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Pondering first century attempt...should I?

Old 09-26-10, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
ligaments and tendons are more apt to get damaged under high stress i.e. mashing. You do bring up a good point. The OP should focus on keeping a good cadence, especially on the hills and not try to overpower the course.
Cadence is one of the things that I"ve been very attentive to recently, typically spinning at 85-95rpm. I think I will definately try the 100, just hope i can hook up with a my pace kinda group before we leave. 5000 riders, figure most will be doing the 30 (~3000), another 1500 or so for the 50, maybe 500 for the century. There will surely be a wide range of riders, and i think as long as i can churn out a 14mph moving average, who cares if I float between multiple groups at different paces, there are regular stops, there will always be people in front of and behind me, I'm certain.

Wish me luck, but I honestly think that I can do this, and appreciate the kind words of encouragement.
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do it! ive only been riding since june, soloed 90 miles with 7000+ feet a month a go. I was dying but I did make it.
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Originally Posted by Cavemann
Cadence is one of the things that I"ve been very attentive to recently, typically spinning at 85-95rpm. I think I will definately try the 100, just hope i can hook up with a my pace kinda group before we leave. 5000 riders, figure most will be doing the 30 (~3000), another 1500 or so for the 50, maybe 500 for the century. There will surely be a wide range of riders, and i think as long as i can churn out a 14mph moving average, who cares if I float between multiple groups at different paces, there are regular stops, there will always be people in front of and behind me, I'm certain.

Wish me luck, but I honestly think that I can do this, and appreciate the kind words of encouragement.
FWIW, I'm a clyde at 6'3" 235lbs and my moving pace was a shade over 15mph. I'm going to assume you are a lot smaller than me so riding that pace should be quite doable.
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Originally Posted by Cavemann
True, and it's always better than the call of shame from the middle of nowhere to your spouse requesting a pickup....
Never, ever call the wife, a few years ago on vacation to the outer banks I took my bike with me looking forward to some flat land riding after all these East Tennessee hills, left out early, wife asleep, headed toward Hatteras, oh man I'm loving this, cruising around 20 mph, passing and getting passwed by some other bikers, great morning.
Rode 30+ miles and decided to turn around, thinking 60 miles was a good ride, BAM!, right in my face was the reason the ride had been so great, that eternal breeze we all love at the beach that had been pushing my dumbass down the beach was now to be conquered for 30 miles, I was killed when I got back,told the wife about lesson learned,"ride into the wind first leg" she asked why I didn't call her? I would crawl dragging the bike behind me with my tongue lolled out before giving her that story to tell FOREVER.
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just do it.

i should trademark that.
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Do it. I did my first century like 2 weeks into riding. Then ended up doing 1800 miles my first 2 months. challenge yourself.
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Go for it. If things work fine, great. If things don't work so well, it'll likely just take longer than you were expecting.

Also, check the routes; on a lot of these rides, you can change routes mid-stream and have a shortcut back to the start.
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Lets put it this way. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people run a marathon every year. How many of those do you really think actually trained properly for the 26.2 mile race? Very, very few.

If people running 20 miles per week or less can complete an entire marathon, than you can probably ride a century.

The human body is very capable.
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i said something similar in the triathlon forum, just pace yourself. you do realize many people who are not in great shape complete centuries very often (sorry musicmaster for stealing your idea). it doesn't take much to ride a century, it takes a lot to ride a fast one, but just to survive takes little effort.
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Originally Posted by lovestoride
i said something similar in the triathlon forum, just pace yourself.
Hopefully I'll be giving a good tri-report after i do Nautica NYC as my first tri in august

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Originally Posted by musicmaster
Lets put it this way. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people run a marathon every year. How many of those do you really think actually trained properly for the 26.2 mile race? Very, very few.

If people running 20 miles per week or less can complete an entire marathon, than you can probably ride a century.

The human body is very capable.
I disagree, most people that run marathons do actually train fairly solidly for them. There is no comparing a marathon to a century, I know people that have done both and it's pretty unanimous, the marathon is much harder.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
I disagree, most people that run marathons do actually train fairly solidly for them. There is no comparing a marathon to a century, I know people that have done both and it's pretty unanimous, the marathon is much harder.
i think he knows that he was just using that as an example, that people can do basically anything if they try, and have any type of fitness.
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Lets put it this way. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people run a marathon every year. How many of those do you really think actually trained properly for the 26.2 mile race? Very, very few.

If people running 20 miles per week or less can complete an entire marathon, than you can probably ride a century.
If you're talking about "running"a marathon rather than walking part, there's no way someone can run a marathon on 20 miles a week. I ran sub 3 hr marathons and the minimum for me is 50 miles/week.

Someone can complete a marathon by running and walking with minimum training. Someone can also do a century with minimal training - averaging 10-12 mph. But both require extensive training if you want a respectable time.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
I disagree, most people that run marathons do actually train fairly solidly for them. There is no comparing a marathon to a century, I know people that have done both and it's pretty unanimous, the marathon is much harder.
It all depends on how you do a century (and assuming you run the marathon rather than walk part). A century is as hard if you go all out for both. Marathons seem harder because your legs get so beat up.
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Well, I did it....a blistering moving average of 12.6mph 100.71 miles, elevation gain 7121 feet, and if you trust garmin, max speed of mach 4.44

https://bit.ly/bbwuNa garmin connect link

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Congratulations! Good job. That elevation gain made it tough.
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Originally Posted by Cavemann
Well, I did it....a blistering moving average of 12.6mph 100.71 miles, elevation gain 7121 feet, and if you trust garmin, max speed of mach 4.44

https://bit.ly/bbwuNa garmin connect link
Wow, you rock dude!

When I was riding for only a month, 10 miles was a lot. You have me beat by 90 miles!
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Cool, glad it worked out for you. And not to worry, keep riding, you'll get faster.
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Originally Posted by Cavemann
Well, I did it....a blistering moving average of 12.6mph 100.71 miles, elevation gain 7121 feet, and if you trust garmin, max speed of mach 4.44

https://bit.ly/bbwuNa garmin connect link
Nice! That is faster than what I did in my first century 10 years ago. I think I averaged a little over 10 mph on that ride
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caveman, I'm in nyc as well and did the escape new york century last week. did your route take you to bear mtn? is that where you got so much added elevation gain? also, I was out for aride this morning and there were people affiliated with the MS ride riding on FDR drive, was there a shorter route offered that included FDR drive? MY gf and I almost snuck in on 96th street just so we could say we rode on FDR!

EDIT, looks like you guys took palisades park, that hill to the alpine police station is a *****, one of the tougher hills around at 235lbs it's a killer even with my low gearing on my triple. I looked it up its a 8% grade for 1.2 miles

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Congrats!! Hilly route too! Plus that max speed is wicked awesome.
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Congrats, that's quite a bit of climbing for any century, let alone your first. Well done.
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