Bike a Century with Me!

4/18/2014  I assume most of the people originally signed up for this even have completely forgotten about it by now, which is why I’m going to ask you to text me at [masked] with your name and confirmation that you still intend to attend this event.  If even 4 people confirm with me, I’ll be impressed and excited.  The weather looks like it will be great.  However, I had no idea at the time I rescheduled it that it would fall on Easter.  That doesn’t mean much to me but for those of you with families, you might have other obligations.  I can’t wait to hear who is still willing to join me!

[masked] Final Update (I hope):  First of all I don’t think the weather will be nice to us next week but, more importantly, I will be out of state.  I’m sorry for having to keep changing the date, and I’m starting to think that no-one even remembers this event or cares about it any more anyway, and I’ll probably end up riding it alone because no one will believe that it’s actually happening.  But if I’m not injured and the weather’s not bad, it will be on this day for sure!

 

[masked]: I'm sorry.  First, it will be pretty cold even if it's dry.  Second, I'm still hurt.  And third, I'm pretty sure that even with 15 signed up, most won't be there.  I'll re-announce in the spring.

Unfortunately, I've had to push back our Century for two reasons; first, I'm injured but, more importantly for you, it's supposed to rain all weekend, and this would not be a fun event in the rain.  Then I have my marathon, then it's the day after THE Halloween party (and there's no way in hell I'm waking up early after that).  With MI weather, this date could be beautiful or cold; there's no way to know until we're there.  So I hope you stick with me and that this all works out.  And now we all have a little more time to train.

 

In the grand tradition of bringing you first-time physical MI Meetup events, I present to you, the Century!  The official definition of a century in this context is to bike 100 miles in fewer than 12 hours.  Before I knew about the liberal time limit, I thought it would be very difficult, and didn’t think my butt and back and arms would survive.  But using the following estimated schedule, I believe that just about anyone in decent shape who can ride a bike for 30 miles can extend that to 100 and accomplish an impressive physical feat.  Even if you don’t think you can ride a full 100, you are still welcome to join us for part of the ride.  And, who knows, you might surprise yourself.

We will set up our “home camp” near a picnic beach area with grills (I’ll scout it out in person well in advance).  I will bring charcoal for grilling if others would like to bring the lighter fluid and some meat for celebrating our great accomplishment.

9—12PM We’ll start the day at a gentle pace of between 12 and 15mph for 5 laps of the 8 mile loop.  Of course, exactly how fast we ride will depend on many factors, least of which will be the total number of participants and their endurance (and bathroom breaks), but this will be the general idea.

12—2PM With 40 miles behind us, we can enjoy a nice energy packed lunch, stretch, play in the water (weather permitting, I’ll bring my SUP), and get ready for the next leg of our journey.

2—4:30PM We will ride another 4 loops to knock off another 32 miles at roughly the same speed.  At this point some people might want to ride significantly slower or faster than others and that’s fine.  No one should feel pressure to ride slower or faster than they would like.

4:30—5PM  Our final break, which will be significantly shorter or longer depending on your speed.

5PM The last 28 miles may be the hardest because of how sore you are, or the easiest, because regardless of discomfort, you know you’ve almost done it.  After 3 loops, you can either do a full final loop if you’re still full of energy to ride 104 miles, or you can simply ride 2 miles up and turn around for your final half lap to hit exactly 100 miles.

If you lose track of your miles, I will be tracking of our progress with my odometer, so you can always check with me, but you really never have to count to more than 5 if you keep to my schedule.  We will celebrate with a BBQ feast after we reach our goal, so be sure to bring some food to share if you want to be a part of it.

(Side note: I posted this event on MDA and AAAC and it would be great to get at least 10 committed people from each group.  Even though MDA is full of athletic people, there are many more people in AAAC and I think more will sign up for that group.  But even if everyone thinks this is crazy and ignores this event, I’m still going to do it, even if I have to do it by myself!)

 

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  • Jim S

    I'm taking a short break by my green card at the entrance across from the farm center

    April 20, 2014

  • bari

    I should be there around 10:45. shooting for 3-4 laps. hope to bump into everyone.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Jim S

    Sorry only two people responded and I had kind of late night and still going but I won't be there till 10. My new goal in the metric century and I'll park at the very first parking area when I enter from 151 off the expressway

    April 20, 2014

  • ed

    i'm a go, jim! got some sleep and did my family easter thing early. texting you if it's still a go. don't think i have the legs for it but i'll give it a whirl for kicks and giggles :=)

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Link K.

    If anybody going has space on their bike rack for an extra bike and space in their car for an extra person, please give me a call in the morning![masked]

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, spending Easter with the family...

    April 19, 2014

  • Julie E.

    Sorry, I have to work midnights. Have fun, the weather looks nice!

    April 19, 2014

  • bari

    I'll come meet you for a few laps..

    April 19, 2014

  • Jean

    I would love to do a 12-7 ride/lunch in the future at kensington

    April 18, 2014

  • ed

    Just recently got my bike online. Its not a roadie though. I can prolly do 20 at least then maybe 40 upper limit. I'm forecasting delirium and manic to kick in or a spectacular shutdown for everyone's enetertainment. Hope I get my fam eastery stuff done by saturday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Troy

    Sorry, in canada now :(

    April 18, 2014

  • Jean

    Im not up for biking that many miles, would love to join about 1, but u didn't list where ull be.....

    April 16, 2014

  • Shari

    This will give me a little extra training time.

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    April 20th is EASTER SUNDAY. I'm facilitating an Easter Service in West Branch on this day. Although I can't make it on Easter Sunday... I still want to ride on other days.

    March 28, 2014

  • Jim S

    wow, after all this time, this really could happen, weather permitting, of course.

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Litwin

    FYI: If this events date changes again I'll probably be able to go. Have fun everyone if it doesn't!

    January 5, 2014

  • Kyle

    It's a bit too cold for me now.

    October 25, 2013

  • Matt

    If anyone still wants to ride 100 miles on October 6 this is supposed to be a great ride. I may go depending on weather
    http://www.lmb.org/crr/bwr2013.html

    October 3, 2013

  • bari

    not sure if i'll go the whole distance but love the idea!

    September 30, 2013

  • lisa m.

    Maybe

    August 3, 2013

  • lisa m.

    I wanted to do this last year and couldn't... Ill commit when it gets closer!

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we doing any practice rides to learn what speed we currently ride... and to learn what it takes to ride at 15 mph?

    April 30, 2013

  • Troy

    One thought that someone mentioned.. Speed limit on the trail there. I know that (at least to start) I am pretty quick, will this be an issue there? Might it make sense to do part of the ride on a regular road (50 miles road, 50 miles park?)

    April 29, 2013

    • Matt

      I like riding there during odd hours but on a Sat or Sun the path can get a bit crowded with strollers, toddlers, old couples walking 2 across, etc. If you're going to maintain a faster pace then the roads right next to the paths are a good option. The cars are going fairly slow and are fairly alert since they're in a park.

      April 30, 2013

  • Julie E.

    What about including the state park for a little variety?

    April 28, 2013

    • Jason W.

      I ride both parks and think its a good idea to change it up when riding 100!

      April 29, 2013

  • Jason W.

    is the plan to ride on the general bike/walking path or road around the park?

    April 27, 2013

    • Jim S

      depending on how busy it is, either or

      April 28, 2013

  • Matt

    Sounds like a fun challenge. Be sure to eat and drink enough throughout the day and you'll finish strong. Too little and you'll get muscle cramps or get dizzy/weak.

    April 25, 2013

    • Jim S

      naw, food and drink is for the weak

      April 26, 2013

  • Troy

    May even be enough people to have a faster ans slower group.

    April 24, 2013

    • Troy

      Basically, when I get started, probably won't stop.. :)

      April 24, 2013

    • Jim S

      you da man troy

      April 26, 2013

  • Rick

    Have a great time but remember that on the path you'll encounter kids, strollers, dogs, etc - you may want to consider the roads around the park if you want to approach 15 mph

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Amber

    I'm sure you'll figure this out after a few laps, but the Kensignton paved path is 8.5 miles. ;)

    April 24, 2013

  • Abhay

    I'd love to get back into doing century rides.

    April 24, 2013

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