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just rode my first century!

Old 08-19-07, 02:55 PM
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just rode my first century!

took me quit some time 5:36:32. but was taking my time to make sure i had enough in the tank to get through it. basically have accomplished all my goals for this year now.

here comes fall/winter!
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Congrats.

It's still early in the season and there are a couple more centuries on the east coast you can make this season.

A real challenge is the NYC Century as about half of it is in traffic.
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dont know if i will recover in time for another kidding. right now im just gonna take a day or so off to rest/recover. started by having a GREAT egg salad sandwich on whole wheat with a pickle and then honeydew melon chunks
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congrats, i hope to have done one by the end of the year!
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Congratulations man, that's awesome! I'm doing my first on September 8th with the Birmingham Bike Club. It looks like it will be a solo for me, and from what I understand about 5000' of climbing total. I have no idea what time I will do it in, my primary goal is going to be finishing it.

Any advice???
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For a 1st century I think that is a very good time. Congrats.
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Originally Posted by feethanddooth
took me quit some time 5:36:32. but was taking my time to make sure i had enough in the tank to get through it. basically have accomplished all my goals for this year now.

here comes fall/winter!
CONGRATS!!!
Good for you!
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That's a VERY good time for any century. Congratulations and keep on pedalling.

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congrats!!!...I hope to have mine completed after Saturday at the Hotter N Hell!!!!
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Originally Posted by Robert C Wells
Congratulations man, that's awesome! I'm doing my first on September 8th with the Birmingham Bike Club. It looks like it will be a solo for me, and from what I understand about 5000' of climbing total. I have no idea what time I will do it in, my primary goal is going to be finishing it.

Any advice???
just stay hydrated and eat well before and during. i most likely ate a bit too much during mine. but i wanted to be sure i made it. this has been a goal of mine since picking up my first road bike almost 5 years ago when i was 70 pounds heavier.

what i ate...
before;
full cup(8oz) of kashi cereal
honeydew melon chunks(about 16oz)
cup of coffee(black no sugar)
orange juice(8oz)

during;
throughout the ride no more than every hour,
5 fig newton cookies. (100 calorie in each)
about 5 gels(90 calories per gel)
i stopped and had a slice of white pizza 65 miles in (i cheated )
drank 6 water bottles of water.
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Originally Posted by Robert C Wells
Congratulations man, that's awesome! I'm doing my first on September 8th with the Birmingham Bike Club. It looks like it will be a solo for me, and from what I understand about 5000' of climbing total. I have no idea what time I will do it in, my primary goal is going to be finishing it.

Any advice???

The BBC Century is a good event and I am still debating whether or not to do it, there is also the Pepper Place Crit that afternoon in B'ham which puts me in a unusal circumstance. Where are you coming in from or are you local? Good luck with your ride!

Congrats OP!
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Nice Job. I'm sure it had all of the aspects that we love, Some great views, some suffering and some bonding with other cyclists.
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Originally Posted by af2nr
The BBC Century is a good event and I am still debating whether or not to do it, there is also the Pepper Place Crit that afternoon in B'ham which puts me in a unusal circumstance. Where are you coming in from or are you local? Good luck with your ride!

Congrats OP!
I'm from Laurel, MS, but my brother lives around Helena/Alabaster so I'll stay with them the night before the ride.

Hit me with a PM if you decide you wanna ride it; it would sure make the ride easier taking turns pulling.
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Congrats! You're gonna be hooked now.
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Hooked indeed. Congrats!

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what's cheating about pizza? calories is calories, in that situation. man, i have to look really hard to find a bowl of something that doesn't have pig guts in it on my long rides. a large bowl of fried rice every two hours does me well.

century number 1 in less than 6 hours: excellent.

next is a century in 4 hours, nonstop. you're allowed a car for support but every time they hold your saddle and push you uphill, that's a ten second penalty. got that?
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that's an outstanding time for your first .. or eleventieth century (but I suspect you knew that )
The 5:00 barrier isn't all it's cracked up to be; well, for us after work, weekend warriors who ride only to eat and to stay fit.

Super Job!!!
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You always remember the first one.

Great job!
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thanks everyone. is it silly to feel more like a "real cyclist" now?
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I just did my first century over the weekend too!
*high five*
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Congrats! I still have to do my own century before the season ends -
Just wondering if you guys think I'm ready ? I just started Road Biking about month n half . I average about 23-35 miles every time I ride. last weekend I did 45 miles.
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Congrats!!

I'm going to do my first on 9/1. I'm sure my time won't even be that good!

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Congrats dude, thats cool. good time too!
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