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Old 09-14-22, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Do you really exist? How do you know? What evidence other than your sensory perception do you have? Do you exist in parallel universes and how do you know if this one is your actual reality?
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
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Originally Posted by BobsPoprad View Post
You all have good ideas....but I have the real answer.

If you got/bought a t-shirt/jersey for the "event," then it was a century (distance covered of course). If there is a cutoff time, then you need to be in by that time.

If not, it was just a long ride.

Same with marathons.

Done plenty of both.

You're welcome 😁
So if I buy myself a t-shirt and ride 100 miles, it's a solo century? Guess I don't see the need for the shirt, I already have too many.

Marathon is a race, a century really is just a long ride.
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Old 09-14-22, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Do you really exist? How do you know? What evidence other than your sensory perception do you have? Do you exist in parallel universes and how do you know if this one is your actual reality?

Brains in vats on bikes.
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Old 09-14-22, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
do you think it counts as a century?
in whose mind? yours? sure, why not!
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Old 09-14-22, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
It really comes down to the spirit of riding a century. Someone who rides an unsupported 50 mile loop that starts and ends at home, eats lunch and goes out and rides it again should constitute a century. Eating at home is no different than any place else, especially unsupported and not an organized event.

Riding the 50 mile loop early in the morning, coming home, getting a massage, hooking up an IV, and taking a couple hour nap might be pushing it.

Likewise, finding a 25 mile primarily downhill and riding it 4 times in a day, being shuttled up to the top, just to get 100 miles is not really in the spirit of riding a century. Though technically being in the saddle for 100 miles with the occasional movement of the cranks.

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Last century I rode, I did 53 miles, got the new COVID shot, rode a few miles more, had lunch at a pub, then rode the remaining 46 mile. Did that count? Sure felt like it on the hills back home.

Agree with you on the get a ride uphill, ride downhill one, though. That one's really not primarily under one's own power--It's basically powered by the potential energy stored by the drive uphill.
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Old 09-14-22, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
If your significant other joins you for an overnight hotel stay and things get romantic, is it for the ride or is the brevet off at that point and you have to start over?
It's a ride within a ride.
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
And end up with another thread that's at least 5 pages long because everyone has to argue about it. Forever.
Almost thereÖdoing my part. No dumpsters this time, though, please people, letís stay out of the dumpsters.
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Old 09-14-22, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
What do I mean by the word 'mean'? What do I mean by the word 'word'? What do I mean by 'what do I mean'? What do I mean by 'do' and what do I do by 'mean'? And what do I do by do by do and what do I mean by wasting your time like this? Good night.
It depends on what the definition of the word "is" is.

*edit* Dang, rsbob beat me to it.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Nothing really matters, anyone can see.
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Old 09-14-22, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
if i go to the local velodrome (500m / 1/3 mile) and do 300+ laps "in a day", does that count as a century? but again, I would need to know the parameters of the definitions of "century", "a day", and "mile".

OK, so I think I figured out the formula:

Whatever I do to get to 100 miles in a day is a century, what anybody else does is just a bunch of rides in a day. I am the cool kids table, dammit.
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
It depends on what the definition of the word "is" is.

*edit* Dang, rsbob beat me to it.

Did he, though? I think that depends on what his definition of "what the definition of 'is' is" is.
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Old 09-14-22, 01:39 PM
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I have become comfortably numb...





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We really need a "chug the dumpster vodka" gif.
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Old 09-14-22, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
If it's in the same day, it's a century. Walking 24 miles isn't a marathon because a marathon is a running race. A century is a 100 mile bike ride, not a race, who cares if you cut it up in segments? Actually, who cares what you or I or anyone else calls it? I call it a century to give myself a mileage goal for the day, I'm not putting it up on some Galactic scoreboard.
Reminds me of a thread over a decade ago about how to time your century. Rolling time only, or keep the clock ticking from start to finish?
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Last century I rode, I did 53 miles, got the new COVID shot, rode a few miles more, had lunch at a pub, then rode the remaining 46 mile. Did that count? Sure felt like it on the hills back home.

Agree with you on the get a ride uphill, ride downhill one, though. That one's really not primarily under one's own power--It's basically powered by the potential energy stored by the drive uphill.
Iím not the century police, but Iíd say thatís a century.

Another aspect of riding is destination riding. Some of the best rides are just picking a place to ride and going there. That shouldnít get lost in the numbers.

Unfortunately as I age the destination might be picking up the neighborís mail when they are on vacation. Still hits the century mark, the only change is the unit of measure.

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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
It all depends on whether, when you're doing that non riding stuff in-between, you're still on a ride.

I do multi-day brevets, and I consider them a single ride because the clock is ticking. Even if I'm in my overnight hotel sleeping, I'm still on the ride. Because during that whole time, the ride is what life is all about. If I'm eating, it's to fuel the ride. If I'm sleeping, it's because I need sleep to carry on or because supplies are not available at night. But if I decide to DNF at the overnight, and ride home the next day, that was two rides. It's a state of mind.

I once did a 1000k brevet that was such a stupidly fast course that on the 2nd overnight, we had a campfire with hotdogs and marshmallows, then time for 8 hours of sleep. I call that one pretty marginal about being a single ride. The clock was ticking, but there was so much off-bike time it felt like multiple rides.
On my 600k this year, I had my typical pain associated with a problematic cervical spine but having done the 400k in around 14 hours, it occurred to me I could go home to sleep in a real bed and come home. It did not feel like one ride although it technically was. OTOH, I did PBP without sleep only stopping for food and one dump. Some have told me that was not a non-stop ride because I sat down and ate twice and used the WC once. It really gets silly. A Randonneur or RAAM rider doing a 24 hour or longer event would never question the legitmacy of the distance covered. So, if you crashed like I did in the World 12/24 and had to stop for 90 or so minutes, the folks in this thread would say I stopped. I just looked.....my AG winners jersey says otherwise.
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We really need a "chug the dumpster vodka" gif.

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If you ride some miles then go home take a shower, change into normal clothes do something unrelated to cycling then Lycra up and ride some more putting you up to or over 100 miles then no. It’s not a 100 mile bike ride aka a century ride. You’d just have the honor of saying you had rode 100 in one day. Still impressive if actually done.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Did he, though? I think that depends on what his definition of "what the definition of 'is' is" is.
It is what it is, but more importantly; is not what it is not. Whatever will be will be. The future’s not ours to see…. Clear now? T-shirt please.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I have become comfortably numb...

only p3
Do your hands feel like two balloons?
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
If it's in the same day, it's a century. Walking 24 miles isn't a marathon because a marathon is a running race. A century is a 100 mile bike ride, not a race, who cares if you cut it up in segments? Actually, who cares what you or I or anyone else calls it? I call it a century to give myself a mileage goal for the day, I'm not putting it up on some Galactic scoreboard.
Sound the buzzer. Remember? No t-shirt no century, unless you stop off at JC Pennys and buy one.
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Do your hands feel like two balloons?

What hands?



Itís a magic carpet ride for the bozos on the bus,Ö but I still havenít found what Iím lookin for.
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What hands?



Itís a magic carpet ride for the bozos on the bus,Ö but I still havenít found what Iím lookin for.

I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus!

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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Reminds me of a thread over a decade ago about how to time your century. Rolling time only, or keep the clock ticking from start to finish?
I remember threads about that. I also remember lots of threads about "what constitutes a century?"

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