Well I did it.. two things. I can official say 100 lbs gone and that is a century and I am riding my fist Century this year.. the Missing Children ride to raise awareness for missing children. on Sep 27. I said this year was going to be my fabulous year.. turning 50 and being fabulous.
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Fitness Minutes: (47,592) Posts: 9,196 8/6/13 10:21 A
I also have a goal of riding a century. I was shooting for this year, but life happened and I'm gong to have to aim for next year or the next. We'll see. I will be fifty next year so it would be rather cool to do it next year. I think I would go with my husband and cell phones. lol. We could plot our own route and have our kids available if issues arise.
Hey, LIZREID, I'm from Columbus, too, and grew up dreaming of TOSRV. I trained for it a few years ago and then didn't ride 'cause flying home with my bike was out of my price range at the time, but I'm determined to do it one of these days. My favorite training plan for distance riding comes out of Kansas - http://www.kanbike.org/pages/training.php
Happy riding! (And lemme know if you do TOSRV - maybe we can meet)
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Fitness Minutes: (47,592) Posts: 9,196 6/14/13 2:31 P
Yes, but it is a family trip, and a cruise, so getting a chance to go bike is not likely to happen! (Though I will definitely be spinning onboard, that's not something I can imagine doing for long-distance training!)
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Fitness Minutes: (49,293) Posts: 892 6/14/13 2:13 P
I think I'm going to try and ride one on the first day at Pedal to the Point this year. It's an option, and well-supported. We'll see, though; I am in Hawaii July 20-30 so I won't get a chance to bike.
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Fitness Minutes: (74,986) Posts: 1,651 6/11/13 6:27 P
I've ridden flat ones--Seagull Century (scenic; the wind can be worse than hills); and Ohio's Hancock 100 (flat, but not very scenic). I've loved riding them--it's the volunteers and other riders that make it such a great event. This fall I'm registered for the flattest century in the east in Connecticut/Rhode Island. Seagull & Hancock were pretty flat--we'll see if it lives up to its lore.
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Fitness Minutes: (43,426) Posts: 7,564 6/4/13 8:25 P
Yeah... it is not always possible to ride every weekday morning... as I live in tornado country and the storms can get pretty crazy. Yesterday and this morning I did yoga instead of a ride. It's a nice change of pace and is great for my mental and spritual health too.
Sunday I've got a 30 mile ride planned with my awesome co-worker. Excted for that one!
Fitness Minutes: (49,293) Posts: 892 5/31/13 11:25 A
Every year, I set a goal of riding a century before winter sets in. I have yet to accomplish it, but I've learned a lot (injury prevention) and I'm much more fit by the end of the season. Last year, I topped out at 79 miles. Not bad.
I commute by bike but I'm required to have a car at work. I drive in on Monday with suits and lunches, and then ride the bike back and forth. I go for a long ride or a hill climb on the weekend. My system is similar to yours. I think you need to add in a couple of days a week off the bike. Go for a walk instead. Your "contact patch" and your legs will thank you.
Your plan to slowly add miles is a good one. I like the MapMyFitness websites to plan out routes. It's pretty windy where I live, so I use the maps to figure out how to have the wind at my back toward the end of the ride. If you live in a rural area, I bet you're dealing with chip-sealed roads, too. I hate them. As I've grown more familiar with the Tri-Cities, I've learned where the chip-seal is and where the velvety-smooth asphalt is.
Keep up posted on your progress ~ we love celebrating other people meeting goals!
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I live in the Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC area. The advantage to cycling here is that there are completed rail trails as well as a loop around the BWI airport. We also have access to the Cumberland rail trail that goes through PA. I hope to ride the sea gull century this fall. It takes place in Salisbury MD, it benefits the local college. I have been riding a recumbent trike regularly for the past two years, it is much slower than a regular bike so I am shooting for the meter century. If I can get my speed up I should be able to complete that in the allotted time.
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Fitness Minutes: (644) Posts: 20 5/28/13 9:22 A
Ok well... compared to growing up in Columbus, Ohio and then moving to the San Francisco Bay Area... our town of 20,000 sure seems small to me!! When I lived in Berkeley, I might ride my bike 7 miles just to visit a friend. It was a mile and a half to the grocery store, which I did about once a week with a full load of groceries on my rack and in my backpack!
I'd love to ride a century too ... but am a long way from it at the moment. I wish you the best!
But really -- a small town that's 3 miles from one end to the other? That sounds like a BIG town to me. Our small town is 4 blocks long x 4 blocks wide. I keep telling my kids that a population of 2,000 is not a big town. It might be over four times the size of our town, but it's not a big town.
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Fitness Minutes: (83,662) Posts: 5,121 5/27/13 7:27 P
I'm looking to ride a century soon too (not sure exactly HOW soon as I've just gotten back into riding!). My longest to date is 35 miles in one day. I think I'll find a half century in the future I can train for, then depending on how that goes, find a century to go for. I'm definitely looking for supported rides!
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers
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Fitness Minutes: (47,592) Posts: 9,196 5/27/13 4:48 P
What a great goal! Are you going to look for a supported ride, or ride by yourself?
I haven't ridden a century yet, and I'm hoping to do so soon. I road 81 miles on the first day of Pedal to the Point last summer, which was awesome, but it was also 104 degrees out and riding an additional 19 was Right Out. (The route is supposed to be 75, but it was badly mapped and we had a lot more ride than was advertised. I knew and was ready for it, but a lot of people were MIFFED. Particularly the ones who had turned it into their first century ride by taking on the extra lap and so had to ride more than 100 miles to finish.)
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Fitness Minutes: (644) Posts: 20 5/27/13 2:46 P
That is my current cycling goal. The most I have ridden in one day is 45 miles. I just moved to Kansas from California, where my bicycle was my made mode of transportation, and everything was sorta spread out. Now I live in a small town where going from one end of town to the other is only about 3 miles. So for the first time, I need to actually purposefully train in order to get miles in. Becoming more sedentary and putting on weight after our move was a major motivation for joining SparkPeople.
I am aiming to ride at least 10 miles a day on the weekdays (as long as it's not raining too hard) and at least 30 miles on one weekend day. I will bump those goals up as I build my endurance and get faster (I currently ride between 11 and 15 miles an hour... mostly depends on how windy it is!)
Very happy to be here on this women's cycling team! It's my favorite way to exercise.
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