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9/28/15 10:05 A

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It is so great to see everyone list their various mileages of their personal bests, and be inspired to do even more. That's the way it was for me this year. Going into the year I hadn't even ridden a half century so I have achieved more in this year of riding than I thought possible. First a metric century in June and then my first century in September. I now know that I can do it if I plan ahead and train and hydrate/eat properly. Haven't decided the goal for next year yet but I know it will involve some more long-distance riding!

Yesterday I helped with the huge ride (about 5,200 riders) that our bike club puts on annually--the Apple Cider Century. We have rides ranging all the way from 15 miles to 100 miles. I worked at a sag stop where the 15/25/37 milers were coming in. We got a lot of the more casual riders and families, but it was pretty cool to see how proud some of them were of their accomplishments. Oh yes, and we had beautiful weather! My only regret is that I am not able to ride this ride since club members are needed to volunteer.

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9/26/15 4:32 P

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BIGMAMAT - great goal. My friend and I did GAP/C&O totally self contained last year. We had a great time in spite of 3 days of rain, one of which found us in the midst of a tornado warning. GAP surface lots nicer than C&O.

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9/26/15 12:55 P

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My longest ride was 42 miles. Loved it! I really want to do a century ride. That's definitely on my bucket list. kicking around the idea of riding the gap(great Allegheny passage). Maybe next spring.

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9/24/15 3:23 P

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Caroknits, you are so right!!!! Even though, my bike has a step-through frame, it has astonished me that it is so hard to get on and off the bike! When they first fitted me for the bike, I fell, just trying to get on it! LOL!! Fortunately, no more spills since then and, Lord willing, there won't be any more spills anytime soon!!

Thanks so much for the encouragement, ladies!! It's rather daunting to get back on a bike after 30 years!!

Carolyn in SC

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9/24/15 1:06 P

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Longest ride was 67 miles. 2 years ago and it took me a really long time with lots of stops. The ride was next to the ocean south of Santa Barbara so it was very pretty distraction to the pain I was experiencing. Before that ride, I'd only gone 30 miles so I didn't prepare or build up my seat "muscles" to get used to being in the saddle that long of a time.

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9/23/15 7:51 A

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A new bike can be such an inspiration! And sometimes, just getting ON the bike is the biggest hurdle to cross in going out for a ride. Enjoy!

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9/22/15 11:25 P

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Yay! How exciting for you Carolyn! Keep building up a little at a time. It will just get better and better!

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9/22/15 11:04 P

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Well, my new bike arrived today and I took my first ride in about 30 years. It was about 6 blocks long!! Took me over 15 minutes to get my breath back again!

Carolyn in SC

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9/14/15 2:11 P

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Carol-you would probably do fine with the C group. As long as that is a no-drop ride you should be able to handle it. I rode with a big group from a LBS a couple weeks ago for the first time. It was a group that was supposed to average 15-16 mph (I am generally about 14-15) so it was a stretch for me and hot that day, but I made it.

If you don't feel comfortable doing it yet this fall, maybe just check out when they start in the spring and make it a goal to be able to ride with them this coming spring. You can ride indoors in the winter and then be ready to go in the spring! Maybe that's a possibility for you!

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9/14/15 2:07 P

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TennisFan--Glad you are enjoying your rides! Consistency is extremely important no matter how long your rides are. Pushing yourself to do better a little at a time can be really satisfying!

Deb

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9/14/15 1:53 P

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There is a bike club sort of thing, or at least group rides, from my LYS ... which is about a half-hour from me. I'm getting closer to tagging along for a ride with the C group, but am sure I won't know anyone and will probably put it off so long this year that riding season will be over and it'll be next year before I take the plunge. Their rides are 15-30 miles, and I have no idea of the route. I've been averaging 14 miles or so on my 15-20 mile rides, so I think I shouldn't completely disgrace myself. I'm just wimpy about going.

Very wimpy. :)

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9/14/15 1:47 P

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I think that my longest was 32 miles. I do have a hybrid though, not a road bike.
For me it is not as much about distance as it is consistency. I do challenge myself though and try to see if I can do the same route faster than I have done it before rather than increasing distance.
I average 15-20 miles with each ride, some a little shorter, some a littler longer depending on how much time I have. Happy pedaling everyone!

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9/14/15 1:39 P

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Carol--I agree with you about the headwinds, really decreases the desire to ride many miles. Either one of those purchases would be good, but I would personally go with the new helmet, since a good helmet can save you from serious injury.

I live in Michigan so I feel your pain about not being able to ride a road bike in the winter. Even though it's not all that exciting, having a trainer will at least keep you at a bit better level of fitness so you don't have to start from square one in the spring.

Have you checked into seeing if there are any bike clubs in your area? I am very lucky that I found my bike club, which is very welcoming and largely non-competitive. I'm more interested in distance than speed, although I have gotten a bit faster than I used to be.

Deb

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9/14/15 1:24 P

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My longest ride is a measly 25 miles. I hope to get in a longer ride or three this year yet -- but not with 20 mph headwinds for a quarter of it! (ie, not this week.) My biggest hurdle is just spending more time on the bike, and not having longer routes planned. Being a solo rider doesn't help either, I'm sure.

I'd love to ride a century. I've got the road bike, and I can drink water ... no clips and not much knowledge of in-ride nutrition, but while I'm under 40 miles those are probably not too vital.

And I have a bike trainer ordered, so I can ride during those nasty windy days AND during our lovely Minnesota winters, when road bikes aren't exactly a good idea. My next purchase will either be a new helmet (mine is 13+ years old) or a cycling jacket.

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9/14/15 1:18 P

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I can finally say, as of yesterday, that my longest ride is a century (100 mile) ride! (Well it was actually more like 104, but at that point who's counting?) It took us about 7 1/2 hours of actual riding time at an average pace of 14 mph, along with 5 sag stops. There was one section of about 20 miles that was extremely hilly and of course there had to be a head wind much of the way. This ride had awesome sag stops, with an amazing variety of food and an after-party with DJ, food, and drink! I rode with my boyfriend, a gal friend from my bike club, and another guy who just hooked up with us and rode. It is MUCH better to have someone to ride with so you can encourage each other. I am happy to say that for our group this ride had no incidents of flats or other mechanical breakdowns, falls, or health issues. Cool weather made it a lot better, although pretty cold to start out at 8 a.m. in the morning.

So how did I get to where I accomplished a century? Lots of riding for one thing. Two years or even one year ago, I don't think I could've done this. But I trained diligently and gradually built up starting with goals of shorter distances. The big milestone before this was my metric century (62 miles) in June. Even after that, I wasn't convinced I could do a century this year. But once I committed to it, I was all in!

Other things I learned included, that for a distance like this, you should really have a road bike, use clipless pedals, know how to shift, and be very careful to hydrate and eat properly before and during the ride especially. This is the second full season I've had my road bike and the first year that I've been clued in to those other things I mentioned.

So what is your longest ride? It doesn't matter how long so much as that it is an achievement for you over what you've been able to do previously!

Deb

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