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Old 07-03-05, 05:33 AM
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Century today (gulp!)

Welp, I'm leaving early this morning to join a century group ride. We're supposed to be getting about 50 people, so it should be a blast. Great weather predicted - high near 80, sunny, and not humid.

Hope I have enough to eat & drink!

C'ya!

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Hammer hard early and often.

A century is the most fun when you're attacking at the front, especially if there's a headwind or a climb.

Have fun, and remember to bring at least one water bottle and eat at least one Gu.
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As it turned out, I never had a chance to catch the lead group at the start - I was late going out because I had to change a tube that had developed a leaky valve.

Climbs, hills, bumps, and more climbs! Phew! I'll never make a claim to be the best climber, but I always catch those skinny little bastids on the descents and flats. As Bobke said yesterday about Jan during the ITT: "I can assure you he's churning a massive gear right now..." That's me, (I'm sure not as big of a gear that JU can do, but I can 'churn'.)

With all of the climbs and rollers, I ended up with a 15.5 avg over 98.4 miles. Not bad, since the first ones in got about 1 mph faster avg. And I'm old!
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1.6 miles short?
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1.6 miles short?
Yep, apparently so but that was the planned route. I guess I'll have to sue my friends from the LBS that organized it.



Now, why don't you find something positive to say instead of b!tching?
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Please tell me that you didn't stop at 98.4miles!? If so, what a shame...

I would ride up and down the driveway until my computer clicked over 100miles

Seriously though..nice work dude!

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I would be pissed! but of course you should have know your mileage and done something about it.
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I probably did at least that warming-up before we started, until I discovered the leaky valve, and then I cleared my comp when I started. Or, my comp isn't exact since I did change tires from when I first set it.

Get over it! It was a century.
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you are the one that said it was 98.4 miles.....thats not a century. I am not saying you didn't, with the warm up riding and computer being off (of which you didn't state in the post), but based on what you told the forum.
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Geez guys, lots of organized "centuries" come off a tad short. It's not like he did 75 and claimed it as a century.

That 15.5 average - was that riding all by yourself? For a hilly century with little or no drafting, that's pretty darn good.

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We did a metric century last year that came up as 95km...We decided to do a 10km loop around town to make sure our computers showed that lovely 100...Its still a fantastic ride (esecpially since it must have been lonely out there by yourself) but out of principle I am that anal that I wouldn't stop until the computer clicked over.
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Originally Posted by crosscut
you are the one that said it was 98.4 miles.....thats not a century. I am not saying you didn't, with the warm up riding and computer being off (of which you didn't state in the post), but based on what you told the forum.
I was just asking, not trying to pick a fight. I am not that type brutha. Sorry Wurm, if I came off wrong.

15.5 is pretty good for any century in my book.
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I just put 93¢ in the soda machine, but no soda came out--wtf

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Originally Posted by Bikeophile
We did a metric century last year that came up as 95km...We decided to do a 10km loop around town to make sure our computers showed that lovely 100...Its still a fantastic ride (esecpially since it must have been lonely out there by yourself) but out of principle I am that anal that I wouldn't stop until the computer clicked over.
The first century I did years ago came up short but I had to see the magic number on the computer, so we finished it off. Another one I did years later had me so worn out, I quit at exactly 100 which was 4 miles short of the finish. Hey, there was a Dairy Queen right there.

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As it turned out, I never had a chance to catch the lead group at the start - I was late going out because I had to change a tube that had developed a leaky valve.

Climbs, hills, bumps, and more climbs! Phew! I'll never make a claim to be the best climber, but I always catch those skinny little bastids on the descents and flats. As Bobke said yesterday about Jan during the ITT: "I can assure you he's churning a massive gear right now..." That's me, (I'm sure not as big of a gear that JU can do, but I can 'churn'.)

With all of the climbs and rollers, I ended up with a 15.5 avg over 98.4 miles. Not bad, since the first ones in got about 1 mph faster avg. And I'm old!
Now go out and finish that last mile and a half! It ain't a century in my eyes until you do it. Go! Now!



Great work today, man. It sounded like fun.

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I went with a group ride today for 65 hilly miles, but after we were done I pressed on my own to complete a century: 17.1 average. I'm content.

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
That 15.5 average - was that riding all by yourself? For a hilly century with little or no drafting, that's pretty darn good.

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Actually, I was separated from the main pack all of the time, except for about 8 or 9 miles when I hung with them after the 53-mile rest break - only to get killed again on that first tough climb.

On a few short stretches here and there, myself and some others that were strung out behind the main bunch would work together. Then when another hill or rise came - and there were a LOT of them - I and one or two others couldn't (or didn't want to) stay with the faster climbers. On the way down or on a flat after I recovered some, I'd pass those guys, and nearly catch the main bunch. Then would come another goddamned hill! At around mile 85, my climbing muscles were pretty much toast. (BTW - this was the southeastern Adirondack Mtns. of NY, up to skirt the eastern side of Sacandaga Lake and back to Clifton Park/Albany)

So yes, I didn't get the advantage of much drafting the whole day. Too bad I couldn't hang better with the leaders, but I'm satisfied with my overall result.

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Congrats Wurm ... and don't sweat the 1.6 miles. They don't ride even numbers at the TdF do they? Heck no. They ride until they cross the finish line.

Good job.
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Congrats Wurm ... and don't sweat the 1.6 miles. They don't ride even numbers at the TdF do they? Heck no. They ride until they cross the finish line.

Good job.
Believe me, I'm not sweating it. However, 'for the record' I just recalculated the mileage from the comp based on the correct diameter of my new tires, and it comes out to 101.57 miles.

Like I said: it was a century, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
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Originally Posted by Wurm
I probably did at least that warming-up before we started, until I discovered the leaky valve, and then I cleared my comp when I started. Or, my comp isn't exact since I did change tires from when I first set it.

Get over it! It was a century.

I think it's cool that you aren't such a freak about round numbers. Clearly you can ride 100 miles...
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I think it's cool that you aren't such a freak about round numbers. Clearly you can ride 100 miles...
Yeah, I guess that was my point. Even if it had been a couple of miles short, I don't think I was ready to keel over and call the paramedics.


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