NYC Century Bike Tour - 100 Mile - CycleCentury

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New York City, New York
United States
Transportation Alternatives
80F / 27C
Total Time = 8h 53m
Overall Rank = n/a/
Age Group = n/a
Age Group Rank = 0/n/a
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4AM -yep 4AM people and had a bagel (gluten free) with coffee, start sipping on some Heed and got dressed, packed and ready to rock and roll. Rode to Union Square and subwayed in from there -knew it would be a long riding day so didn;t want to waste the leg juice
Event warmup:

None- got on and rode!
  • 8h 53m
  • 100 miles
  • 11.26 mile/hr

Good learning experience. This was the first time I rode with experienced riders so I really paid attention -gear changes, how they took the hills, pedals ect.. oh and "clear" in the intersections -I know some of you are laughing right now but I repeat I am a NOVICE rider so this was really a great experience for me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think I will push harder next time now that I have one under my belt, but since this was my first I was VERY conservative with my speed and heart rate. I finished worn but not exhausted -so I defintely had more left in the tank.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around the after tents -picked up my shirt (which I was hoping would say something like "I rode 100!" but no just a generic shirt -meh oh well!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of knowledge and fear of not finishing -which was fine for my first one

Event comments:

So for all the complaints from experienced riders of this race not being a real race they all were sure out there to ride it anyway. I really just wanted to finish and have a good time and I definitely accomplished that today! I was suprised at the men to women ratio (which I notced at the restroom lines on the breaks where 50 men were lined up to every 3-5 women). Interesting huh! TA really knows how to run a race event, the streets were well marked for the most part (although I did follow some folks 2x to wrong turns), marshalls out in full foce, the break areas were like buffets -unfortunately alot of wheat products -so I was glad I brought my own sandwiches. The finish was a little disappointing, but I'm used to tri finish events which seem to be much more active, but I was ready to go home by that time anyway. Got a great massage and dinner out with the hubby before knocking out at 9PM. Overall Terrific first CENTURY! and yes...I will be doing more cycling events in the future, I really had a good time :)

Last updated: 2008-07-28 12:00 AM
08:53:00 | 100 miles | 11.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/n/a
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Kept HR hovering at 145 for most of the race -thanks GEEZ!
Wind: Some
Course: Varied -lots of flats, some pretty good hilss around Queens, more trail roads than expected and tons of water front views (gorgeous!)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4