little under 5000 feet.
That’s very similar to riding around our area of NC.
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