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First century completed

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Well.... I finally did it, I completed my first century.  I still can't believe it that I actually rode 100 miles.  The century ride I did was the Seagull Century.  It was great weather, sunny not too hot, after lunch around mile 77 the wind did start to pick up and i Slooooooowed down and thought about quitting, then I remembered the next rest stop was the ice cream stop and I should just go on, afterall, I was well ove half way there and once I reached the ice cream I would be able to finish the last 16 miles. 

 

 

So I will definitely do it again except, I will use clip pedals, actually get off the bike and sit down to eat at the rest areas, and ride with at least one other person, it was really hard to do it alone. Yes there were 7000 other people but I did not ride with anyone.

 

It was a great experience and personally very rewarding and very accomplishing.

 

post #2 of 12

Kudos to you.  I do a 80-100km (50-60miles) ride most weekends, but the step up to 160km/100 miles is a big one.  I have a 165km ride coming up in 3 weeks time (also includes 2,700m of climbs) which I'm trying to drag a friend along to.  Definately much easier to do with a couple of people you know along for encouragement.


Edited by Taxman - 10/10/10 at 7:43pm
post #3 of 12

Fantastic, Pandita.  That's a great accomplishment!  Your first century is the hardest.

 

So, do I take it that you didn't eat while on the bike?  If that's true, that's probably why you slowed down -- your glycogen levels were depleted and you bonked, or were close to bonking.  One key thing in riding long is too make sure that you take fuel in on the bike -- 200-300 calories per hour is about all the body can absorb, but without providing some fuel, most folk do not have the conditioning and the discipline to ride only in Zone 1-2 where your physiology  burns fat.

 

And it's great that you are motivated for your next one!

 

Again, congrats.

 

Mike

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Habacomike:

 

I did try and eat while on the bike and I had some of those electrolyte blocks but they started tasting gross and making me feel sick after a while.  I had a granola bar at one point and that tasted really good. I will just have to restrategie for the next one and really eat next time

post #5 of 12

 

 

Way to go, Pandita!!!!

 

Sounds like you have a good plan for the next one.

post #6 of 12

Great job, you earned the right to wear a real big smile.

 

First 100 mile ride is a milestone of significance. From other posts, I know you trained and planned all summer, but, no matter how much advice you get, it's something each of us needs to experience. Yes, get someone to ride with next time.

 

post #7 of 12

Nice job!!! What a great milestone!

 

It's on my list of "stuff to do someday", too.

post #8 of 12

SRSLy?  

 

They dun heard of the Seagull up Michigan-ways?

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Habacomike:

 

I did try and eat while on the bike and I had some of those electrolyte blocks but they started tasting gross and making me feel sick after a while.  I had a granola bar at one point and that tasted really good. I will just have to restrategie for the next one and really eat next time


Some people mysef included have a hard time eating while riding.  My stomach just does not like certain things.  I just have to find something that works and keep eating it.  I like hammer gels and can take as many of those I can remember to eat.  I need something more substantial though on  a 100 miler and find that cliff bars sit fairly well if I can choke down the dryness factor.  I find I have to train my eating habit or I will just forget to eat.....

post #10 of 12

Fig Newtons <- classic for good reason.

post #11 of 12

A little late, but congratulations Pandita!  The first one is the hardest.  Riding 100 miles is an awesome accomplishment.

 

I did the Seagull Century several times when I was living in Virginia, and when the wind picks up (and it always does...), life can get hard.

post #12 of 12

Another late Congrats!

 

You will find that future Century rides get better. Eating well, drinking enough and a comfortable bike can really make a difference on any ride longer than 3 hours. Once those issues are resolved, the miles go by more easily.

 

Michael

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