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Old 08-03-12, 07:09 AM
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Now I've done a Metric Century

Some may remember a post I did back in May saying I nearly did a metric century--did 60 miles(whereas a metric century is 62.14 miles).
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ghlight=metric

Well, today I can actually state that I did a full metric century. I rode 62.5 miles in 3 hours 29 min(overall avg of 17.9mph). The 60 miles I did in May had an overall avg of 16.3mph. Nice improvement IMHO. I know many have done more, far more, but I'm still pleased with the ride. Now for a banana and a hard boiled egg.

Next goal is a Century, 100 miles--not sure when it will happen, but it will happen.
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Way to go Mikey, saw your post in the "Did you ride today" thread. Glad you logged the miles. Now plan a trip dowh here in October so you can get me through my metric ride.

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Old 08-03-12, 07:52 AM
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If my son and daughter-in-law move down to Florida at some time Bill(they've mentioned it as a future possibility(distant future)), I'll make a point to contact you when we ever go down to visit them.

Thanks for the comments guys.
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Great effort, and good luck on your next goal. If I might suggest, look for a supported century for your first one. Many clubs will offer them in the fall and spring. These rides will likely have a fee, but you have sag stops and a sag wagon in case you cant make it all the way. As for the sag stops, it is still not a bad idea to carry some power bars, gels, and sport drink just in case.
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Yeah, when I do a Century, especially for the first time, I think it a wise move to do an organized/supported one.
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Well done! That's an awesome average speed for a metric century. Just a tick under 18 mph! You can complete a full century easily.

For longer rides, I strive for an average 15 mph.
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Originally Posted by volosong
Well done! That's an awesome average speed for a metric century. Just a tick under 18 mph! You can complete a full century easily.

For longer rides, I strive for an average 15 mph.
A 15 mph average is nothing to sneeze at, volosong. it is certainly a good effort
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Congrats Mikey! Since I started riding again in March, I have completed 3 "metric centuries" - all charity rides, but one advertized as a metric actually came in at a little less than 60 miles. The sag support and rest stops have really spoiled me. I am working towards riding in the Tour De Tucson in November and doing 110 miles there. This weekend I am riding in the Marin Metric Century

P.S. Your average speed is great! best I have done is 15.

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You're getting closer to the 100 miler. My experience is that if you can do 75 miles comfortably, you can do 100. Keep it up!
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Congratulations!
I have done many metric centuries, but never that fast.
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Thanks all. I worked to keep my average up. There were definitely spots where I wasn't sure I could and slowed way down, but then I would get a good clip going again and keeping it. When I do a century, I'll definitely pace myself--no way am I going to be pushing like I did this morning. I planned this ride for a few days and last night went to bed early to get up by 4AM and start by 4:30. I take some meds, diabetic and others, around 7:30 - 8:30 AM and knew I needed to start early so I wasn't taking the meds late--and there is NO WAY I wanted to do the ride later...heat and road traffic.
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Great ride and I'm sure a great feeling for you. Keep it up.
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Originally Posted by volosong
Well done! That's an awesome average speed for a metric century. Just a tick under 18 mph! You can complete a full century easily.

For longer rides, I strive for an average 15 mph.
I'm glad you said that. I was feeling very much the slacker for awhile. Still do. https://app.strava.com/rides/15901651
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I've done metrics and centuries but I have yet to manage that kind of average. BTW Bill doesn't really live in Florida Cantonment is in "LA" (lower Alabama)
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I've done metrics and centuries but I have yet to manage that kind of average. BTW Bill doesn't really live in Florida Cantonment is in "LA" (lower Alabama)
Damn straight I live in L.A. Actually about 3 miles form the river that is the border here.

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Very well done, Mikey, my goal on rides of any length is just to finish
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I'm hoping that Metric was downhill all the way as if you can do a metric at that pace- then with a bit of slowing down- the 100 miler will be easy.

In preparation- as you have done a metric- do a double metric instead- sounds better than 100 miles
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Thanks all.

@Stepfam,
There are level portions some downhill and some uphill, some hills/climbs. I have no idea what %grades any of them are but there aren't any hills or climbs, for the the length of time, you or any of the others do around here. Here is a basic overview of the route I take.



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So no hills--That means you missed out on the 3 mile downhill that others seem to find on their rides

Makes the speed even better so push for that 100 miler as soon as you can while you still have energy in your legs.
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There are hills--just not many and not very long--a couple do have a steep climb(just not far), but if you mean hills like you and many others have to climb, no. A lot of it is flat. But do notice, I have to deal with a lot of turns and many I have to slow way down for. I'd love to find out what my avg would be where I wouldn't have to slow down for turns, traffic, or hills...just relatively flat and loop. Also, when I ate and drank while riding, I slowed down a bit when doing so.
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