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Just finished my first century ever!

Old 05-07-11, 07:08 PM
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Just finished my first century ever!

Road in the ADA Tour De Cure today, and did the full century (104miles, 6500ft of elevation change.) This was my first century, first charity/organized ride and first time really riding w/ other people. It was awesome! I started getting pretty tired at about mile 65, but got my second wind around mile 80, then bonked pretty nasty at 96 miles. Those last 8 miles were ROUGH. I was pretty much spent and was riding ridiculously slow.

My goal was to finish in 8hrs, but after an unfortunate month long break from my training, I dropped the time goal and just cared about finishing. I ended up finishing in exactly 8.5hrs. So not quite my goal, but much better than i was afraid I'd do!

Man, i feel so accomplished right now. I feel like i've "graduated" into being a "real" cyclist!
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Old 05-07-11, 07:35 PM
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Congrats, finishing is finishing don't worry about missing your goal time! Time to keep the training up and make a new goal so you don't lose your fitness. Maybe 100 miles on your own and beat the pace you did today!
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Old 05-07-11, 07:42 PM
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Congratulations! Thats certainly more miles than I could do. Did you feel pretty sore after? How much riding did you do to prepare for it?
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If you train properly, do some long rides and get some miles in, your next century will seem easy compared to this one. Being prepared helps, but having fun is most important. Focus on doing some long rides and the next century will seem like just another long ride.
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Old 05-07-11, 07:45 PM
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Congrats.

I wouldn't worry about missing your goal time, especially since its your first century. Just finishing is a great accomplishment.

I was one of the last people to finish in the century I did last month. I had to wait a while for neutral support after I broke a spoke, and at an aid station that ran out of water. Even with problems that were out of my control it felt great to finish.
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Old 05-07-11, 07:52 PM
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Congratulations! That is quite an achievement. Most of all, I hope you had fun!
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Old 05-07-11, 08:22 PM
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Good job. I was planing on doing my first century today also until I cramped up. Next time.
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Old 05-07-11, 08:24 PM
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Way to go!!
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Old 05-07-11, 08:34 PM
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congrats! except for the time, your description sounds exactly like my first century.

i did another one two weeks later. more hills (~9500 feet of climbing vs. ~6500), more wind, and a couple of extra miles at the end, but i felt better and went faster. if you keep doing long rides, it'll only get easier.
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Old 05-07-11, 09:36 PM
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Well done.
At what point in your ride did you feel the exhilaration of knowing you'd make it?
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Old 05-07-11, 09:40 PM
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Sounds like a great ride! Reminds me of my first century. The fact that you finished is an accomplishment. Congrats!
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Nice work!
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It's interesting that you hit a wall at mile 65, beacuse that's about when I hit mine. Mile 75 on is a breeze though. I'm getting ready to do centuries every sunday onec I get my fit dialed into my new bike!
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Congrats to a great accomplishment. My group was heading north as you guys were coming down the coast. We rode out from Del Mar through Pendleton to San Clemente and back (87mi in under 5hrs). It was our longest training ride before the San Diego Century in 2 weeks. It will be my first century as well. I have a goal to finish under 6hrs, but more importantly cross that finish line.
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That 6500' of climbing makes quite a difference! Nice job
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Congratulations!

Worthwhile cause. Ambitious to take on a century and it be your first time riding with large numbers of people but it sounds like it came off pretty well. Most of us have bonked at one time or another. Miserable feeling but you'll do better next time. Great accomplishment. :-)
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Thanks guys! One thing that gave me trouble was that around mile 95 i started feeling like i needed to throw up. I knew i needed to eat, because i knew i'd be running out of fuel at any moment, but i couldn't think about eating without making the urge to throw up even worse. So i just passed on eating and i'm sure that played a major hand in me bonking right towards the end. I was completely spent for the last 8 miles, just barely trudging along.

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Congratulations! Thats certainly more miles than I could do. Did you feel pretty sore after? How much riding did you do to prepare for it?
Not terribly sore, but i'm definitely feeling it. I'd say a decent amount of training, but i could have definitely done better. Essentially i was doing one long ride every weekend, slowly increasing in length. And then sometimes would do a shorter ride during the week.

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Congratulations! That is quite an achievement. Most of all, I hope you had fun!
I had a ton of fun! Aside from the moments where i felt like throwing up! lol

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Well done.
At what point in your ride did you feel the exhilaration of knowing you'd make it?
haha, well i got that feeling around mile 90, but then i bonked really hard at about mi 96, so that feeling went away and didn't come back till i was like 3/4 of a mile from the finish line!

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Congrats to a great accomplishment. My group was heading north as you guys were coming down the coast. We rode out from Del Mar through Pendleton to San Clemente and back (87mi in under 5hrs). It was our longest training ride before the San Diego Century in 2 weeks. It will be my first century as well. I have a goal to finish under 6hrs, but more importantly cross that finish line.
Cool! Wonder if we passed eachother!

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That 6500' of climbing makes quite a difference! Nice job
It really did. The most climbing i did on my training rides was 5000'. Although, i don't think i hit any inclines that are as steep as some as the ones i did while training. (i'm normally riding in the SF bay area.) One thing that was lame is that after the steepest climb, i was looking foreward to a nice fast descent, but nope, it was a really slow gradual decent w/ a major headwind!

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Congratulations!

Worthwhile cause. Ambitious to take on a century and it be your first time riding with large numbers of people but it sounds like it came off pretty well. Most of us have bonked at one time or another. Miserable feeling but you'll do better next time. Great accomplishment. :-)
Yeah, what's surprising though is i spent probably 95% of my time on the course almost completely alone. Everyone that was faster than me was way faster, and everyone that was slower was way slower. So there were times where i was afraid i was off course cause there was no one in sight!
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You never forget your first. Congratulations Most of my Century ride were like yours in regards to ridding solo. The fast guys were way fast and the slower ones were way slower. Believe me solo is not so bad in that it's way safer. Pacing with strangers is not the safest way to do a century either. It can be considerably slower depending on how long you can stay with the pace line though. I have never even come close to winning one so it didn't make much difference to me anyway. Now I am old so it's more of just finishing now-:0)
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Congrats on your first century. I did the same ride yesterday, my first century as well. I was originally slated to do the TdC century in Long Beach the weekend before, but due to a scheduling conflict, moved to San Diego instead. I spent the last couple of weeks pretty worried about the amount of climbing due to never having done even close to that amount of hills. Now that it's the day after, the hills don't stand out as much as the mental fortitude it took to finish off those last 20 miles. That last stretch included a cross/headwind and a boring stretch of bike path (although it was nice and flat at that point). There was more than once at that point that I kept thinking "how bad would it be to cross the finish in a cab?" Ultimately, I'm glad I got a tough one under my belt. Definitely gave me a lot of confidence to try another one in the near future.

Nice job on your century. Hopefully you're as proud of it as I am of mine. I'm guessing neither of us will ever forget it.

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Well done!
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Nice job. Make sure you rehydrate and get out on an easy recovery ride soon. you'll feel a lot better for it.
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Originally Posted by dwhitlow View Post
There was more than once at that point that I kept thinking "how bad would it be to cross the finish in a cab?"
I'll definitely have this in mind when I do my first;-)
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