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2010 Century-A-Month

Old 01-19-10, 08:14 PM
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2010 Century-A-Month

Somebody had to start this thread.

The rules are simple:

1. Ride a century every month.
2. Post a report here.

I've been doing this since 2006 (missed 1 month in 2005). It's a good way to make sure you stay in halfway decent shape all year long.

I just did January's century today.

Distance: 100 miles
Time: 5:37
Weather: 35, foggy, light winds

All in all that's a really pleasant ride for January in Indiana. I haven't been good at consistently updating these threads in the past, but I'll try to post a picture every month this time. Here's one from today.


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Old 01-24-10, 10:20 PM
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well, I reported my January adventures over in the 2009 thread, but I had an awesome 200k that went from Pennsylvania, into New York, and back to Pa through New Jersey.
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200k on 1/9--temps in the low 40's, very windy, and rain all day. I've never seen these conditions in a decade in Florida. I was afraid I would DNF for a flat, when I snapped my tire lever, and struggled to get the tire over the rim with my frozen fingers.

I made it to Aug. last year before getting knocked out for knee surgery. Hopefully, I can finish it off this time around.
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This is my first attempt at a CAM. Completed my January ride last Sunday. 100 miles, about 7 hours. Windy and cold. Scheduled my February ride on the 6th.

I ususally ride a century, during the summer, in 5 1/2 to 6 hours. This was my first January century. Is the extra time normal?
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What a great idea! What are the rules??? Our roads are covered in ice and it's not even above zero degrees F. Would a metric century count in these conditions?
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no, a metric doesn't count. ride it twice My first attempt in January failed at 84 miles. There were 20-30 mph winds and no wind breaks -- took me 8 hours to get 70 miles. The roads were generally not ice covered, but it was 15F at the start, and I did have to get off and walk twice because of ice.

I don't think this is even worth trying in Mn. People might disagree with me, but safety is more important.
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I've done two centuries this month.

1. Through Macquarie Pass and Berry Mountain.
Distance: 180kms (112 miles)
Time: 8:20
Weather: very hot, up to 38 deg C (humid heat - on the coast)
Climbing: 2580 metres

This was really tough due to the heat and humidity

2. Alpine Classic Extreme - In the Victorian Alps
Distance: 250kms (155 miles)
Time: 12:20
Weather: Great about 10 deg C up to 35 deg C (dry heat - inland quite a way)
Climbing: 4500 metres

This was a superb ride. Very scenic with some very tough sections, but at least there was time between the tough sections to recover. One section was about 10 km at an average of 10%

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I'm going to see if I can keep up the long rides in 2010.

Today: 98.1 miles, Carlsbad to downtown San Diego/Coronado. Time was about 7:13. Weather was nice in the low 60's, but with a headwind that slowed me down quite a bit.
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27 of them last year. Won a New Club Jersey.
Jan 2010 complete.
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Old 02-01-10, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeArkansas View Post
I ususally ride a century, during the summer, in 5 1/2 to 6 hours. This was my first January century. Is the extra time normal?
The extra time is perfectly normal. Here are some possible reasons why you're slower in the winter. Of course, the most obvious reason is that it's simply not possible to be in top shape all year long.
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Did my January "obligation" [to myself!] on the 16th to celebrate my b'day. Furnace Creek to Scotty's Castle, and rtn of course; 108.5 miles, 5,057 ft., 8:09. That includes the obligatory nasty-a$$ed microwave burrito at the castle. Hey, everyone needs a "carrot"! This route is my "Scotty's permanent" and it's done at least once a month. Almost did it today but there was a sibstantial cloud buildup to the west and we're now 4casted for rain!
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Old 02-02-10, 09:55 PM
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January is in the books (even if I didn't get around to writing it up earlier).

Distance: 166.6km (including around 30km on dirt roads)
Time: Around 8 hours. It was slow for various reasons.
Weather: 29 degrees C (the first day not to reach 30 around here since about August 15), winds blowing like crazy and patches of rain.
Climbing: Around 1,760 metres.

http://life-cycle.blogspot.com/2010/...t-century.html

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I guess I'll give this a try this year. I took care of January on the 23rd, doing the SF Randonneurs Point Reyes Lighthouse 200k brevet. Some rain, some rainbows, some nice sun, mercifully little wind out on Pt. Reyes. It was my second 200k brevet, the first being last March at Davis. Last year I did 10:11, this time it was 10:48. But this time there were a few thousand feet of extra climbing, and I felt a lot better at the finish. I'm looking forward to the 300k in February.



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Just stumbled onto this thread. I'd set myself the challenge of a century per month this year. Wished I'd done it in the middle of January when it was slightly warmer, but fitted it in on the 31st. 106miles, several hours, temps in the low 20F's all day.
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A difficult ride for me today, but I can now check off the February, 2010 century.
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Finished 300k yesterday.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
no, a metric doesn't count. ride it twice My first attempt in January failed at 84 miles. There were 20-30 mph winds and no wind breaks -- took me 8 hours to get 70 miles. The roads were generally not ice covered, but it was 15F at the start, and I did have to get off and walk twice because of ice.

I don't think this is even worth trying in Mn. People might disagree with me, but safety is more important.
I wanted to do it this year but only managed 75 miles on 31 Jan. Came off a couple of times after 15 miles on black ice. Got very bad pains in my legs and hips. Still not back to full fitness.

Will have to be 11 centuries this year then.

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What an awesome idea! I just got here but when Feb's is done can I come back?
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I'm in for 2010, this will make three years in a row, here are my first two:

January ride:
Jan 16
103.07 miles
Ride time: 07:39:11
Avg speed: 13.47 mph
Total climb: 4,831 ft
Lucked out, it was sunny and in the lower 30s.
This was my slowest road bike century to date (fastest: 17.5mph in March 2009).

Feburary:
Feb 13
100.85 miles
Ride time: 08:11:44
Avg speed: 12.3mph
Total climb: 3995 feet
Now this one was my slowest road bike century ever!
Cloudy day, temp in the 20s the whole day, snowing most of the way, snow on the shoulders for much of the last half of the ride. Oh yeah, and north headwinds the first 45 miles, shifting to westerly for the last 35 or so.


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I'd wanted to do Feb on Saturday but road conditions were too bad, hoping for good weather this coming Saturday.

edit: and done, solo 100.6 miles, 8000ft of climbing.

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February's never easy. It's short and the weather can be bad. This month was worse than normal. It seems like we've had snow on the ground all month and every time I look at the forecast it seems like the high is 10 degrees lower than what's normal for this time of year. Most of my rides have been short this month, so I knew the century wasn't going to be very fun.

Well, I got pretty much what I expected today- a slow & weak ride. Isn't it cruel that we have to be out there the longest when the weather is the worst? The weather's supposed to finally be better this weekend, but this late in the month if you have a chance today you have to take advantage just in case. That and I never trust the weathermen.

Distance: 100 miles
Time: 6:07
Weather: 32 degrees, 8-11 mph wind, flurries



It didn't help that I mapped out a pretty crappy route. I kept hitting random dirt roads like this one.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
Weather: 32 degrees, 8-11 mph wind, flurries
I will not complain if it rains for this weekend's SF Randonneurs 300k.
I will not complain if it rains for this weekend's SF Randonneurs 300k.
I will not complain if it rains for this weekend's SF Randonneurs 300k.
I will not complain if it rains for this weekend's SF Randonneurs 300k.
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Starting a month late as the 200k I had planned for Jan got pushed back a month but yesterday I finished my first brevet and am very excited about it. Learned a few things as well like if you fall behind early on (10 miles in) because you had to pee and then missed a turn do hammer till you catch them, they will be there at the first control and if you are quick there you can usually get back with their group before they take off. All in all I had a great time though and hope to do more of the series with this group.

Distance: 130.24 miles
Time (rolling) 9:21
Avg Speed 12.8 mph
elevation gain 6500 ft
winds 10-15 mph
temp 25F in am 45F by mid day

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ChrisL Just wanted to mention, you have some amazing pictures on your site. The rainforest you are in is amazing.
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