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What's So Cool About A Century?

Old 09-01-08, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Brandy View Post
Cute. Stop disseminating the misinformation though. I agree...don't overeat like many people do, but get something into your body within the first 30 minutes so you can start the recovery process.
Good advice, I made a mistake this last Saturday, only consuming water and some sports drink with a meat salad after a 68 mile ride. That wasn't enough and the recovery took longer than previous, similiar rides. I won't make that mistake again.
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Some bike for fun, some for scenery, some for exercise... and some to suffer, to go fast, to push their minds and bodies to that furthest point... indeed, to HTFU. Do what you want, it's yer damn bike.
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Old 09-01-08, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
Is that Mt. Hamilton between miles 20 and ~40?
It's Figueroa Mountain (just outside Los Olivos) in the middle. As an aside, Michael Jackson's "Neverland" ranch is on Figueroa Mountain Road, we passed by the entrance somewhere around mile 55. the first and last hills are San Marcos Pass (and I kept climbing up Camino Cielo around mile 80)
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
As an aside, Michael Jackson's "Neverland" ranch is on Figueroa Mountain Road, we passed by the entrance somewhere around mile 55.
Did you hear the screams of any young males?
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK View Post
Did you hear the screams of any young males?
I think he sold it to pay for his legal troubles...
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Old 09-01-08, 10:05 PM
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I think he sold it to pay for his legal troubles...
correct...ghosts?
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
If you want to get/stay fat.

Best thing after a century....is water....IMHO.
if you want to feel terrible for the next 48 hours. glycogen (carb) stores need to be replenished (so you don't burn muscle protein for fuel) and protein is needed to rebuild muscle. Otherwise your body will eat itself.
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Old 09-01-08, 10:22 PM
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Interesting thread..

Me I did a 35 miles group ride today, which is about all I can do since I am new to this. I am not pleased with the ride because I think I did not pace myself, the first half I kept up with the pack at 21-25mph but after that I was very fatiqued, yeah I made it but did not enjoy it I was sooo overtired (I can relate to the original post). so I think I learned another lesson today, I also wonder if maybe it was just not eating enough of the right stuff the day before...SO yeah at this point I cannot imagine a century. but I think that is next yrs goal.
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
if you want to feel terrible for the next 48 hours. glycogen (carb) stores need to be replenished (so you don't burn muscle protein for fuel) and protein is needed to rebuild muscle. Otherwise your body will eat itself.
Most people overeat before, during, and after centuries. The best thing to do is to have something small for recovery immediately after, maybe ~300 calories, and then eat normally about an hour later.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Most people overeat before, during, and after centuries. The best thing to do is to have something small for recovery immediately after, maybe ~300 calories, and then eat normally about an hour later.
300 calories in fast carbs within 30 mins and then a hearty meal between 1 and 2 hrs after is what our sports nutritionists suggest.

I can't say a century has made me gain weight. then again i eat potatoes at the rest stops and drink only regular (no extra maltodextrin) gatorade.
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Old 09-01-08, 10:35 PM
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What's so cool about riding a century?
It's only half as long as a double century!
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Old 09-01-08, 11:39 PM
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Death march? Go home. If it isn't fun it shouldn't be done.

I like centuries, for the most part, because the many miles let my mind relax and find a new level to allow feelings, ideas, etc. to enter. I've had flashes of brilliance that I'd never have had if I weren't riding many, many miles. This has helped my business, my personal life, and my cycling Zen in more ways than I can count.

There are few things in life as cathartic as a prolonged bike ride. Organized centuries force me to get off the bike periodically. I've done a couple self-supported centuries wherein I realized that I wasn't eating enough, since there aren't scheduled stops. Oops. Lesson learned.

Maybe you aren't an endurance rider -- maybe there's no century or double century in your future. Ten years ago, heck, even 4 years ago, I would have if you'd suggested I'd be riding them on a regular basis now. Ride the distance you want and enjoy it. It has nothing to do with HTFU. You're either there, or you aren't.
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
What's so cool about riding a century?
It's only half as long as a double century!
Or, if a century is pointless, a double century is twice as pointless.
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Old 09-02-08, 12:14 AM
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I do centuries. I have even done 178 miles in one day and then 178 miles back the following day.

I enjoy the long rides. I love the suffering and the satisfaction of achievement when it's all done. I like to push myself. And I like to reflect on my long rides after with a beer with satisfaction.

But then everyone is different. I guess cycling for some people is a ride around the block and that's it and time for recovery with a bag of chips..........................
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> It starts becoming a "death march" as me and my backpacking buddies call a long, forced trudge to the car through sub-par conditions...more of a chore than something I enjoy.<

OP - why do you think it's OK to suffer on a backpack, but not on a bike ride? Seems you're only contradicting yourself.
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So many questions: How old are you? When did you get into biking? What's your weight and height? Were you athletic before taking up cycling? What's the most challenging thing you like to do regularly, or have ever done? Having gone through physical challenges prior or regularly helps to provide a physical and mental perspective about any challenge. Personally, my first century ride was at age 15 with friends on a bike camping trip. 200 miles in 3 days, doing 100 the first day. My brother, friends and me would regularly do marathon water-skiing (see who could stay up the longest on choppy water). I've joined in a race, on foot, up and down a 6000 foot mountain. I've camped and hiked for weeks in sub-freezing conditions. Walked 30 miles in a day with loaded backpack.

That was all in my teens, 20's and 30's. Then for many years I slacked off the physical torture fests and just maintained a low level of physical tone. Last summer I decided to kick up my physical activity and get back into fighting shape, mostly by riding daily, plus taking on the local hills. At first I was stunned by how out of it I was. My heart, legs and lungs hated me! And I hated them back for being such losers. Week after week of regular and increasing challenges, and now I'm back to being the master of my heart, legs and lungs once again. Not that I'm where I ultimately want to be, but I'm well beyond where I was a year ago. The torture along the way wasn't fun, but it's also part of the fun to be able to suppress and eventually eliminate it. So, if you really want to achieve a physical goal, be it riding 100 miles or whatever, you'll have to just keep at it. Push and push some more.

Speaking of centuries, I'm planning a century ride this month to celebrate turning 50. I've got it all planned: the first 50 I'll have all the climbing out of the way (4K-ish), and the remaining 50 will be flat with a tailwind, which is a constant feature at this time of the year along the Pacific coast where I live. Some prefer to take on the climbs during the last half of the ride for the challenge. Those people are nuts!
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After 3 metric centuries I keep doing it because I love the feeling of "I did it". I'm now training to do regular centuries and join the 100milers club. The longer I push my daily rides, the easier it is to do the really long ones. And I like the pain, it helps me sleep better.
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Well KiddSisco, aren't you something. Why don't you do us all a favor and keep the vanity tales to yourself. You provided nothing of value in that ridiculous rant about how amazing you are, or were.
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Originally Posted by jwetzelp View Post
I just haven't done ENOUGH long rides to enjoy the later part of them.
Ok..........do more.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
If you want to get/stay fat.

Best thing after a century....is water....IMHO.
Really?

Because I actually continued to LOSE weight even after I did the century and felt massive hunger pangs...

...though that was only from my first century. After I learned how to manage my intake on the bike, I felt nowhere near as hungry afterwards.
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
if you want to feel terrible for the next 48 hours. glycogen (carb) stores need to be replenished (so you don't burn muscle protein for fuel) and protein is needed to rebuild muscle. Otherwise your body will eat itself.
Incorrect.

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Most people overeat before, during, and after centuries.
That's the point I was trying to make. I have hardly ever seen any century rider that has not already eaten enough during the ride as it is.

People consistantly grossly overestimate the amount of food energy needed or required to ride 100 miles.
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Originally Posted by MrCrassic View Post
Really?

Because I actually continued to LOSE weight even after I did the century and felt massive hunger pangs...

...though that was only from my first century. After I learned how to manage my intake on the bike, I felt nowhere near as hungry afterwards.
You answered yourself there....
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Originally Posted by jwetzelp View Post
I realize that riding a human-powered machine 100 miles is amazing no matter who is asking.
incorrect.
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I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk of on-the-bike nutrition. It's possible that OP isn't eating or drinking enough while he is out there. That can lead anyone to a bad ride...

I think if you are riding 40, 50, 60 miles and you find you want to go longer, the next step is a century. For many of us, it was just a natural progression.
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They really aren't that big of a deal unless you throw in a ton of elevation gain and \ or speed it up like crazy. Otherwise, you are just riding for a good portion of the day. Any reasonably fit person should be able to ride one given enough time.
Oh and wacky weather helps as well.
For a while seeing the trip odometer roll over to triple digits is cool but that gets old.
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