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DANEDA_A Posts: 10
10/12/09 2:15 P

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I did my first century this past weekend. It was a lot of fun. I didn't train a whole lot for it. I'd like to do one again in the spring, but this time get some serious training in before hand!

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9/29/09 11:01 A

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Well that makes me feel good...knew it was 60 something:)

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9/29/09 10:52 A

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CYCLEMEL:
You do know you've already done a metric century, eh?

63 miles = ~101k

Congrats! emoticon

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I'm working towards my first metric century...did 63 miles this past weekend:)

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9/25/09 7:24 P

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I have done 5 MS 150 (75 miles a day) and one 107 mile ride and a 102 mile ride.

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9/23/09 5:46 A

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206 miles. LOTOJA 9/12/09. What a ride!

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9/22/09 5:50 P

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The 2010 MS 150 will be June 11-13. In the past it has gone from Proctor, just outside of Duluth, to Blaine. We would ride right through Forest Lake. This year they changed the route so we missed going through there. Here is the link for the ride:http://bikemnm.nationalmssociety.org. If you do decide to ride and you want to hook up with a team let me know. We accept anyone.

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MROCEK

When is that Duluth to the Twin cities ride? I have a brother-in-law that lives in Forest Lake, MN.

I might want to put this on my Bucket List.

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9/21/09 9:31 P

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I have done 2 MS 150's and the training rides that go with them. This year (2010) will be my third one and I'm looking forward to another beautiful trip from Duluth to the Twin Cities. Eight hours on a bike is quite a stretch. Don't think I could manage anything longer. emoticon

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9/21/09 7:57 P

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I just did my first century a few weeks ago and it was awesome. Considering that I just bought a bike last year I thought that was pretty good.

A normal weekend ride is in the 80 mile distance. Weekday rides are usually 25 miles per night.

It doesn't matter if it's 10 mile or 1,000 miles the point is that you're out there doing something.

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9/20/09 10:46 P

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I remember my first 15 miler thought I was going to die. When I told people I biked 15 miles they were all "wow how many hours did it take you". You just can't jump on a bike and ride off into the sunset. You have to condition some of your body parts. Like your feet and your seat just to mention a few. Once you get that conditioning you don't want to lose it. One of the reason you keep riding.

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Jim:
I do envy the big #s sometimes but I think you also have to have the right mindset to go out and do, say something like a double century.

Yeah I could probably go and roll out big miles but I always get really bored around the 3.5hr mark and just want to get off the bike and do something else. Which is one of the reasons why I go for the high-intensity, low duration events. And it's probably the reason why I've never done an organized Tour! On the other hand, someone like PERFECTFORTHS is ideally suited to brevets - he just keeps on going, and going, and going...

To me that's the beauty of cycling. It's not only one sport, there are so many disciplines that you can do. From short races, to dirt, to centuries and brevets, it's all there, for anyone. You just have to find what you like and what you're suited to.

And to all you "wimpy" milers out there - the hardest ride I've done this year wasn't my solo century, it was a 60k (37 mile) dirt loop on my cyclocross bike that I did last month. Took me 3:15. I could barely walk afterwards.

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9/18/09 8:56 A

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Jan

I guess when you hear others doing a double century, riding for 12, 18,24 hours without sleep you kind of look at yourself and say wow. I was guilty of thinking the same thing because of the rides I have done and previuosly stated.

However, looking back at this .... I could remember when 15 miles was greuling for and now I'm having to get rides in the 50+ closer to 75+ before I have that same feeling. Of course if I'm in a race of 35+ or 90 miles or even my short 8 mile rolling hills TT I can get that the same feeling but only because the intensity is very high.

So we all have to realize where we started and where we are at today but not consider ourselves as whimps only because we have not had the time to do what others have done yet. This may only be because we are not confident we can yet or can not find time to do it because of family commitment or there is not an event similar to this in our location.

So Jan I guess you are right in your assessment;-)

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I am confused - what is the definition of a wimp? Regular 65 miles, half ironman... guys I had to laugh. It is not wimpy in my book.

I am not sure how many centuries i have done. My longest rides are several MS 150 rides and Seattle to Portland (209 miles in 2 days). Next year I am planning to ride in the second 'spokes of hope' from Cleveland to DC visiting cancer centers on the way. As the founder of the ride says - 'cancer is not contageous - hope is' - so, on the way we will stop at cancer centers and meet with patients along the way.



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9/17/09 6:47 P

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Don't want to sound like a wimp but I did 30 miles just the other day. It took 2:05 my best time ever!!



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I've done 6 century ride. I road home from one for 115 miles. that was my longest ride. I was going for a double century this year but had some set backs. Most of the rides out here have lots of climbing and canyon winds. I would like to try a flat double, but when you live in the Rocky Mountains there's no such thing.

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9/17/09 3:09 P

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I also think anyone that spends 3-5+ hours on a bike is never going to be considered wimpy. 50+ miles is a long ride. The looooong rides are not for everyone. I would trade a 250 mile ride for a sub-six century any day. But, we all have strengths and weaknesses, I am slow, but can usually keep on going, and going...

PBP, I would love to try that ride. I have completed the 200, 300, 400, 600km rides that qualify a cyclist to do PBP, but I'll have to wait for the kids to finish college before I take off to Europe for a bike ride. One day, maybe 2011, Lord willing, I'll give it a shot.


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GIANT, that's a cool way to strive for your double.

And there is no way I'd call my 70's wimpy. That feeling of quads twitching as I tried for the next rest stop... Nope, not wimpy.

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The longest rides I've done are centuries though in my youth I'd often ride to the rally and home afterword adding more miles. My fastest century was 4:35 that I did 25 years ago.

Now that I'm older I doubt I'll ever approach a 4:35 century again.

My goal now is a double century under 12 hours. I've never done a double so this is a new challenge rather than something I'll compare with earlier rides. There are no double centuries in my area but there is a race with 6, 12, and 24 hour time trials. Next year I may sign up for the 12 hour event and try to complete 200 miles.

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9/17/09 1:25 P

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What's with everyone claiming "wimpy" mileage? I'd hardly call 60+ miles "wimpy". Personally, I think big mileage is overrated. Some people like to ride long, some don't.

Me? I don't like to ride long, but I love to ride HARD. Which explains why my events of choice are criteriums, TTs and cyclocross! One hour of intense leg and lung searing pain, and I'm done. OK, I do love Olympic distance Duathlons but the bike leg is only 40k. And 15k of that running malarkey. I love hearing about them, but I'd never in my life want to ride a brevet...

However, as this is a mileage thread, I do 1 century training ride sometime mid-June. Took me ~5:45 this year. My regular Sunday ride is ~100k (3h-3:15 depending on group/solo and terrain).


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Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 9/17/2009 (13:27)
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OK, I am officially a wimp. We regularly do 65 miles, and my longest is 82. I had hoped to do a century this year, but MIL's failing health had ended most of our trips.

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9/17/09 12:02 P

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250 WOW are you sure you did not sleep on the bike while pedaling?;-) LOL

Personally I have done 1 century, 75 mile charity rides, a couple of 50+ miles. Did a 90 mile bike race and a 35 mile bike race. Otherwise, myrides range from 20+ to 40+ miles.

Since I have found a 50+ mile route my intentions for next season is to do those twice on either Sat or Sun or on both days with hill climbing, sprint intervals, weight lifting during the week and the race pace Wed. Nite Group Ride.

I'm not sure i could ever handle something like a 250 mile ride???

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I've done 70 a couple of times, as part of group charity ride.

And I drove the support van for someone doing a double century... Can't even imagine driving for a 250, let alone ride it!

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250! WOW!

I'm still trying to reach my goal this year of completing a century. My longest ride so far is 80 miles - not too bad for just getting into cycling within the past year!




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I'm such a wimp... I've only gotten in a couple of 54-milers since I restarted cycling this spring. :) Of course, I did have a 60-miler on a touring bike back in middle school - apparently I was much fitter then!

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You beat me... but I enjoyed a 153 mile charity group ride in May - Tuscaloosa to Lake Martin AL. Other than the distance, the challenge was keeping the group together and not stretching the line out too far.

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I used to ride "brevets" check out www.rusa.org if you are interested in finding out what a brevet is. Any way I did a 400km brevet. 250 miles, it took me 23 hours without the benefit of sleep. It was a blast! emoticon

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