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my first century - complete!

Old 03-26-07, 07:21 AM
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my first century - complete!

hey guys, i posted a few threads about what i should expect out of a century and i used a combination of everyone's suggestions and had what i think was a successful century (since i was actually able to complete it). the farthest i've ever ridden before yesterday was 50 miles and the longest i had ever been on the bike was 3 hours.

here are my numbers from my computer for those who care

time:5:59:00
avg:16.6MPH
distance:100.1miles
max:26.6

it was a ride down into the everglades so it was flat the whole way. the first 50 miles was great- i averaged 19.5MPH and it only took me 2:30. and then came the ride home, in a very crappy headwind- i must've averaged about 14MPH and it took me the additional 3:29. i had a few cramps and some nice cyclists gave me some e-gel type thing which really helped. it was also fun to talk to other people as i usually ride by myself. i'd say i was by myself for about 70 miles and rode with a group or more than one person for the remaining 30 miles. all in all it was a great time. i couldnt wait for it to be over, the last 5 miles felt like forever. i saw a bunch of alligators and some snakes as well as some nice bikes! i was pretty happy with my results. and plus about five people while riding told me i had a really sweet bike-that really got me going. and my girlfriend took a picture of me from her car- i'll post that whenever she gets around to sending it to me.

next time i'm going to take it easier the first 50 miles (haha as everyone warned me to do and i didnt)
and spend more times at the rest stops. oh and i'm also gonna get some of those e-gels, those were sweet
fun times!

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looks like one great experience for your first one! you seemed kind of nervous when you first talked about it, glad to hear everything went so good!
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Congratulations! The first century is a huge accomplishment.
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Congratulations. It sounds like you had an excellent and fun ride. Good job.
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Great job Jonathan!
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Originally Posted by jonathanrules
i couldnt wait for it to be over, the last 5 miles felt like forever.
When you are doing the last 5 miles solo -- into a headwind -- that feeling just about sums it up. Nice job on your first century!
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Great Job!!!....Congrats!!!





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thanks guys, at the 50 mile rest stop i was all alone deep in the back country and i came around the corner of this narrow road and i saw what must've been an 6-7 ft. gator. scared the bejesus out of me
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Exellent Job! What bike were you riding?
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i know there are a lot of trek haters, but an '06 madone 5.2 with bright teal tires haha
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I saw that ride on active.com did you go all the way to flamingo in the everglades or did you stay outside the park? congrats on the ride. I went out for a little 30 mile ride and those winds were just killing me. I can't imagine what they were like after 100 miles.

oh, how are the roads down there? I know in the park they are lousy!
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Nicely done. I've only done a metric century so far. I did it solo, but there weren't any gators - yiikes!
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nice work. keep it up!
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Awesome man. Careful though, riding centuries is addictive. You're gonna want to do it again and again, but even faster and faster. Rock on!
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Originally Posted by rha600
I saw that ride on active.com did you go all the way to flamingo in the everglades or did you stay outside the park? congrats on the ride. I went out for a little 30 mile ride and those winds were just killing me. I can't imagine what they were like after 100 miles.

oh, how are the roads down there? I know in the park they are lousy!
no, not all the way down to flamingo, but we went well into the park. and the roads down there are...horrible, haha but it's all good, it was fun!
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Congrats on your first century!
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Originally Posted by jonathanrules
i know there are a lot of trek haters, but an '06 madone 5.2 with bright teal tires haha
Forget about those Trek haters. My Trek 1000 has been very faithful to me.
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here's a pic that my gf took
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nice job!

BTW... mmmmm..... cliff shot mocha gels w/ caffeine & orange cliff shot blocks... uuulllggghhhh

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I am officially shunning this thread!

Just kidding!

Congrats on your first century. I had the same feeling you did for the last 5 miles of your century for the last 3 miles of my first metric. After the last corner, the 3 miles to the school where we started was against the wind and by my recollection took longer than the previous 65 miles.

My first century attempt will be in August (if not sooner).
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Very nice. It's always a big moment when you finish that first one.

It's on now. You'll be looking up and wanting to go to every century that you can find within 300 miles.

Cheers,

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