My First Century Ride.

This weekend was glorious!

First, in theme with my need to always talk about the weather… in short, the weather was phenomenal in upstate NY.  Couldn’t have asked for better!

Second, this weekend brought about my first ever century ride. A century ride (100 Miles) has been on my bucket list for a couple years and the Tour de’Cure and Davidson Bros. finally gave me the push I needed to sign up for one. I had a lot of fun being a part of the Davidson Drafters, working with Grey Ghost Bicycles, and participating in this event.

I’m not going to lie, I was wondering how the whole thing would go on Sunday. I had originally signed up to do this with my friend E, but a few weeks ago she decided that she would not be participating for a couple different reasons. This news came during the week that I was already a little overwhelmed with my training and my training rides for the 70.3 had not been going well.

I was bummed that E was not going to ride with me, and was starting to worry about making it through 100 miles on my own, when I found out that 2 women from my hometown were signed up for the Tour and nothing planning to complete the Century Ride! So I emailed them and we agreed to meet up at the start and see how things went as far as pacing, etc.

This was just the mental boost that I needed going into the event – my longest ride before this was 60 miles. I also know that riding 60 miles by yourself v. 60 miles with a  group is two very different circumstances.

Next, as if the prospect of biking my first century wasn’t enough of a challenge, the 100 mile course was advertised as including 4,300 ft of elevation change which meant this wasn’t going to be any walk in the park (as if 100 miles is easy to start with… let’s just add a little elevation shall we?!).

Although the course stated 4,300 feet – my watch captured 5,375 ft. My legs definitely believe my watch, especially around mile 80. 🙂 Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 9.51.28 PM

Overall the ride went really well. I only struggled a bit around mile 70-85 but I think that was more a nutrition/hydration issue. I just adjusted by eating an extra bit of food around mile 75 and taking in more water and evened out by mile 85. I actually felt really strong by the end and could have gone for a while longer (but was happy to be finished)!

I’m happy to say that the three of us all kept about the same pace all day and were able to easily hang with each other. And we had a lot of fun making our way through the course. Plus, these women were amazing! One is a large animal vet who also is a Red Rider, and the other woman is an ex-olympic speed skater – who has had 4 boys in the past 6 years and yet, just goes out an rides 100 miles. NBD. But seriously, it was great talking with them all day and working through the course together!

I had so much fun this weekend! In short, I finished my weekend feeling like this:

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I am so happy that my first ever century ride went so well, was a fun experience, and that I felt strong throughout the course. I had a fantastic time! However, the 100 miles were not all uneventful –  a lot can happen while trying to cover that type of distance! I mentioned that miles 70-85 were a little rough due to a wrong step in nutrition/hydration. I also had the pleasure of fixing my chain 4 times after it fell off my bike (definitely time for a tune up… and some derailleur adjustments), and had the fun of dealing with a little “melt down” of my right shifter which loosened up and slid down my handlebars around mile 55. That’s what I get for messing with my bike at the last minute!

Luckily, I’m not afraid of a little grease, I’m fairly decent at fixing my own bike, and not too ashamed to ask for help when I needed it with the handlebars! A quick fix at the rest stop from a fellow rider and I was good for the rest of the day!

Weekly Workouts//

  • Monday – Rest Day
  • Tuesday – 1 Hour 30 Minute Bike – Hill Repeats – Lovin’ my new bike!
  • Wednesday – 1 Hour Run scheduled – Cruise Intervals – cut this one short due to feeling dead tired. Only ended up running 20 minutes, no sense in logging “junk” miles.
  • Thursday – 1600 yard Swim – with 1,000 yd Time Trial – 100 yd pace now down to 1:36 (from 1:51 in February)!
  • Friday – 1800 yard Swim – Decending 100s
  • Saturday – 1 Hour Run
  • Sunday – Tour de Cure – Saratoga Springs, NY – 100 Mile Bike (including 5,300 elevation, no joke.)

Weekly Totals//

  • Swim – 3400 yards
  • Bike – 7 Hours, 45 Minutes – 122 Miles
  • Run – 1 hour 20 minutes, 9 miles
  • Brick – None (next week will be a different story – training weekend in LP coming up!)
  • Total Time – 10 Hours

Weekly Photo Recap//

Post 5 x 1 Mile Hill Repeats – loving my Slice more and more!

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After doing hill repeats on Sweet Road, I tried to find a shortcut back to Jamesville beach. In the process, I found more hills to climb (Jamesville is no joke) and this gorgeous view!

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 First sweet corn of the season! 20140601-210104-75664920.jpg

Last minute bike fit adjustments before the weekend century ride. Decided to go with the road bike this weekend. She’s tried and true – we’ve been through a lot in the past 5 years (and I know how to fix her when things go wrong)!

Also, didn’t want to get 50 miles in on the new ride and find out something wasn’t working right… or fitting right with the new bike.

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New bar tape. Clashing colors is in right?! On the bright side, she’s one of a kind & the orange does make it easy to spot in a crowd! 20140601-210130-75690728.jpg

My trusty co-pilot, basking in the sun! 20140601-210131-75691524.jpg

Yes! I keep messing around trying to fine tune my food/nutrition. This cookbook is awesome so far – breaks down and helps you figure out calorie spend and how to replenish while biking and running (in an easy to understand manner)!

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Saturday’s Sunset.

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Sunday’s Sunrise. 20140601-210200-75720769.jpg

Davidson Bros. Drafters – 137 Riders, Raised $60,000 20140602-211108-76268131.jpg

Just after crossing the finish line.

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With the Bootmobile!

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Never heard of the bootmobile? (Neither had I… but apparently it’s similar to the Oscar Mayer Mobile but for L.L. Bean)20140602-145632-53792439.jpg

Official Finishing Pic! Had an awesome day with these ladies! 10363640_10101646313920505_1997760364960079128_n

Anyone that knows me, knows my obsession with applying sunscreen. Despite my best efforts for the century (which were actually pretty good since it was 85 and sunny and I was outside for 7 hours with only 1 sunscreen application) I ended up with a little sunburn. Happily it’s really minor – and pretty fabulous if I do say so myself – an ultimate watch tan!

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Relaxing with Roxie. 20140602-145633-53793391.jpg

Monday Morning Sunrise. (See a trend this week?) 20140602-151042-54642363.jpg

How I felt when I woke up Monday… by some miracle, I wasn’t sore from the ride, just dead tired. And waking up before 5 to drive back to Syracuse didn’t help… 20140602-145633-53793585.jpg   What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

Adventure anywhere? Try anything new?

Regardless, I hope you all had a killer weekend and a fabulous Monday!!

Cheers!

 

 

P.S. My mom is going to kill me, but I just can’t resist… I think this is her first ever “selfie” – all because my phone had accidentally flipped to the from camera, but it was fun to find this little gem on the photo roll! Thanks Mom for coming to see us at the finish!!

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4 thoughts on “My First Century Ride.

  1. Great ride and week!! I am so glad it went well for the most part!! Century’s are a beast and you got through it!!! Congrats!!!!
    Love the Feed-Zone portables!!!
    I apply a lot of sunscreen as well!! I have a watch tan on my right hand and a sweatband tan on the left hand!! It is quite sexy!!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you!! Somehow I was mentally prepared for it and enjoyed almost every minute of it!

      Glad to hear you like feed zone portables, I’m making a few things for my upcoming training weekend in LP!

      Watch tans, shorts tans, and race back tans are totally in!

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  2. stumbled upon your ride write up from a search. My friend called today to say he wanted to do 100 miles 3 days from now, Fatass (unsupported) and on mountain bikes (decent tires though). We did a casual 2 day MS 150 4 months ago. I’m now heavier and lazier.
    I loved your write-up. I’ll try to remember when I’m spent

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