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fleck said:
With only 1 ride at 50 and one at 70 you aren't setting a realistic goal of 5 hours.
Don't set yourself up to fail. Set goals that are possible to reach.
4hrs 51mins* biyotch! :D

Last year the same ride took me 6 hours.



*would have been faster if one of our group wasn't suffering/cramping for the last 50 miles.
 

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nice job man, thats a great pace. im doing my first century in september and have been ramping up the miles for a month now. by the start of august ill be doing about 70 miles two days a week and 40ish miles two days a week as well. you have any tips for me on keeping the speed up like that? like how did your intensity and effort vary over the 100 miles?
 

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hey, that's awesome!

my first and only century was solo and i could only get about 5 hrs and 40 min...i think it was approx 17 mph ave over rolling hills in missouri with nothing notable with wind.

i hope i can best that time in the near future. i would really like to approach the 5 hr mark.

keep up the good work!

mx
 

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Way to go. I am still shooting for my first 5 hour century. 5:07 at last year's Trek. This year was too windy and my riding buddy cramped up.

One of the keys is getting in a fast group. Being able to suck someone's wheel for 80-90% of the time makes a big difference.
 

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"would have been faster if one of our group wasn't suffering/cramping for the last 50 miles."

Was it you?

20 mph in a group is no big deal. 20 mph solo, is hard to do.
If you want to impress us, get in a fast group and finish in 4 hours.
 

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Or do it on a fixie. (Seagull century-18.6 mph on a fixie. Not 5 hrs, but it WAS a fixie)
 

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On a ride like TOSRV, it is pretty easy to do 5 hour century. The ride is basically flat, and there are always large groups of people hauling ass. Even better if you bring your own group.

My fastest solo century is about 18 mph. I think that's around 5:30. I haven't done a ride longer than 72 miles since June 2005. I get bored (and sore) as hell after about 3.5 hours on a bike.
 

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Great for you,
Going from 6hrs to under 5 for a century is a great accomplishment .Stand up and give your self an standing ovation. We all need little encouragements like this to make us stronger and better. Sure there is always someone who can do the ride faster, or pedal like the wind

So what,,,

But today you are a king and you should be smiling from ear to ear. Tomorrow is another day and you will be ready to complete and compete in another challenge.

They can not take that away from you

Bravo
 

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Kram said:
Or do it on a fixie. (Seagull century-18.6 mph on a fixie. Not 5 hrs, but it WAS a fixie)
I did 100mi in 4:54 on a fixie 48x15. I'd like to do it in 4:30 but I might need 48x14 to do it. There are two hills near the end that might out allow it. Don't know till you try. I think anything around 5 hours is not a joy ride. If your riding faster than 5 hours then your challenging yourself. I'd like to get a geared bike together and try for 4 hours solo.
 

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My fixie is geared for the terrain I ride on-mostly rollers and few flats, hence I use a 42x17. 18-19mph is a nice spin.
 

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MR_GRUMPY said:
"would have been faster if one of our group wasn't suffering/cramping for the last 50 miles."

Was it you?

20 mph in a group is no big deal. 20 mph solo, is hard to do.
If you want to impress us, get in a fast group and finish in 4 hours.


It was not me who was suffering. I was feeling pretty good despite a knee that has been bothering me and when the 20 mph average speed was in jeopardy toward the end because of nursing the sufferer back it was I that jacked the pace back up to 27-28 mph for the last 6 miles. I don't know if I could hang with a 25 mph century at this time but I would give it a heck of a shot with the right people. Considering that I was about 35 lbs heavier last year and all the guys (and one girl) I rode this century with would drop me all the time I feel pretty good about it.

I guess your user ID is rather appropriate, eh? :D
 

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5 hours on a bike is an accomplishment reguardless of the milage. What percentage of people can spend 5 hours on a bike?

Not only that, but what percentage of people would consider riding a bicycle 1 hour. I ride to work and back everyday (about 20 miles round trip), people flip out on that fact. It's so far beyond their comprehension they can't even relate it to a part of their reality. . . and that is 20 miles . . . You should see them when I tell them I'm riding a century . . . they ask me how many days it's going to take me, and I say around 5 hours or so . . . . and they say "your going to ride 5 hours a day for how many days?"

It's like they believe it takes a super human effort to ride a century. Is it ignorance, or denial? Well one thing is for sure most of the time it's out of ignorance because you have to look no further than when they ask you the question . . . "How many canteens do you use?" . . . . canteen?
 

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MR_GRUMPY said:
"would have been faster if one of our group wasn't suffering/cramping for the last 50 miles."

Was it you?

20 mph in a group is no big deal. 20 mph solo, is hard to do.
If you want to impress us, get in a fast group and finish in 4 hours.
I rode 100 miles in 5 hours solo once. Do I get a cookie? :D

Good job BMXican!
 

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It was not me who was suffering. I was feeling pretty good despite a knee that has been bothering me
So why the post about "I think I'm screwed" on General?
I had a mid-season goal of riding a 5 hour century that was scheduled for yesterday. I rode it and made it under five hours but the knee started hurting after about 20 miles. So I basically rode 80 miles one legged. I can't put serious pressure on it (especially climbing). So now I don't know what to do.
Don't get me wrong. I'm impressed with the 5-hour century. I've yet to finish one under six, so I can't throw stones. But what's the point of injuring yourself and risking surgery and lots of time off the bike just to hit an arbitrary time mark?
 

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Because I wanted to see how my knee handled 5 hours on the bike. If it wasn't going to handle 5 it ain't going to handle 10-11. I wrecked my knee 15 years ago so I knew the day would come when it would give out so I wasn't really "injuring myself and risking surgery", surgery is inevitable. Anyway the century Saturday is small potatoes relative to the 2000 or so miles I need to get in before September. It just sucks that it's happening now when I've been training for Lotoja.

However, Saturday's century and finding a knee specialist (whom I will see on Wednesday) who is a former athlete (played football for BYU) and uses surgery as a last resort has given me confidence that I'll make it to September. I just hope I don't have to take too much time off in the meantime.
 

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4 hour?

I would like to watch the guy who said he was going for a 4 hour solo century, you better be in damn good shape to do that. Holding a 25 mph average for that long SOLO is going to make everything hurt! I am not saying it can't be done, but I think there are very few who could do it. :thumbsup:
 

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I would like to watch the guy who said he was going for a 4 hour solo century, you better be in damn good shape to do that. Holding a 25 mph average for that long SOLO is going to make everything hurt! I am not saying it can't be done, but I think there are very few who could do it. :thumbsup:
I'm looking at it like this. I've done 4:35 on a road bike. Drop bars 32 spoke wheels. Now change to a TT bike, TT bars, disc wheel, and a nice front wheel. . . . could it be done?

Dan McGehee, 55, Mesa, AZ (October 6, 2007)
Officials: Byron Gremley, Paul Carpenter

100 miles Surveyed Course, Kane, IL
3:56:03 / 25.42mph

http://www.ultracycling.com/records/mileagerecords.html
 
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