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November Century

Old 11-06-05, 09:49 PM
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November Century

162.7 kms (101.1 miles)


When I started at 8:30 am, it was -9C/16F, snowing lightly, and the roads were a bit slick. I had a little "heart in mouth" moment shortly after I started. I was on a part I knew was slippery when the draft from a motor home followed by a semi hit me ... and I slid! But when I got about 5 kms out of town the snow let up, and the roads got better.

By the time I finished the first loop, it had only warmed up to -7C/19.4F, and my feet were pretty cold ... and it was still snowing in town.

A half hour break and I was back on the road for my second loop. That one was pretty good. It warmed up to -3C/26.6F which was the warmest it got all day. The sun even came out for a little while. Everything looked lovely with the sun shining on fresh snow. When I got back into town ... it was still snowing!

Another half hour break, and then I did my final, and longest loop, finishing just after dark.

Overall, it was a good, but chilly, ride!


Anyone else get a November century in yet ... any plans for one?
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Yesterday...72* and sunny. Today...76, mostly sunny a beezy.... Indian Summer!

Did a little over a metric century yesterday with one buddy - 65.5 miles in 3 hours 10 minutes + 1 water stop.
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Old 11-06-05, 10:11 PM
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Oh wow... I can't imagine riding in those conditions. But them, ever since I moved to San Diego, I've become a wimp as far as weather goes.
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Old 11-06-05, 10:15 PM
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From a spoiled Vancouverite:

Riding a century in -7C? You're insane!

Where in Canada are you?

What gloves were you wearing?
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Old 11-06-05, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by thewalrus
From a spoiled Vancouverite:

Riding a century in -7C? You're insane!

Where in Canada are you?

What gloves were you wearing?

It started at -9C And that's no where near my coldest century.

I'm in central Alberta ... land of snow and ice!

And I was wearing an inexpensive pair of ski gloves which I picked up from ... hmmmm ... either Walmart or Canadian Tire, I think, several years ago. They were good. My fingers were fine all the way through.

My feet, on the other hand, were chilly for the first while, and again right at the end.
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Old 11-07-05, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jschen
Oh wow... I can't imagine riding in those conditions. But them, ever since I moved to San Diego, I've become a wimp as far as weather goes.
Believe me, I wouldn't ride in those temps either if I weren't going for this Century-A-Month thing. My ideal temps are actually quite warm. However it wasn't too bad once I got going.
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Old 11-07-05, 03:14 PM
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Please don't take this the wrong way but "your a better man than me". I don't want to get out of the car at that temp(reno gets that cold from late dec. to feb.)
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I think I'm gonna do one on one of my next days off. I did my first one last summer in 90 degree temps, and STILL didn't find it that hard, so this one'll be a breeze. Just don't time me with a stop watch!
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Wow. You're hardcore. That sounds like it would be very peaceful though, light snow and the dullness of sounds in the cold (as long as you don't slip and die...). I'll stick to skiing when it's 16F though !

I did a century on Friday and on Saturday...but the coldest it got was about 58, and ended up above 80 on both rides in places =p. San Diego definitely does have its perks.
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I'm doing the Claxton Cruisin in the Country Century here in Georgia on Saturday and the forecast is for highs in the 80's. The low is forecasted as 62F. Partly cloudy, God I love the south.
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Originally Posted by Machka
It started at -9C And that's no where near my coldest century.

I'm in central Alberta ... land of snow and ice!

And I was wearing an inexpensive pair of ski gloves which I picked up from ... hmmmm ... either Walmart or Canadian Tire, I think, several years ago. They were good. My fingers were fine all the way through.

My feet, on the other hand, were chilly for the first while, and again right at the end.
They don't call it Winterpeg for nothing. I was there in February once. What about foot warmers Machka, any advice there?

I plan to start the Century-a-Month club in January. I live in Colorado, where we have lots of sunshine even in the winter. So I wont have to be as tough as you. Of course you have already way impressed me with the Last Chance ride. Riding across Eastern Colorado and Kansas, wow.

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Old 11-07-05, 05:07 PM
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Machka, you rock. Love reading your ride reports. Refreshing stuff that stands apart from the posturing here. Thanks.
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Old 11-07-05, 06:40 PM
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Coooool...
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Originally Posted by Fat Boy Biker
They don't call it Winterpeg for nothing. I was there in February once. What about foot warmers Machka, any advice there?

I plan to start the Century-a-Month club in January. I live in Colorado, where we have lots of sunshine even in the winter. So I wont have to be as tough as you. Of course you have already way impressed me with the Last Chance ride. Riding across Eastern Colorado and Kansas, wow.

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Actually, I'm two provinces west of Winterpeg now.

As for foot warmers, I didn't need them this past weekend but if you're going to use them, get the hand warmers, not the foot warmers. The hand warmers are smaller but they seem to generate more heat and last longer.

I log my Century-A-Month miles with Big Dogs:
https://www.big-dogs.org/scripts/bdhome.asp

And thanks!
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Notching November here was really cheating.... It was the first ride of the local club's "Winter Century Series," but with a starting temperature of 58F and a high of 72F, it hardly felt like "winter" out there.... Making up for the temperature, though, was the 6700 feet of climbing over 104 miles. Yikes!
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Originally Posted by The Octopus
Notching November here was really cheating.... It was the first ride of the local club's "Winter Century Series," but with a starting temperature of 58F and a high of 72F, it hardly felt like "winter" out there.... Making up for the temperature, though, was the 6700 feet of climbing over 104 miles. Yikes!

Sounds like the Iowa 24-hour TT sort of terrain ... 13000 ft in 240 miles. The Last Chance was only about 18000 ft in 750 miles. That TT was great training for the LC!!
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Originally Posted by Machka

Anyone else get a November century in yet ... any plans for one?
Solvang coming up this Sat

only 4500' of climbinb so I'll try to get a good speed going on the flats
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