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I did my first century!

Old 04-28-20, 12:38 PM
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I did my first century!

so as title says says it i did my first century, this happened last saturday. honestly did not know what a century ride was until i joined these forums about a year ago. have since been mostly inactive but bikeforums might be only people to understand my excitement.

It was on a to do list since i first realized what it was and although last winter i gained more weight than usual and have also been less active. i went for it last saturday. we had a long weekend here so i saw it as having an extra recovery day. ended up having to do it solo since buddy who i usually do these things with caught covid a few weeks ago and lung capacity is still not optimal.

i probably have record for slowest century ride recorded but i did do it. final number 178.4 km / 110.85 miles was just shy of 12 hours moving time and total time in general around 14.5 to 15 hours. i could very likely have shaved off about 30 ish minutes maybe more due to various reasons (could not find bikepath google was sending me to, various unnecessary delays cause i couldn't find something in back pack, should have probably started stretching before shoulders and neck started feeling sore, etc)

i would like to do one again and have learned some lessons from it all along with at least one bike change i'd like to do for my own comfort.
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Awesome! Congratulations!
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Great Job! What an accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself.
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Congratulations!

I was thinking about riding a century today, but it's late afternoon and I haven't started yet. Not a good sign. It's such a nice day, though....
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Congrats, and hope your buddy recovers and regains his fitness.

Now time to look at 200km 😋
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thanks for the messages

rhm first century would have technically been an overnight ride with buddy to another city but those plans got scrapped due to covid

atwl77 ride i just mentioned replying to rhm would have been 220km, will have to wait and see when it can be done
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Wow great job man. I'm on my 3rd year of cycling and hoping to get to 100miles by next summer. Currently at 45-55mile ranges 2-3x per week. You sure are motivating me sir!

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Originally Posted by sirjag View Post
Wow great job man. I'm on my 3rd year of cycling and hoping to get to 100miles by next summer. Currently at 45-55mile ranges 2-3x per week. You sure are motivating me sir!

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Sincere Congratulations !!!
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That's aswesome. Congratulations!!!
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Congratulations, phile ! It's a great feeling when you've knocked down your first century, since they seem so imposing beforehand. Hope your buddy is starting to feel better.
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Congrats!!

I have done about 3k miles since march and I still have not done a century. I need to start looking at some routes.
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Well done. Be sure to read up on recovery.
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Congrats, and hope your buddy recovers and regains his fitness.

Now time to look at 200km 😋
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Originally Posted by phile View Post
so as title says says it i did my first century, this happened last saturday. honestly did not know what a century ride was until i joined these forums about a year ago. have since been mostly inactive but bikeforums might be only people to understand my excitement.

It was on a to do list since i first realized what it was and although last winter i gained more weight than usual and have also been less active. i went for it last saturday. we had a long weekend here so i saw it as having an extra recovery day. ended up having to do it solo since buddy who i usually do these things with caught covid a few weeks ago and lung capacity is still not optimal.

i probably have record for slowest century ride recorded but i did do it. final number 178.4 km / 110.85 miles was just shy of 12 hours moving time and total time in general around 14.5 to 15 hours. i could very likely have shaved off about 30 ish minutes maybe more due to various reasons (could not find bikepath google was sending me to, various unnecessary delays cause i couldn't find something in back pack, should have probably started stretching before shoulders and neck started feeling sore, etc)

i would like to do one again and have learned some lessons from it all along with at least one bike change i'd like to do for my own comfort.
Did you ride it on your Van Moof?
I have never seen one of these bikes so would appreciate a pic if you can?
I have seen Van Dessel
bikes which are very nice.
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Did you ride it on your Van Moof?
I have never seen one of these bikes so would appreciate a pic if you can?
I have seen Van Dessel
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i don't hate myself that much did it ona very basic btwin road bike with minor upgrades.
as for van moof pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkfv2hkg..._web_copy_link

i am actually about to post it for sale since it has been made redundant for only purpose i still used it, by another bike
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i don't hate myself that much did it ona very basic btwin road bike with minor upgrades.
as for van moof pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkfv2hkg..._web_copy_link

i am actually about to post it for sale since it has been made redundant for only purpose i still used it, by another bike
haha now I know what a "dropdown" bike is. Was thinking drop bars and roadbike
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Well done!

It's an amazing feeling the first time isn't it?

Although most of us grizzled long distance riders think nothing of going out for an imperial century or a metric double (or triple, or quadruple etc. etc.) I think it's important to be reminded just how much of an achievement it is to reach the magic number, and I absolutely love hearing about people doing it for the first time as it brings back the feeling and I absolutely love seeing the elation of people conquering a goal. I'll always give more high-fives to the first timer than the hundredth timer ;-)

I wish many happy miles ahead of you
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Nice! I still remember my first time. It was a fantastic feeling!

Then I did 23 centuries in one year after joining a century a month challenge. That was a fantastic feeling too!

Now you need to join a century a month challenge for your next thrill!
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try osmand next time doesnt need any connection , and gives you turn by turn in ear with some buds .
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Nice! I still remember my first time. It was a fantastic feeling!

Then I did 23 centuries in one year after joining a century a month challenge. That was a fantastic feeling too!

Now you need to join a century a month challenge for your next thrill!
next major challenge is everesting, but want a couple more double metric centuries under my belt before i do that. that said my absolute hardest ride was a metric century i did in january under sub zero temperatures (celsius). i went at it thinking its a quick 100 no biggie, didn't take the whole cold draining me into account. my body was not happy
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I am on a low calorie diet now, to lose body fat. When I have lost more weight, I may try for 100 km in a day, not miles. To get up to 100 miles in a day, is a much bigger challenge for some of us.
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I am on a low calorie diet now, to lose body fat. When I have lost more weight, I may try for 100 km in a day, not miles. To get up to 100 miles in a day, is a much bigger challenge for some of us.
i am far from skinny average weight about 100kg at 1.69 meters, that said i finish my rides out of stubborness not out of fitness lol
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