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Well, Missed my goal :-(

Old 09-23-04, 06:42 PM
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Well, Missed my goal :-(

Well, here it is the first day of fall, so I missed my goal.

I wanted to be able to do a century before the end of summer when I bought my bike (March 15th), but I don't have the miles in.

On the up side it is not my general fitness stopping me right now, it is time to ride. I only get to ride 3 times a week, sometimes four. This week I will only get to ride twice (today and Sat.)

When I do ride I usually have two hours to do it, and I have a loop that is just over 31 miles that I do. It also has some clibing to it (actually three climbs).

On the up side, I am on the verge of 100 miles a week, as of today I have 1191 miles this year. Plus I have lost just over 20 pounds (but I still have a long way to go).

I guess Spring will have to bring my first century.
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Old 09-23-04, 07:07 PM
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Hey, it's not a competition. Enjoy the ride.
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RainmanP's coment is perfect. When you feel ready, find a local club ride and do a metric century (60) miles. Next season, you'll start your training in better shape and you'll progress quickly. You're doing great!
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No, it's not a compatition, and yes I am doing great.

But when you set a goal you like to attain it, right?

I didn't say i was giving up (like some have), I'll be in great shape for some cross country skiing this winter.


I just need to get some more time somewhere so I can start on some higher milage days.

And where I live there is some nice scenery to ride in too.
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But it wouldn't be a real goal if there wasn't a chance that you might not make it. Hmmm, did that make sense? Anyway, you have more miles than I do, so congrats for that and good luck in your quest for the century.
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Old 09-24-04, 08:47 AM
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I thought there was a chance, Marh to Sept??

It's just when I got up to two hours per ride, I found I did not have the time to go longer. I have been at two hours per ride for two months, but that is not the 50, 60, and 75 mile days I need before attempting the century.

If I could do four 2 hour rides a week for a while, I might consider that eneough miles to attempt a century, but for no I'll just have to settle for improved cardiovasclar health and weight loss.


I know in the spring Sante Fe has a century.
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Old 09-26-04, 07:11 AM
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Ridden at the right pace and eating and drinking right I don't think you would have a problem at all with a 100 miles. The worst part could be if something is not right with the fit or wrong seat and getting sore as that can ruin a ride in a hurry. Go for it and pace yourself-life is a marathon not a sprint.
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Exactly what these guys said. Also remember riding solo is much harder than riding in a group such as a century. I think I have only logged about 900 miles this year as I have a stressful job and things to do around home. My longest ride was 28 miles with most being around 22 miles. But yesterday I completed a rollling to hilly 67 mile group ride. So when that next century comes around (even if its next year), don't be afraid to go for it.
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