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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
8/15/08 12:52 P

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Bob

Thanks for the info. I think I will keep it for next year. With my wife going through her chemo treatments now ... I do not want to be doing a lot of sponsored rides. I'm happy that I can go on the Century in September. I will be looking into more sponsored events next year ... I might even toy with some competitive events in my age group and see how I fair out??? This may be very humbling and let me know how much further I need to grow and improve.

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8/15/08 11:25 A

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Jim,

How about this www.jcbc.info/Tour_de_Fort.html ?

Remember ... a century is only 4 25-mile bike rides ... you do that all the time.

Of course, the BRB is 4 25-mile bike rides up some real steep hills.

Take a weekend day and do 2 or 3 25-mile rides from your house ... not the most exciting day but it serves the same purpose.

Bob

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
8/15/08 10:40 A

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I wish I had more to share .... I'll be going on my first century on Sept 7th at the Door County Century in Door County, WI.

I looked at the map and it does look daunting. I'm hoping I can get all 100 miles in. So far this season my longest ride has been just a tad over 40 miles with no stops or rest.

I hoping to try out 50+ mile route either on Sat or Sun and see how that goes. I do not have any routes larger than that to go on and see how I would fair out.

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8/15/08 10:20 A

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A century in the Blue Ridge? Wow! I'm impressed!!

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8/13/08 10:10 P

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I'll be WATCHING others go up Mt. Mitchell. Not doing it!


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8/13/08 2:20 P

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Sounds like you have the strategy right ... wish I had ridden my first century that way ... I think I did the exact opposite of all the good advice.

The BRB looks like it lives up to its name ... ~9000 feet of climbing.

I bet you'll even feel good enough to take a run up Mt. Jefferson ... wow! ... 1454 feet in 3.1 miles ... that's a solid 8% grade!


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8/12/08 6:38 P

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Thanks-

Yeah. I am planning to start SLOW, eat, hydrate and spend the remaining energy in the last 10 miles if I have it to cut my time.




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LOAFYLAW Posts: 450
8/12/08 5:43 P

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I did my first century in May. You can do it! Due to the wind and bad weather here, before the century, my longest ride was just over 40 miles. Still I did the century without too much pain. Take your time, be sure to eat and keep hydrated. Good luck and congratulations!

Trying to stay fit, healthy, happy, and motivated


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Getting ready to attack a LONG TERM goal - complete my first endurance event. Earlier in the 2000's I went after a Marathon and didn't quite make it. The knees are not cooperating.

Now, I am all set for my first CENTURY - the Blue Ridge Brutal - this Saturday, August 16th. 100 miles with tons of climbing in the mountains of NC.

I feel very prepared and a little nervous. I could use some words of encouragement.


Thanks!

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