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!)