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Finished my first century

Old 10-08-12, 03:34 PM
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Finished my first century

I finished my first century on October 7th at the Pumpkin Pie Ride put on by the Starved Rock Cycling Association (Ottawa, IL).

I did my first metric century earlier this year and this is my first full century. It was chilly and windy but I persevered.

Not bad for a guy that turned 55 a week before.
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Not bad at all
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Good job, how did you feel at the end?
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Congrats; that is awesome!
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Bravo! One off the bucket list!
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Congratulations! You'll always remember your first.
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Nice going!!! It was pretty chilly in Chicagoland this weekend.

Always been curious about this ride. How many riders? What's the terrain like?

You might want to Also try the Bike Psychos century that goes off in late August. Same neck of the woods and lots of fun.
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The next one gets easier. I did my first century about 3 months back and I've pushed myself to ride a century every weekend since. After a while a metric seems.... very short.
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Way to go !!!!!!!!
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Great job! Congrats!
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Good job, how did you feel at the end?
I felt really good at 75 miles, the last 20 were mostly willpower and determination. I wanted that slice of pumpkin pie (and to finish the century)!
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Always been curious about this ride. How many riders? What's the terrain like?
I believe there were close to 500 participants, but I don't know the breakdowns for how many and the distances they rode. it might be on their website.

The routes were in my neighborhood - the SAG stop in Sheridan was 4.5 miles from my house so I know the roads in that area pretty well. There were some hills, some steeper than others. The wind was a constant adversary, making it seem like you were constantly climbing. I think it would have been much easier without the wind.

The folks helping at the SAG stop, and at registration were very nice and everything was well organized. Food was good and there was plenty of it. The route was clearly marked, I didn't even look at the directions at all. I'll ride it again in 2013, definitely.
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Cool. I'll have to consider that one too for next year.
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Congratulations (from another 55 year old)

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I felt really good at 75 miles, the last 20 were mostly willpower and determination. I wanted that slice of pumpkin pie (and to finish the century)!
The old saying - there are two halves to a century: The first half is 80 miles, and the second half is 20 miles.

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I think it would have been much easier without the wind.
<Hint> Wait until a big guy who seems to be strong in the wind comes by you - then hop on his wheel



Seriously: A year ago, I did my first century. On Saturday I did my 11th. They never get shorter, but you get better at handling the distance. Enjoy your next century.
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Congratulations. 100 miles is no joke, especially in the wind. My only advice for getting thru the last 20 mi. is to keep eating & drinking, it's easy to "bonk" near the end when we think we are so close. Post some pics if you have them.
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I didn't take any photos. Since a lot of the miles were on roads that I ride fairly often, there wasn't anything noteworthy. In retrospect, I should have taken SOME photos - it was my first century after all.

The photos would have been captioned "Dale looking for a downwind leg" or "Dale looking for a downhill section" or "Dale looking for warmer weather to ride in" - well, you get the idea.
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