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Century ride done

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ok sort of.... The thing is that I finally did my 100 mike ride on Sat. The weather was perfect, little wind, stars out in the early am, the temperature didn't get over 83. My bike ran good no mishaps, the support was awesome the views beautiful. I seen eagles soaring overhead, birds chirping that I had not heard in a long time(living in the city) you could not ask for better riding conditions.

It was just me. I never got the energy surge that you get when you riding. At the start I told myself it was early and it was ok to start slow but the whole 1st half I was just making it after the second rest stop I just couldn't pull out of it. As a matter of fact when i came to the turn off for the 75 miles I actually turned but then tuned back to the 100 I told myself I had to at least keep trying but then 8 miles into that, I had hill after hill and again I pulled off the road, I looked up and down the hill two or three times and told myself, I'm done i'll never finish in the allotted time but then I decided it's ok I'll go until they close the course and have to put me in the truck. So, that's what I did for 9.5 hours I just peddled and peddled.

It as the worst ride I have ever had. The thing is I know I can do it but Saturday my body just wasn't there. I'm bummed I have to admit I only did 90.04 instead of the 101.23 but it's ok. It happens and next year I'll do great.

So no my century ride is not complete because I didn't finish but I attempted it and that's ok. 90 miles is nothing to be ashamed of. The main thing is that I didn't give up even though I contemplated it a couple of times and the next day I felt great, a few aches but nothing like you would think. It's all good and now to the next challenge : )
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    I have a sprained ankle... well pulled tendon & am no crutches for 3 weeks (look like I will be fore another week or two) and am forbidden from so much as swimming, let alone cycling, so I am JEALOUS!

    Things I have learned about big rides are.... botching my taper (thanks to my kid's schedule tanking me... apparently we should keep up 75% with no sprint intervals... going cold turkey the week before will result in the sluggish off feeling you reported), going out too hot (thanks to the ride leader pace and trying to keep up rather than doing my own thing) and leaving nothing in the tank for the hills at the end...
    alternately I have had more experienced club members (ACTC.org) worry I wasn't going enough hill training, and comparing how much elevation the ride had, vs. my training rides. I was doing the reservoir loop out to Gilroy, and felt that aspect was fine. Yes the Garmin reported my numbers were light, but I felt fine.

    The thing that did me in at Cinderella was not keeping my blood sugar up; I nosh on sports beans to keep that perki feeling going now (and not get mentally flat)

    Anyhow, good luck from learning from the ride. As you can tell from the above sometimes the reflections help you enjoy the next ride more (or investing in a Garmin ;-)

    Again SO JEALOUS!
    2964 days ago
    Sounds like you really know how to overcome physical and mental setbacks and you are definitely up for the next challenge!

    I can only imagine how rough the hills must have been. And setting out for 100 in the first place is amazing!
    2964 days ago
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    I would say that is pretty amazing!! Well done!! At least you could enjoy the scenery and the day! That takes a lot of guts to push through an unwilling body!! And you came so close too! That is fantastic!! I would say that is some kind of victory!!
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    2965 days ago
    emoticon I'm so jealous! I've been talking myself out of a century ride for the last two years. I'm doing it next season!!! 90 miles is nothing to hang your head about. You did a great job just getting out there. The next time you will ROCK IT!!! emoticon
    2965 days ago
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