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Old 10-12-08, 03:11 PM   #1
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My 1st Metric Century!

I'm so glad I finally reached this milestone, I'm compelled to post about it here at the BF LDC channel.

Started my day at 7am, and had a bowl of rice pudding (yum!) so basically, a little protein, a lot of carbs (mostly good complex ones), and some vitamins and minerals for good measure. I was hopeful it would work-out better than Saturday's breakfast which had me feeling like a slug when I went riding yesterday. (I also packed a protein bar, 3 kaboom gels, a water bottle and a gatorade bottle).

Was on my bike (2001 Devinci Caribou, my only bike, and my commuter) at 9am, and rode out to rendezvous with the "Toronto Donut Ride", which I've done a couple times before, and while I always get dropped, I made it further this time than the prior two times (I made it out to Keele before I got dropped this time). So, I was with the group (about 50+ riders today) for maybe 20-25 km before I was suddenly on my own.

I was, of course, expecting to get dropped eventually. I was feeling good, though, and perfectly ready to do the remainder of my ride on my own. For a change I also had the time to do what I wanted, as I didn't need to get back home at any specific time. About 30 km into the ride is when I started to get the notion to pull-off the 100 km I've been working toward. (I started cycling in June or July of this year after countless years without a bike).

By the time I'd made 40 km I knew there was no turning back till I'd done 50. I made it to Newmarket, and then I knew that the 100 was almost in the bag, after-all, if I was getting home it'd be because I did the 100!

On prior weekend trips I'd been capping out in the 60-70s range, so it was nice to finally break through that threshold, and by a decent margin too. Since I started cycling I figure I've gone almost 2500 km, and burned-off about 30 lbs of fat.

It feels great to have finally pulled-off the century!!! I suppose next season I'll have to be sure I get the time to do a "real" (imperial) century.

Here's the route (linked) I took. It felt hillier than Bikely says.. a mere 590ish meters of total climb & descent. Took me 4 hours, 10 minutes (of spinning, maybe closer to 5 hours with stop-lights and pit stops).



Of course, I couldn't have done it without the support and encouragement from my wife & son -- they rock! Thanks Peach!
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Old 10-12-08, 06:07 PM   #2
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Congratulations!
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Old 10-13-08, 08:34 AM   #3
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congrats!

I did my first Metric (personally, I'm a fan of the metric system....too many people think in Miles!) this weekend too, on my component-modernized 1986 Bertoni "Professionale". Though I've been riding bikes in varying degrees of intensity for 30 years, I had probably never ridden more than 30-40 miles (see, I'm doing it too) in a day...ever. I found the last 10 miles of the ride were tough to find the energy for (even with a fairly steady intake of Clif bar type material), but I also learned SO much about my riding, myself, and what I need to do make all of this more enjoyable & more rewarding.
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Thanks, daidalas!

fiataccompli,

~40 miles is my typical weekend ride, but it all depends on how much time I can free up... sometimes I have the 2-3 hours I need, other times I'm lucky to get 30-45 minutes to ride. On those (40 mile) rides I usually don't have to be very prepared, but obviously sometimes it's easier than other times.

For the 63 miles I did yesterday, it wasn't too bad, but I was very prepared... had the right pre-ride meal, took some power gels, and very importantly, I paced myself for most of the ride... I did ride hard for a short bit while I was in the group, but after that the hard pushes were reserved for the hills (or headwinds) alone, and I did a lot of moving recovery by just going easy where possible.

Can you expand on your statement about "make all of this more enjoyable & more rewarding"? I'm interested in what you've discovered. One thing I've learnt is that a long ride feels so much better when executed properly (well fed and properly hydrated). I've also learned that a bib is not very conducive to frequent pit-stops... I'll save the bib for my "short" 45 minute commute rides.
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Congratulations! It's amazing how far we think we can go and how we can go. What's your next goal?
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I've also learned that a bib is not very conducive to frequent pit-stops... I'll save the bib for my "short" 45 minute commute rides.
I switched to bibs a couple years ago, and I won't go back. The only time I find they're inconvenient is when I actually need to drop trou, otherwise I can just hike the front down enough. For long rides, I find the bibs to be far more comfortable, because I know that no matter how much I shift around on the saddle, my shorts aren't going to shift about. My chamois is always in the right place, which wasn't so for me when I wore regular shorts.
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Bibs are all that I use. For me they are so much more comfortable. Having to drop trou could be a problem, but I've gotten use to pulling my jersey off and putting it on with everything still in the pockets and not dropping anything. For most stops I can just pull down the front and take care of things.
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Way to go! After a metric you must next stalk the imperial. 100 Miles is not that different than 63 miles.

When it comes to coaxing the extra 37 miles out of bike and body, I think it is 90% mental.

My tip: Heart Rate Monitor, it help me pace myself for energy down the stretch.

Great job, keep up the long rides!
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I just meant it was more than just exercise, there was sort of a 'state of mind' aspect that well...I don't know how to say it without sounding super-cheesy, but just put a new perspective on my whole idea of what i could & could not do. I was on a nicely organized club ride with rest stops organized with all sorts of sweets...on the 2nd one I opted for more of those than the bar/gel stuff that I had with me to dole out according to time/miles & that probably wasn't such a good idea. I also reached one point where I was convinced that there was something wrong with my bike & I finally got off & checked for wheel bearing noise, brake drag, gunk in the chain or whatever...and I realized that the bike was fine but I was just running out of energy. A few minutes later my energy came back & I was back in sort of a 'normal' mode. Sometimes, that *first hand* experience is what I need to comprehend a phenomenon that is explained to me a hundred times. I also learned a bit about posture (some of what not to do) and that it's time I enter the latter part of the 20th century and move from toe clips to clipless pedals (had a toe clip break around 35 miles in & McGivered it to work for me for the remaining ride in full comprehension that I had gone well beyond the point at which it was appropriate to upgrade my pedals).

I don't know if that explains exactly what I meant, but I guess I just came off the experience feeling like I just knew myself, my limits, what I wanted to do, how my mind/body interact & all that a little better. Bottom line is that it was a great experience and I want to do it again.
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DanteB, well I guess I'll aim for 100 miles.. if I do it this season, great, but if not I'll really have to do it next spring/summer... Maybe make it official doing a charity ride or something!

fiataccompli - thanks for elaborating! About the clipless pedals, you WILL fall over at least once (for me, I'm up to 3 or 4, I guess, but one of those was totally not my fault
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