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Did a Metric Century today

Old 03-26-05, 04:37 PM
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Did a Metric Century today

Today I along with two guys I work with completed a metric century. My goal was 4 hours for the ride, which I didn't meet but it wasn't a bad day, all things considered. We did the 65 mile ride in Metter, GA. We took off way too fast and my buddy Scott was suffering in the end because of it. We rode the vast majority of the ride in a heavy mist which kept the temps down but it got old having to try and clear my glasses and having water dripping off of my helmet. At one point my HRM must have gotten really confused because it registered 219. I stuck with Scott for the whole ride since this was his first metric and I wanted to make sure he made it through. Total riding time by my bike computer was 4:11 and 4:21 on my HRM. Total distance was 65.50 miles. Best part for me is my HRM says I burned of 3380 calories today!

How about you, did you complete an organized ride today? If so how did it go?
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Congratulations man.. I only did 39 miles
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Great Job...next you will be doing a century!

It seems not long ago I did my first metric...now I do a 100+ once per month.

Nope, no "organized" ride, though I did 77 on my club ride today.
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I did 56 on my ride today, and I felt it. Time according to my computer was 3:58, so a similar pace, maybe slightly slower, but NYC traffic was a factor today. I think tomorrow I'll take some easy spins around the park to loosen myself up if the weather holds out, and it isn't supposed to.
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I did one last week. Took me about 4:25 miles and burned 4000 calories in the process. Obviously, not as fit as you or as I need to be but happy that I managed it. I had to take breaks in between because of my back. The last 18 miles was hell for some reason. Before that, it didn't seen so hard. The it just suddenly hits and I'm going 12 mph instead of 16 mph.
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Congradulations on your metric century.

They become easier all the time, during base training I was riding 2 60 mile rides per week, now 30 miles is hard to get in with intervals etc (except for the 50 mile Sunday ride). On my normal route with a few hilly sections I can complete 60 in a little over 3 hours, actual riding time. I am going to more base orientated training in the next few weeks so my milage should be going up. I just crossed 1400 miles for the year

I rode with the team today, we only did 35 miles but it was great (expecially with 30 guys all wearing the same team kit going down the road) . The weather was beautiful, the ride was nice and brisk, but managable... fun!
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I led our club's weekly Saturday ride. I estimated that we had about 60 riders at the start. The route was advertised as 56 miles but I rode to the ride from my house and also turned around at the top of some climbs to go back and pick up stragglers. I ended up with 72 miles and over 5500 ft of climbing.

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Originally Posted by Comatose51
Before that, it didn't seen so hard. The it just suddenly hits and I'm going 12 mph instead of 16 mph.
Sounds like you bonked. Were you eating and drinking enough prior to that?

I did 59 miles in 3:51 today ... on a hybrid. I lost my road bike to a car accident and haven't gotten it replaced yet.
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Originally Posted by SteveE
I led our club's weekly Saturday ride.
Sorry I skipped your ride, Steve. Really sorry. I did climbing intervals on Kings Mt., then flat intervals on Caņada. My legs are now officially on strike, I hope they come back to work before Pilarcitos next Saturday. Are you going to do it?
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I did my 1st Metric yesterday. It was a solo. I went 62 miles in 4:09. The last 5 miles were the hardest because I was doing laps around my block to get the mileage. I was pooped at the end, but I feel fine today. Next goal is a full century.
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I also did a nice ride today. We did 62 miles and probably 5500 (I think, my altimeter died)... from Cupertino, up page mill, down Alpine, Passaged road to 84, 84 to old la Honda (west side) up to Skyline, north to 84 again, down to woodside, to Portola road, to Alpine, Arestadero, foothill, Cupertino..
We went too fast and I am dead! in a good way...
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Originally Posted by sorebutt
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I was there last week.. You guys are soooo lucky you have perfect weather and bike lanes everywhere!
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Originally Posted by sorebutt
I also did a nice ride today. We did 62 miles and probably 5500 (I think, my altimeter died)... from Cupertino, up page mill, down Alpine, Passaged road to 84, 84 to old la Honda (west side) up to Skyline, north to 84 again, down to woodside, to Portola road, to Alpine, Arestadero, foothill, Cupertino..
We went too fast and I am dead! in a good way...
Our ride was kinda the reverse of yours. We went Foothill, Page Mill, Arastradero, Alpine (Spectrum ride passed us like we were standing still with James Mattis of Webcor stringing out the pack and our buddy Kevin glued to his wheel!), Portola, up OLH, north on Skyline, 84W, Pescadero, up West Alpine, south on Skyline, down Hwy, Pierce, Mt. Eden, Foothill. Some folks descended Page Mill at the top of Alpine.
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Originally Posted by SteveE
Our ride was kinda the reverse of yours. We went Foothill, Page Mill, Arastradero, Alpine (Spectrum ride passed us like we were standing still with James Mattis of Webcor stringing out the pack and our buddy Kevin glued to his wheel!), Portola, up OLH, north on Skyline, 84W, Pescadero, up West Alpine, south on Skyline, down Hwy, Pierce, Mt. Eden, Foothill. Some folks descended Page Mill at the top of Alpine.

Cool! almost perfect revers... I hate riding on Skyline, the motorcycles roar by you so fast and loud.. and there is no shoulder..

Q: although I went down on Alpine a few times, I don't have a good feel for what it would be to climb it up. How does it compare to Page Mill, or OLH?
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Sorry I skipped your ride, Steve. Really sorry. I did climbing intervals on Kings Mt., then flat intervals on Caņada. My legs are now officially on strike, I hope they come back to work before Pilarcitos next Saturday. Are you going to do it?
That "stage" race looks awsome... I wish I lived out that way. Ya my legs feel like they want to strike... but I must go until next Sunday... then they can strike for a few days!
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Originally Posted by sorebutt
Cool! almost perfect revers... I hate riding on Skyline, the motorcycles roar by you so fast and loud.. and there is no shoulder..

Q: although I went down on Alpine a few times, I don't have a good feel for what it would be to climb it up. How does it compare to Page Mill, or OLH?
The motorcycles weren't too bad on Skyline today and I didn't get passed by any cars on the Hwy 9 descent, either.

A. The steep parts of Alpine aren't as steep or as long as Page Mill. On the other hand, you've already had a nice climb (usually Old La Honda) and more miles before hitting Alpine, so it "feels" harder. Plus, in the summer, the top part of the climb is exposed and it can get pretty hot. Descending Page Mill is a blast, though. Or turn left on Skyline, get over the hump, and hammer through the downhills and rollers to Skylonda.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Sorry I skipped your ride, Steve. Really sorry. I did climbing intervals on Kings Mt., then flat intervals on Caņada. My legs are now officially on strike, I hope they come back to work before Pilarcitos next Saturday. Are you going to do it?
Yeah, it was a great ride, Terry. Sue was on the ride (saw Thomas, Neal, and Scott at the ride start but not on the ride. I guess they did a different route.) No, I'm not planning on Pilarcitos but expect to do the Wente Vineyards RR in late April.
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Sounds like you bonked. Were you eating and drinking enough prior to that?

I did 59 miles in 3:51 today ... on a hybrid. I lost my road bike to a car accident and haven't gotten it replaced yet.
Not sure. I had a really light breakfast and drank quite a bit of fluids during the ride. What's the right way to prepare for a long ride nutrition[sp?]-wise? Other than carbo-stocking, which I believe takes a week, what else can I do the night before and during the ride?
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I did a full century today - 104 miles. It was a tough one because of the weather ... -12C in the morning.
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For you guys riding through la Honda, what is the name of the hotel that was recently refurbished? I drove through there earlier this year and didn't catch the name. Next business trip, I'd like to rent a bike and stay there an extra day. Also, any recommendations on where to rent a serviceable road bike? My work takes me to Cupertino, so any place in that area would be OK.

I live in NJ and ride in the western part of the state. Had a great club ride (47 mi) yesterday over to the Delaware River. Beautiful day, very scenic, rural area. Some nice climbs up from the river, onto the western NJ ridge, prior to descent back to start area.
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Got in a Metri also. Mostly unplaned. Started with hill training to get ready for some big hill rides later this spring. One thing led to another and bang you have a metric century in.
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I did an 80 miler yesterday that had 3 really challenging climbs. It was a tough day for me.
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I did a 50 miler today on a recumbent trike. It felt like I did 150 miles though.

speaking of metric century times, whats the best time you guys have had? I had a 2:38 nonstop time last year for an average of 24.8mph.
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Originally Posted by sorebutt
Q: although I went down on Alpine a few times, I don't have a good feel for what it would be to climb it up. How does it compare to Page Mill, or OLH?
Alpine (west of Skyline) is a very nice climb. About 5 miles and 1800'. It starts out in the shady redwoods by a creek, climbs through the oaks and madrones, then opens up into rolling meadows with beautiful views of the ocean. Much nicer than Page Mill, which has too many changes in grade. My recommendation: Alpine for climbing, Page Mill for descending.
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Originally Posted by Terex
For you guys riding through la Honda, what is the name of the hotel that was recently refurbished? I drove through there earlier this year and didn't catch the name.
A hotel in La Honda? I don't think so. The Skylonda Lodge on Skyline was about the closest place to stay, but they're closed.

A stay at Costanoa, south of Pescadero on Highway 1, might be nice, but the prices have gone up a little.

There's a new B&B in Pescadero, called the Pescadero Creek Inn. It looks pretty nice, but pricey.

Then there's the Pescadero Creekside Barn, a little apartment space above a barn.

Other than that, there's the hostel at Pigeon Point, a couple of B&Bs in Davenport, and lots of options in Half Moon Bay.
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