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Old 01-05-16, 07:28 AM
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100km target in a day

Hey all,

got back in riding a few months ago after 30 year layoff? , and up until now, the furthest I had ridden in a day was around 50km, so today I was determined to ride 100km in a day. Yesterday, I looked ahead at today's pollution levels, all green which is good. I got my wool socks, ski gloves, leather gloves, boots, and a heat pack you buy from the pharmacy here to put under my toes when my toes start to freeze, today's temp was around 0-3 degrees celsius. That's damn cold for me.

After a few stops, I changed the leather gloves for ski gloves, cracked the heat pack, and frequently adjust my padded bike shorts / long johns / and wind breaking pants. Around 40km in, I knew I wasn't going to make it, there was not enough daylight, my bum was starting to hurt, and I was running out of steam. I went back home, clocking 64.7km, thinking, after dinner, I'll go out again, and complete the 100km. Sadly to say, it didn't happen, I rode an extra 10km, before returning home absolutely spent. Grand total, 74.7km

I think if the weather was warmer, I could have made it, to me that 100km barrier will always be a mark I want to break, I know probably most of the people here have done it and done it easily, I admire them. I hope to join them in the spring.
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Warmer weather does make it easier. Give it another go next month.
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I ride regularly in cold weather like that. 100 km is a tough target in that kind of weather. It's more about just enjoying the day and staying warm.
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Old 01-05-16, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemig
It's more about just enjoying the day and staying warm.
So true, my wife says that whenever she sees me on a bike, I'm always smiling. It was a great day to ride, not much wind, clear blue skies, and while slightly bummed I didn't make, it was great to be outdoors.
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With temps like that, I am usually only good for an hour or so. I think you did amazingly well.
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In the warmer weather, you would have made it. I remember clearing my first 50 mile ride and was exhausted. Then clearing my first 75 mile ride, and was exhausted. Then came the first century, to be followed by another century a week later. All of those were done in warmer weather. Weather in the low 30's F is fun to ride in if you can handle it. I prefer the low 60's for a long ride.
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Old 01-05-16, 02:36 PM
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All the metric centuries (100km) I've ridden were during warmer months - late spring, summer, or early autumn.
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That's a pretty good ride for any weather much less the cold. You're too hard on yourself - especially after not riding in 30 years.

Enjoy your accomplishment and work up to your goal slowly. Older bodies take longer to heal
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Yeah you would've made it in warmer weather, no doubt about it. I'm anxiously awaiting that wamrer weather myself..
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30 miles is about the most I do when the temp starts to dip below freezing. That's plenty of distance to have fun and it gets me home before my toes freeze, lol.
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Spring is finally here, and today with temperatures hovering around 18C, and clean air, I was able to ride 110km today . It took me just over 5 hours in riding time on almost flat terrain, around the specially designed bike paths they have along the Han River here in Seoul, and heading out of Seoul. I was averaging around 20 - 30km daily, in the winter, so was quite confident I was going to make it. Am so glad to get that done, for now, no more goals, just enjoy these bike paths, and hopefully, head further out of the city with the missus, and do some overnight rides, or rides that will take a few days, there and back.
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Congratulations on your accomplishment. Also on your perseverance.

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You should try 100 miles... it is easier



Most of my longer rides, I have a goal... sink or swim, as they say.

So there isn't a go out for a few laps, the go home, then maybe go back out for a few more laps.

Rather, I'm usually heading to a destination.

My last long ride was towing a trailer from Portland to Eugene. And, it was slow, and I had difficulties. I almost stopped in the middle, but the "budget" motels wanted a fortune for a room. So, I rolled in, home, late, and very tired.
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Originally Posted by SlinkyWizard
Spring is finally here, and today with temperatures hovering around 18C, and clean air, I was able to ride 110km today . It took me just over 5 hours in riding time on almost flat terrain, around the specially designed bike paths they have along the Han River here in Seoul, and heading out of Seoul. I was averaging around 20 - 30km daily, in the winter, so was quite confident I was going to make it. Am so glad to get that done, for now, no more goals, just enjoy these bike paths, and hopefully, head further out of the city with the missus, and do some overnight rides, or rides that will take a few days, there and back.
Simply put......

regarding bolded words....what's up with that**********?? Having set a goal and achieving it means you set another goal to be achieved so you don't stagnate..........doesn't mean you HAVE TO DO IT real soon. Just take your time and DO IT!

Enjoy riding with the missus.
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