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Old 07-18-14, 03:30 PM   #1
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Finished first every century, solo, trek 1000 series

Rode my first century 2 days ago. Left at 12, packed 2 PB sandwiches and filled my camelback with water, Planned to stop 50 miles in, got 40 miles out and ran out of water. Sun was brutal so I was looking for ANYTHING to get water from. In the grand scheme of 100 miles, 10 miles seems like nothing but when you are out of water every rotation is like hell. Finally got to a gas station and my shirt was covered in salt. Sipped 2 huge lime powerades for about 30 minutes and ate some salted peanuts.

That was about 52 miles out so more than halfway done, I figured no big. Rode through the next town and stopped about 25 miles away to get more water, to avoid the same situation, and to give my legs a break. 3/4 of the way there and I was feeling pretty good. Got back on my Trek and started to pedal.

90 miles in and my legs stop. They can't go anymore. My quads are freezing and I don't know why. I stop, hop off the bike and start to pound water and walk it out. My legs eventually start to loosen up so I hop back on. Immediately after I get stung by something on my neck. Hurts like hell now and at the time it was killer but there was no way I was calling someone to come get me 10 miles away from 100.

Tracked it all on strava, took longer than I would have liked but I finished and really that's all I was going for.

EDIT - I had extra weight, I'm staying at a friends so I had a 15 pound bag on my rear rack. Oh yeah the climbing was a *****

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unsupported hundred is tough, but sounds like it worked out.
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Congrats! I think the most important thing about route planning is knowing where supplies (food, water, bathroom) will be available along the route, at regular enough intervals to leave you high and dry. Also, leaving later in the day means you'll be dealing with heat much more than an early AM start, so keep that in mind when planning your next long ride.

Looks like a relatively flat ride...not to make it sound like I am being a pompous jerk or anything, but doing gnarly "oh god why am I doing this?" climbs really recalibrates your notion of a hill/climb. But, riding around with a heavier load than usual is always good "training" for pretty much anything!

And I actually completed my first 200k (picture below), another 200k, and a 300k on my old Trek 1000. I sold it for a steel/carbon Schwinn, and even though I am extremely happy with my new bike, it really did pain me to sell the Trek...

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You made me smile. I had similar experiences on my first century. I'll try to dig up a link to it for you.

Regarding water, here's what I've learned since. I try to keep two bottles full. When the first one's empty, I start looking for a spigot. I refuse to buy water. There's a hose somewhere. Churches, parks, and old gas stations that close in the evening(if you're in the middle of nowhere).

I've done a few centuries or longer rides(50 to 100+ miles) now, and I've never spent more than 5 dollars for food/water. That's a cheap way to travel. Develop a taste for oatmeal cream pies, over-ripe bananas, and peanut butter crackers. If it gets late, a cup of coffee is nice. Sometimes a coke if I'm a few miles out and running out of steam.

But, yeah, keep up on water. What if that 10 miles had turned out to be 40?

edit: here's that link.

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Congrats... I've never done a century solo, but am tentatively planning one for this Autumn.

Dehydration is not only painful, but dangerous... gotta watch that water! You may have also just run out of sugar. I always carry a couple of gel packs of some sort if I'm going for any distance.

For my 1st century, I carried a couple of home-made "tortilla sandwiches" and something like a gallon of water to start (I sweat A LOT - always have.) Let me tell you, it's been rare that I've had finder dining than those sandwiches at the 70 mile mark!
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You may know you're not going to fall over dead riding 10 miles without water, but it makes for a miserable 10 miles!

A suggestion if you're not doing it: Put ice in your Camelbak also. If you're riding solo, most convenience stores will just sell you a large cup of ice. If you've got a couple of people riding, buy a bag of ice and split it up. Anyway, it feels a lot better to be drinking cold water if it's hot out.
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