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Century -A-Month 2009

Old 01-10-09, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by tjwarren
So, along the lines of what gdg is saying: what constitutes a century? Is it 100 miles within a 24 hour period? 100 miles within a rough sunup-to-sundown day? 100 miles between the time you wake up and the time you go to sleep? What about naps ?

If I do 50 miles in the morning and 50 miles in the evening, is that still a century?
I don't think there's going to be a consistent definition. Part of the idea of what is a ride or what is a century involves the course, the purpose, and other factors besides just riding time/ resting time.

For example- suppose you ride from your home town to some other town 100 miles away. As long as you did that in the same day, most people would count it as "one ride", regardless of how many stops you had, or how long those stops were for. On the other hand, if I ride my bike to Walmart and back, wait 5 minutes, then ride to the post office and back, I'd count that as two rides, not one, even though I was only off the bike for 5 minutes. There, it's not the time, it's the fact that the two rides are for different purposes.

It took me about 9-1/2 hours to do the Hotter-n-Hell 100 last summer. Some people can do that in about 4 hours. If one of those guys rode for two hours, took a 5-1/2 hour nap, then rode for two more hours and finished the course, most people would call that a century, since they completed a recognized course. But if you ride a 50 mile loop in the morning, sit around the house for 5-1/2 hours, then go ride a different 50 mile loop in the evening, that's two rides, as they have separate routes, etc. The degree of difficulty may be exactly the same either way.

If the point of tracking the centuries is to keep track of your workouts, your effort, etc., it doesn't really matter how those miles were arranged or what the purpose of riding them was, though, and for that purpose, making 50 two-mile trips to Walmart ought to count just as well as a single long ride, even though you might not normally call the 50 two-mile trips a century.
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It looks like a dry weekend is coming my way!!!! I'm rolling a hundred miles on Sunday, for sure!
Tomorrow, Saturday, will be spent hitting up the bike swap meet, hoping to find some cheep Campy cranks of the 172.5 variety and doing some test prints on a skateboard.....

Happy January century rides to all!!!!

Oh, as to the question that concerns what constitutes a century, I'd say any 100 miles ridden with no naps..... hehheehe.

My first century took me over 12 hours, but is was on a MTB and was only 40% paved road, and I took many breaks. Probably about 9.5 hours in the saddle.

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One down, eleven to go.

Not only was it the first in my 2009 CAM effort, but it was also my first ever single speed century. 109 miles. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it was also my slowest ever century. I blame that on the single speed, though the engine may have had something to do with it too.

Looking forward to February.
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Finished 200k (130 miles in American) yesterday. I finished well within the time limit, and took my first step to SR. Most important, I think I out-rode 10 wheels, if only for one day.
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2nd January century done today. 170 km at 23.3 kmh avg on my MTB, 50% on unpaved roads.
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Originally Posted by chewybrian
Finished 200k (130 miles in American) yesterday. I finished well within the time limit, and took my first step to SR. Most important, I think I out-rode 10 wheels, if only for one day.
OK I will give it to you for just one day.

Thursday 101 mi
Friday 100.2 mi
Saturday 81 mi

Tried for a 3rd 100 mi, back to back, but the Wind Won.
395 mi for the week
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
OK I will give it to you for just one day.

Thursday 101 mi
Friday 100.2 mi
Saturday 81 mi

Tried for a 3rd 100 mi, back to back, but the Wind Won.
395 mi for the week
Victory is mine!



Although, true victory will be if I am rolling 400 miles a week in 20 years...
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Jan done. I am hoping I continue to post them here while I do them. I did well last year until about half way down the year. I forgot most months after that.
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Old 01-11-09, 09:27 PM
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101.61 miles today. 28 deg at the start, 38 deg at the finish, 50 deg midway. First 40 miles were into a 15 mph headwind, so time and avg. speed were in the toilet. First century on new bike (Specialized Roubaix Elite Triple). Several last year on 1979 Motobecane Grand Jubile 10-speed. New bike isn’t really any faster, but that triple was nice in the headwind, and the 10-speed cassette is easy on the old knees.
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101 or so in Wilmington NC after a too-long drive to get there.

https://www.bikeforums.net/fifty-plus-50/501182-long-drive-long-ride.html

I've done a c. every month since last April, EXCEPT December, so looks like I'm starting over...
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Old 01-12-09, 05:37 PM
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on saturday i was supposed to ride a 200k permanent, but missed the ferry... so i did a solo century instead. (seattle to kayak park n back)

the pacer downtown at about 6AM:


nice scenery in everett:


then there's the iffy crossing on hwy 529 into marysville:


interesting police station near marysville:


finally at kayak park:


i had a blast, even if it was 34-44F and rainy!
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161.4 km today guess I'm in. Brutal headwind and wanted to quit a few times early on but this thread kept me going.
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Rode the club century on Jan. 17th. 45 deg.F at the start, low 80's by the mid point. Essentially Irvine to Corona via Yorba Linda. So some good climbs (Green River, etc.) to keep it interesting.

I missed the first checkpoint (my fault, not paying close attention), but had enough food and water, so no worries. Stopped at It's a Grind coffee shop at the 49.9 mile point, in Corona. Med. cup of coffee, Some-More's Bar (w/daily recommended intake of chocolate!) filled bottles, and off onto Eagle Glen Parkway to start the return journey.

Fighting a headwind on the way out (mostly), so a friendly tailwind on the return trip. 7:00 AM start, 1:15 PM finish, 100.2 miles, lovely route (even if fairly urban for most of it).

My first double in Feb. 21, so this was just an early training ride for that!

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I'm going to give the CAM challenge a try this year.

January 24, 2009
102.6 miles

16.4 mph average speed
6:16:11 time on bike

7:12:54 total time

Nasty 20+ mph winds most of the day with the cold front that blew in (5 hours earlier than forecasted, unfortunately); overcast, temps started in the high 50's and dropped to the low 50's.
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The Cam is my personal Goal for 2009 along with a Grand Randonee. I have the January Century checked off, and am I glad I did it in the 15 mph wind and 34 degree temperatures of January 3rd. We have been hit hard with snow and bitter cold since then, and many outside the culture would see this as a sign of mental instability...but as I was driving the roads today the thought going through my mind was "hey the roads are dry today!" Alas I did not go out on the bike, but I thought about it. Flat land with a few bumps is Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, so the cold certainly will be the challenge for us northerly CAM riders. I am psyching myself up for the February ride... at least the days will be longer Good Luck to everyone!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets

I'm going to start tonight by mapping out some local loop centuries.
Map out a route?? I just jumped on and went! I am just jesting of course. Good idea to map things out, but if you have decent weather and time is not an object I highly recommend just going for a ride. My January Century was 100.3 miles, and I did it by the seat of my tights It is a good mind exercise to mentally plan where you are how far you have gone, how far you have to go and what routes you need to take to get there. People sometimes ask what do you think about when you are riding, and I often think about "Where am I going??!!" Good Times
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Took the day off work to ride, as the weather is supposed to be bad tomorrow. Was cool and very foggy, so I stuck to in town with some MUP's. Went into and all over Seattle. Had some significant headwinds. Got lost a couple times, hung out on the waterfront for lunch.

105 miles. 8.5 hrs total time, 14.5 mph average (although I take in-city speeds w/ a grain of salt.)
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Just in time (31st January). No bicycling this month. This first century of 2009 was hard. Great blue sky, temperature around freezing (0°C). 162 km @19.1 km/h. Over 10 hours in aggregate. Glad I did it
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3rd January century done today. 168 km in 6:55 riding time, 7:50 total time. First 110 km with a friend on his MTB, very slow. Then he went home and I rode about 50 km with some triathletes, struggling to keep their wheel. They didn't drop me, but I suspect they didn't try to.
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Well I made it for January, here on the last day. Weather here has been tough so I spent a lot of time on the MTB this month, but today I managed 102.2 miles with 6000ft of climbing, solo unsupported. It was a beautiful sunny day, 40f down low and 25-35f up higher, where most of my ride took place. High point for the ride was 7100ft elevation.
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Trying to play along this year.
1/31 - 100.03 miles @ 17.2 avg. Solo
2/14 - 100.5 miles @ 19.4 avg. Group of 6 for 30 miles, 3 for remainder.
3/1 - 102.5 miles @ 18.2 avg. Solo. The day after my 2nd Feb century. First time ever for 2 back to back.
4/10 - 105 miles @ ?? avg. Group of 5. Computer died. No time or average data.

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One down, eleven to go.

101.5 miles in 7:38 (13.3 average). I'm slow, but persistent.
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February 1st and my February century is done!! Woo HOO!! It was brutal. I rode in Southern Wisconsin, basically from Richmond Illinois to Eagle, WI and back. 5240 feet of climbing. One of the hills I went up registered 21% on my Garmin. Wind was very strong from the west. The forcast said 15 mph, but I think it was higher. Riding time was 7 hours 30 min for 101.6 miles. Average speed just over 13.5 mph! January was 14.9! With between 6 and 10 inches of snow on the ground all around there were many areas with snow accross the road. I had snow and ice patches on the road maybe 7% of the time. Most of the time I had a clear lane to ride through, but not always. I thought I was going down to the pavement at least one time! Temperature started at 26 F, and got up to 34 F I think.

Cheers to all and good luck with February
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February's done; 101 miles. Fourth of the year. Followed another 101 miles Saturday to end January. First time I've done back-to-back centuries on consecutive days. Only casualties were a flat and a sore right Achilles tendon. Yearly mileage totals for Fri, Sat, and Sun were 1010, 1111, 1212. My wife likes cute numbers. Come to think of it, she's a cute little number herself.
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Originally Posted by akansaskid
February's done; 101 miles. Fourth of the year. Followed another 101 miles Saturday to end January. First time I've done back-to-back centuries on consecutive days. Only casualties were a flat and a sore right Achilles tendon. Yearly mileage totals for Fri, Sat, and Sun were 1010, 1111, 1212. My wife likes cute numbers. Come to think of it, she's a cute little number herself.
Now we need a photo of her.
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