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Broke my century drought

Old 05-29-06, 09:38 AM
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Broke my century drought

I had a great weekend of riding in Hartwell, GA at the Challenge of the
Centuries. The other three members of my all 50+ riding team for BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia), Team Occisus Via (almost Latin for roadkill) and I often meet at this ride
on Memorial Day weekend to make sure that we and all of our riding and
camping gear are ready for BRAG. I'm glad to say that everything seems
to be in good working order. Each day, the ride offers a choice of a
full century, a metric century or a 35 mile ride. The routes are
fairly hilly in places, but not extreme. It is similar to riding
around home in middle GA. The weather was great for camping. Despite the 90+ hot days,
the nights were cool and breezy. Great conditions for sitting around
talking over a few beers and for tent sleeping.
Saturday, we all started together, intending to ride the metric
century. Pete was feeling a little tired and turned off onto the 35
mile option at that split. The rest of us hung together pretty well
through the first 2 rest stops. I was feeling pretty good. The weight
loss and the mileage and hill work I've been doing seemed to be
helping me get up the hills better than in recent years. When the
route split at around 26 miles, I decided to take the plunge and ride
the century. Vern and Dan thought that was a crazy idea and wished me
luck.
I rode about 10 miles alone before gradually catching up to 3 riders.
At the next stop we saw a few more rides doing the century at our
general pace. Some were there when we arrived and some got there while
we were stopped. I was glad to see that I was not the last rider on
the route. Many of the riders on centuries are young, strong riders in
pacelines who finish hours before I do. For the first 50 miles, I was
keeping a 16.5 mph pace. That dropped to 14.9 by the end as the heat,
tiredness and headwind took their toll. As always, the pain started
creeping in at about 75 miles. Nothing serious, but my feet, back,
neck, legs and bottom all started reminding me that they were doing
more than they were used to. The headwind got pretty strong as the
temperatures climbed into the high 90's. I was ready to get off the
bike when it was over, but I never got to suffering really badly. I
never had to use my granny gears (the small ring on my triple crank).
The 102.44 mile ride took me almost 8 1/2 hours, just less than 7
hours of it on the bike. The rest eating, drinking and resting at SAG
stops.
After showering and shoveling down some good Mexican food and a huge
mug of Dos Equis, I crawled into my tent and slept like a baby.
Sunday, we all took the 35 mile route at a reasonable pace. I felt
fine, but had no desire to ride any further. Just enough to work out
some of the soreness.
Not bad for my first century ride since BRAG 2002.
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Old 05-29-06, 09:51 AM
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Wow!! That's a great ride and done on a whim! I'm sure you were the talk around the campfire that night and have risen to the legends ranks of the BRAG group!! Great ride! I agree that it was HOT!!
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102 miles with temperatures in the high 90's! Well done! Or at that temperature, perhaps past well done and into the overcooked range
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Originally Posted by nmichell
102 miles with temperatures in the high 90's! Well done! Or at that temperature, perhaps past well done and into the overcooked range
At least there was no need for heat massage at the end. I am jealous. We are still trying to get into the 70's on temp and that is between the rain- that also brings the high wind along with it. Today was different- Thunderstorms and guess who was trying to load the roof rack with a couple of 8x4 sheets of plyboard when it struck. Glad I wasn't riding as the golf balls falling as Hail hurt.


Rides like this stick in your memory as the great ones. Hope you rubbed it into the metric weanies. Although don't be too hard on them- they knew their capabilities and you surpassed yours. Well done.
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