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Old 05-18-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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How many century rides?

I was just wondering how many century rides 50+ cyclist average during a year? I haven't done any this year but got one in last year and would like to average four a year.



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I'm shooting for 4+ this year.



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One a year for me. I'm not yet a fan of the centuries as of yet. Riding solo I'm just bored to death after 5-6 hours in the saddle. However I'm finally getting introduced to the joys of riding with a partner and it totally changes everything. Recently discovered that a neighbor of mine rides so the past couple weeks he and I have been going out after work for a 20-25 mile ride and I'm amazed how quick the hour goes by. He's a chatty fellow and we have a lot of common interests so it adds a new element to the ride. I'm hoping we sync our calendars for a century together this summer. I want to see how much of a difference it makes.

I do love metrics though and have done two organized ones so far this year and am already searching for a third. I'll do as many of those and I can work into my schedule.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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One a year for me. I'm not yet a fan of the centuries as of yet. Riding solo I'm just bored to death after 5-6 hours in the saddle. However I'm finally getting introduced to the joys of riding with a partner and it totally changes everything. Recently discovered that a neighbor of mine rides so the past couple weeks he and I have been going out after work for a 20-25 mile ride and I'm amazed how quick the hour goes by. He's a chatty fellow and we have a lot of common interests so it adds a new element to the ride. I'm hoping we sync our calendars for a century together this summer. I want to see how much of a difference it makes.

I do love metrics though and have done two organized ones so far this year and am already searching for a third. I'll do as many of those and I can work into my schedule.
I have done five half and one metric century rides so far this year. Our cycling team is scheduled to do six or seven more metric centuries this year in charity rides. I would have done my first of the year in last months MS 150, but they shut down the century route because of the expected severe thunderstorms. Ended up doing two half centuries, back to back.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:00 PM   #5
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I rode my first century last May, at age 54. I rode 100 miles or more five times last year, the last was 198 miles. All but the first had at least 40 miles of unpaved surface on the route. These were the only recreational rides I did last year.

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Old 05-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #6
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I have rode a metric century not an organized one. I road to Sea Ile City and back 62 miles it would have bin 65 miles but I had a tire blow out at 62. I thaught I would ride 100 miles by now, but now I don't think it will happen, as my rideing has slowed down in the last year. The longest ride this year, 40 miles at the Tour de Tuckahoe.

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Old 05-21-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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I have 3 full Centuries scheduled this year so far (first one done already) ...however I always reserve the right to step down to a lower milage based on any excuse that seems to fit that day!

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I am finding each centruy I ride becomes a little more boring. The sense of accomplishment is waning. Completed 2 full centuries so far this year, want to do one on each bike (5). After this year I think I'll just stick with the metric, 10 so far in 2012.

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Old 10-21-2012, 04:06 AM   #9
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I haven't been doing the century rides this year. We have had so much work and I work until midnight the night before the rides, then have to get up, get loaded and drive to the ride. It makes for a very long day. Our century rides are also full of brutal hills and I haven't had time to train for them. I did a century in Ohio in 2009 and it was amazing the diffence no hills make. I did a couple 65 mile rides on these hills this year and I did the entire Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany.

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Did a metric century this year when we got lost - was planning on a 50 miler - looking forward to a 100 miler next summer or spring - maybe a metric century on the trainer over the winter - that sounds like a possible challenge in progress



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