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70-mile ride turns into an unexpected CENTURY!

Old 03-24-07, 09:57 PM
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70-mile ride turns into an unexpected CENTURY!

So I went on my team training ride today, with distances of 40, 55, or 70 miles. I chose the 70 mile route. At the turn around point (35 miles) one of the stronger riders announces that some of them would be riding farther to complete a century if anyone wanted to join them. So I figured why not and went along, knowing full well we'd have more hills (it was a moderately hilly area) AND then a head wind when we turned around. I lost the main group near the end and dropped down to 11-12 MPH into a fairly strong wind. But, I made it!

My first, and until now, only century, was 12 years ago. Now I've got number 2 under the belt. Woo-hoo! Here are today's stats:

100.5 miles

5hr 53min 34sec

17.0 MPH ave speed

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Isn't it funny how you weren't even expecting it? That's probably why it was so easy for you, since you were like, "Sure, why not? Let's go!"
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Well done!
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good job! I can imagine how you felt at the end. I hate those damn head winds.
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love it when I unexpectedly boost my ride another 20 miles because I feel good.
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DOn't ya love those unintended centuries? I know I do!
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congrats, that wind must have been awful.
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As a reward, I think I'll send that $10 back to you!
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Cool! Now go drink a few beers to recover!
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Congrats, Yeamac! Riding a century is a cool feeling!

I did the Bluebonnet today for 83 miles...

Are you doing the Camp for All next Saturday or the Space Race next Sunday? Both are good rides. The Camp for All is my favorite of the MS 150 rides. Space Race has a good century.

I am riding both...legs will hurt next Sunday afternoon!

Once again, congrats on the ride. You seem to be training well for the MS. I might see you in La Grange at Noon!

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the power of "yes!".

those are the kinds of rides that have a great payoff. Give yourself some rest now and you'll start to feel the benefit of those extra miles on your next few rides.

congrats.
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Originally Posted by Houston_Biker
Are you doing the Camp for All next Saturday or the Space Race next Sunday? I am riding both...legs will hurt next Sunday afternoon!
Better to hurt now than during the MS150! I'm not doing any organized rides other than my team training rides. Next Sat. is the annual team picnic after a morning ride, so you can be sure I am not going to miss out on free food.

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I might see you in La Grange at Noon!
You just might! I had planned to ride fairly easy day 1 to save strength for day 2. Problem is, I just can't seem to ride "easy." Every time I make an attempt to ride easy, I feel like I am not working as hard as I could so I push it up a notch. Assuming we have a tail wind on that Saturday, I am seriously thinking about going for a sub 5-hr century. Up until the turn around yesterday at 50 miles, I had around a 20 MPH average going, so if I can maintain that, I can do it.
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Well done man! A sub 6 hour century is commendable. I was just logging into Bike Forums to discuss how my ride today turned into an unexpected century just like yours, but looks like you beat me to it.
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^^^ There's room for more than one unexpected century rider on these forums. Let's hear it, haus!
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Funny how a good ride can so easily turn into a longer ride than you planned.

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