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Ride Report: My first Metric Century

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Ride Report: My first Metric Century

Old 03-04-07, 06:35 PM
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Ride Report: My first Metric Century

All figures are aproximate.

Distance: 64.5 miles
Avg Spd: 14.2
Total hrs: 4:30

Route map here: http://www.pedalthrupines.org/docs/Route2006.pdf


The short version:

Mile_______Terrain_________________________________________Feeling

1-15..........Fairly Steep Rollers in the park ..................................A little hilly yes, but quite fun!

15-30........Flatish Open Farmland 15-25 mph headwind..................I hate life.

30-45........Flatish Open Farmland 15-25 mph tailwind....................I am invincible!!!!!

45-60.......mostly uphill/gentle grade into wind (not directly)...........Grim determination

60-65.......Downhill/gentle grade into wind.....................................Wheeee!

The long version:

For some reason here in the Austin area there has been this strange phenomenon of ridiculously windy Saturdays for about the past month. All week things are beautiful and come Saturday the wind picks up to about 20 (I've been thinking that maybe this is G-d's way of telling me that I should be in synagogue instead of riding on the Sabbath, but it hasn't worked so far). This Saturday is no exception. I wake up to trees blowing outside my window. Yahoo weather says 15-25 mph from the north.

Girlfriend and I get to the start about half an hour before the start time. It's blustery and cloudy. Oh boy

The GF is doing the 27 mile ride, her personal longest and first group ride. and I leave with her and the other shorter distance riders a few minutes after the pack and ride with her at a very easy pace two miles until she's settled in with a group of family type riders on mtbs and hybrids. "I love you baby...see you at the first rest stop." I go on ahead. We are in a state park with some steep but fairly short rollers. Lots of fun and I get to the first rest stop at mile 15 about when the 50 and 65 milers are heading out. After about 15 minutes, I get a call. "Baby, everybody else turned off at the 16, These hills are tough, but I'm fine, you go ahead." "Are you sure?" "Yeah, go ahead." (After the ride when we met up again I found out that it was her, a marshall, and the sag wagon bringing up the rear until the 27 loop met back up with the 50 and 65. She had back surgery 5 months ago, so just doing this was quite an accomplishement for her)

Off I go. Through a little bit more park and then we descend into open farmland and turn directly into the wind. I'm pretty much alone out until the rest area at mile 22. I pull in as a group of about 6 riders are pulling out. A quick two cups of gatorade and I head back out. About 6 miles later we turn out of the wind and all the sudden things start getting a lot more pleasant. Slowly curve around over about 5 miles until that nasty headwind is a tailwind for about 10 miles. I love life! The road is flat, the pavement's good and I'm cruising at about 25 mph without working at all.

The next turn is at mile 43. The next 15 are with a the crosswind and generally uphil, though at a pretty easy grade. I'm starting to hurt, but I know I'm almost back and I'm just grinding it out. I've started to catch up with the end of the 65 milers and pass a few, so I feel pretty good about that. The last rest stop is up a hill and about 7 miles from the finish. I probably shouldn't have stopped because I really didn't want to get back on the bike. And this kept me there a few minutes longer than I really needed. There was about 2 more miles uphill from there and then it was downhill to town and a mile through town to the start/finish.

After ride meal: Delicious bacon cheeseburger with fried pickles on the side.

Today: Knees are a little sore and my legs are tired, got some sunburn on my face, but I feel surprisingly good.

Overall, I would say that I'm proud to have acheived this goal, but I didn't enjoy it too much during the ride. The next goal is a full century, but I'm really looking forward to doing a metric on a nicer day when I can enjoy it a bit more. I also think that riding with the group would have made the wind a bit less of a problem, but I don't regret hanging back and making sure the GF was doing ok.

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Old 03-04-07, 06:44 PM
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Congrats! Be careful... long rides can be addictive.
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Old 03-04-07, 06:50 PM
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I feel you about the headwinds. I went out for a metric yesterday as well. Except I got lost and the nice 20-30mph (I saw plastic bags sailing past me at 25) tailwind pushing me out instantly turned into a hope-I-make-it-back-before-sunset-from-hell wind. And to top it off, it was solo so no one to take turns pulling into the wind. But it is cool to see 16 mi supported rides for inexperienced cyclists.

By the way, I pulled in slightly before sunset and was able to catch the lunar eclipse after a shower.
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Well done. I bet you are planning your first full century now!
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good job ... fried pickles are awesome.
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Well done. Feels good doesn't it?! as jschen said the bug bites hard!
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