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First century ride today

Old 10-02-05, 02:30 PM
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First century ride today

I rode the Gap Gallop in northeast Pennsylvania today. What a day for it! Blue skies and warm temperatures.

I was really taking it easy for the first 25 miles. I didn't care about my time. I just wanted to finish. You couldn't make very good time on this part anyway because there were so many turns and stops. I averaged 15.2 MPH for this section.

The second section started with the biggest climb of the day-over Blue Mountain. No problem there. I'd done a lot of hill training for this. Finally the route opened up and we had long stretches of open road. rolling hills, mountain streams, fog in the valleys and great views as we wound along the base of Blue mountain. I forgot all about taking it easy. It just felt right, know what I mean? At the halfway point I'd raised my average to 16.4 MPH. I did some mental calculations and realized I had a shot at doing the century in under 6 hours. That would be nice.

The third section took us through beautiful Delaware Water Gap where we headed south and wound our way on the southern side of Blue Mt. back toward the starting point. I had been passing pretty many riders on climbs, but at about the 70 mile mark they had all bunched up behind me and came by me like I was standing still. I got a few of them back before the 75 mile rest stop. My average was up to 16.6 now.

They say the last 25 miles of this particular ride is predominantly downhill, but I don't know. It was no cake walk. I fought the pain and finished my first century at 5 hours 59 minutes and 43 seconds! Kind of surprised myself. I've done half centuries in under 3 hours a few times, but I didn't really think I could keep that up for a full 100 miles.

I love this sport.
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Dude, much congratulations. You are the poster child for pacing yourself early. I too hit a new milestone today. I completed my first metric. Previous long was 40 miles but today I got up early and rode 70 miles in 4.5 hours. I was a little more reliant on fumes than it seems you were. Nothing that a couple of plates of spaghetti and a nap couldn't fix though.

Once again congratulations. Now you can plan the next one.
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Congratulations. That is a great time for a first century, especially with some significant clmbing.
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Good job. I just did a half century today at the Tour de Poway in 3 hours 7 mminutes. This sport IS great, I agree.
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Nice job!

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16.6 isn't taking it easy from my saddle, especially climbing a mountain. Great job!
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Congratulations. I am hoping I will join the club in 3 weeks. I am shooting for the Ride for the Roses Century. I'm just hoping to beat the 8 hr. deadline. Under 6 is incredible.
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I did 120 today. We averaged 20 the first 60 miles in the fine hills of SE Ohio. there were some big hills too. So that ment we easily averaged around 25+ on the flats. On of the guys we were riding with broke down with about 40 to go so we took it easy from then. Excluding the cool down time, we averaged over 17 the whole ride. The most I've done previously was 87 on a fixed gear on relativley flat roads. On this ride, we easily climbed a vertical mile.
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