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Hello everyone, I just wanted to share with you all my latest athletic accomplishment, clocked in yesterday at almost 7 hours: My first (Metric!) Century ride! That's 160 km's of pure biking bliss. Here's the link to my training log's description of it, map included: http://tpks.ws/OfSW

My friend called me up on Monday to see if I would ride it with him, and I (somewhat foolishly!) said "oh sure, why not." It was called the Bill Johnson Memorial Ride, and took place in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day. 9 o'clock and about 14 degrees, bright sun and perfectly clear sky. It did heat up closer to noon, and the high was 26. I'm not sure if it ever got that warm though, because we were near the lakes and there was a great breeze. The first 50 miles went quickly, and I was surprised at how good I felt. There were a few stretches where my little crew of about 6 people we were drafting quite well, and averaging in the 35-40 km/hr. Most of the ride was much slower, mind you, as it was extremely hilly -- everyone was saying it was the hilliest century they'd ever done! I don't know my final elevation gain, as the numbers I'm getting (through my new Garmin GPS) are different in different programs.

Between miles 50 and 70 there were some truly leg-breaking hills. When I reached the 70 mile water/food stop, I didn't think I could go any further. It's amazing what some companionship, 5 cookies and a banana, and some brief stretching can do though, and the last 30 miles were actually quite enjoyable. There was a BBQ at the end and I was surprised at how good my legs felt. I was exhausted last night (even more so than after my first marathon), and my neck, back, and quads are pretty stiff.

Anyway, just wanted to share! I hope there's been some good riding for you all out in flat lands.

Mark B.
Jen meant: her first *Imperial* century ride.
Tom & Lori
Congrats Jen ... super-duper!  It's been a year of first for you - well done.

Congratulations Jen - another fitness milestone, completed! You're having a banner year. (Must be the tracking )

Congrats Jen.  Looks like a cool route, and judging from your BPM's (and the elevation markers) it looks like there was never a dull moment.  I've only done a handful of 100 milers (unlike some people I know who seem to consider that a normal training ride, but then I consider those people completely abnormal ) but I've found each one quite rewarding.

It's neat to be able to visualize the route thru your uploaded data.  Thanks for sharing that.
nice job Jen.  It would be fun (er, interesting) to conquer that distance with the kind of hills you are talking about.  And it sounds like it was no problem for you.
You would have been inspired by quite a few of the women out at xc8.  Some very strong ladies were there including a few on cylcocross! bikes that were absolutely flying (past me).  I dont think they were doing it solo but, wow.
Enjoy the rest of your season.
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