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My first metric century

Old 10-13-03, 02:15 PM
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My first metric century

Ok I never post but I have to toot my own horn Yesterday I completed my first metric century
It was 66.5 miles and a hell of a lot of hills (For me anyway) someone said it was 4800 feet it took me 4.5 hrs not sure if that good or bad.
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This didn't happen to be the Tour de Poway yesterday, is it?
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That would be the one

Did you do it?
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congrats on the metric century. The Imperial's just around the corner.

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Originally Posted by Guss101
Ok I never post but I have to toot my own horn Yesterday I completed my first metric century
It was 66.5 miles and a hell of a lot of hills (For me anyway) someone said it was 4800 feet it took me 4.5 hrs not sure if that good or bad.
Congratulations, I did my first metric century about a week ago. Took me 4.75 hrs.

I used to live near Poway, in a place called, if I remember right, Rancho Bernardo. And there are a lot of hills around there! Makes the ride that much more satisfying.
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I did my first metric century on September 20, 2003, at the Seacoast Century from Hampton, NH, to York, ME, and back. It also took me about 4.5 hours.
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Chalk up another 1st metric century. I did 64 miles in the Kitsap Colors Classic with the Cascade cycling club. Took me about 4.5 hours as well.
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Congrats to all on your metric centuries. I guess we did our first metric this weekend as well. My husband and I did 78 on Saturday, longest before that was 60 miles. It was tough, many miles of rough road, but we lived to tell about it.


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Originally Posted by Guss101
That would be the one

Did you do it?
yeah, i had fun. i rode to the start and completed the loop then headed back home. it was a total of 85 miles. i learned a lot from the paceline i joined. it was a pretty fast bunch. after the climb out of highland valley and bandy canyon strung us out, we broke up into our ragtag groups. i completed the ride just (the official route) just shy of 3-1/2 hours. i gotta confess, i was tempted to just head on home after hitting the top of the hill of rancho bernardo road---all i had to do was go straight instead of make left and i'd be piggin' out at the fridge! but the devil possessed me and forced me to finish the circuit---then i headed home.

this is a good training loop to do on long rides as all i have to do is step out the door. i can only imagine doing the loop backwards is so much more tougher!!! yikes!!!
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Originally Posted by Guss101
Ok I never post but I have to toot my own horn Yesterday I completed my first metric century
It was 66.5 miles and a hell of a lot of hills (For me anyway) someone said it was 4800 feet it took me 4.5 hrs not sure if that good or bad.
Well, 4800' of climbing is a pretty good amount. With that amount of climbing in a metric, your time is quite respectable.
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, i was tempted to just head on home after hitting the top of the hill of rancho bernardo road---all i had to do was go straight instead of make left and i'd be piggin' out at the fridge! but the devil possessed me and forced me to finish the circuit---then i headed home.

I thought about doing the same thing then I remembered I live 1 block from the park
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Good work!

While you're still feeling like the metric century is within reach, you should definitely head out and do a century ride (100 mile ride, that is).

Congrats!

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