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Pcad's Guide to Riding a 'Century'

Old 05-23-09, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Or 130 like I did today...
But umd, age adjusted, my 110 miles is like 190 for you.
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Old 05-23-09, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
... then my back starts hurting ...
weenie ...
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Ok, I followed pcad's instructions to a "t" except that my stop at the deli included a large italian sub, bag of chips, and a bottle of red wine. Had to call the wifey to come and get me.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
1.) Put on your bike crap. Be sure you have the iPod.

2.) Eat a good breakfast, take a Powerbar and $5.

3.) Ride your bike 100 miles. Or 110 like I did today.

4.) Be sure to stop at a deli @ mile 70 or so for Gatorade and cookies (that's what the $5 is for).

No registration fees, rest stops, idle chit chat with idiots, or 'being treated badly on a century ride' worries.

God you weenies overcomplicate everything in cycling with your incessant hand-wringing and whining.

Don't discuss. There's really nothing to debate here.
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Old 05-23-09, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Or 130 like I did today...
I have you both beat.
0 miles.
I went hiking instead.
It's new math. 0>130
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Old 05-23-09, 09:08 PM
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I am clearly more full of **** on the right, but then that also tends to be true in politics.
Better change that, I got a bad-boy point for saying the same thing.
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Old 05-23-09, 09:28 PM
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Here is your self century shirt.

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But what if someone tries to force you into their "sag wagon.?"
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I'm curious what the Pcad Century t-shirt graphic will look like. I've got a suggestion: His faithful dog Sam trying to get free from a tangle of brake and shifter cables.
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Actually.. if everyone followed this advice there would be no reason for BikeForums
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I am clearly more full of **** on the right, but then that also tends to be true in politics.
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Anything over 70 miles is pointless.
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Today.

Ate a good breakfast.
Put on ride gear.
Ride 45 miles.
Short break at a deli for lunch.
Ride 54 miles.
Out for pizza and beer for dinner.
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Actually.. if everyone followed this advice there would be no reason for BikeForums
Pffft. Shutup!

Where would we talk about cable routing?
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
1.) Put on your bike crap. Be sure you have the iPod.

2.) Eat a good breakfast, take a Powerbar and $5.

3.) Ride your bike 100 miles. Or 110 like I did today.

4.) Be sure to stop at a deli @ mile 70 or so for Gatorade and cookies (that's what the $5 is for).

No registration fees, rest stops, idle chit chat with idiots, or 'being treated badly on a century ride' worries.

God you weenies overcomplicate everything in cycling with your incessant hand-wringing and whining.

Don't discuss. There's really nothing to debate here.
Agree, except for the iPod. Solo centuries are great.

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Oh yes, it does go without saying, but still, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is dumber, more Fredly, and more annoying than a 'Metric Century'.

God help us.
Wrong.
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Old 05-23-09, 10:31 PM
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I don't know how you guys can ride with ipods. I'd really feel a lot less safe without being able to hear around me.
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Originally Posted by biker128pedal View Post
Here is your self century shirt.

Fixed.

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Originally Posted by bjupton View Post
I don't know how you guys can ride with ipods. I'd really feel a lot less safe without being able to hear around me.
oh geez not this again. ipod does not mean you cannot "hear around you"
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
Anything over 70 miles is pointless.
Unless the point is to ride more than 70 miles.

Even if you are saying this from a "race training" perspective (in which case you are on the wrong forum), I've had races that are longer than 70 miles.
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I get hungry after 60+ miles, as in eat a lot hungry.
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Ride to eat, or eat to ride? Which is the century option?
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my S2 isn't comfy enough ... have two other bikes that are very good for longer rides
Is that the Huffy?
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
1.) Put on your bike crap. Be sure you have the iPod.

2.) Eat a good breakfast, take a Powerbar and $5.

3.) Ride your bike 100 miles. Or 110 like I did today.

4.) Be sure to stop at a deli @ mile 70 or so for Gatorade and cookies (that's what the $5 is for).

No registration fees, rest stops, idle chit chat with idiots, or 'being treated badly on a century ride' worries.

God you weenies overcomplicate everything in cycling with your incessant hand-wringing and whining.

Don't discuss. There's really nothing to debate here.
+1

Except ...

1.) Get ready to go. Make sure you've got your camera.

2.) Drink a good breakfast (Ensure is the way to go), bring several oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and $5.

3.) Ride your bike 100 miles ... or more, more is always good.

4.) Be sure to stop at a convenience store @ mile 60 or 70 or so for orange pop and salted almonds (that's what the $5 is for).

Simple, uncomplicated, and something you can do several times a month if you've got the time.



Oh, and ... nothing wrong with doing metric centuries, they make great early season rides or post-century recovery rides, but if you can do a metric century, you can do an imperial century ..... so GO, ride one already!!

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Old 05-24-09, 12:10 AM
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I did one today. First 75 were on a group training ride. The next 25 I only survived by having my first ever Red Bull. That stuff works.
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