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Richmond, Virginia
United States
88F / 31C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 40m
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Pre-race routine:

Up at 5 AM to shower. A shower before a century ride? Yes...I needed to be clean and grime free to start. Ate some breakfast and loaded my bike and gear in the car. My husband drove me up to Rocketts Landing cause I knew I'd be shot to drive home later.
Event warmup:

How does one warm up to ride 100 miles? I had changed a tire out the other day and double checked the tire and gearing on a quick spin in the neighborhood last night. Not much else I could do. A few trips to the portapotties...found Susan, Melanie and Christian. Saw a couple of the docs I used to work with....
Bike
  • 6h 40m
  • 100 miles
  • 15.00 mile/hr
Comments:

This is my first Century. Susan wouldn't let me rest more than 5 minutes at any rest stop. I took time to stretch well--especially on the back half coming home.

What I ate...rest stop 1 banana witgh2 cups water
rest stop 2 the gu I opened right before the stop
rest stop 3 half a bagel, a choclate chip cookie--refilled bottle 1 that had started out with G2 now filled with water
rest stop 4 gu, 2 servings of trail; mix, 2 bottles water
rest stop 5 chocolate chip cookie and mixed nuts
before rest stop 6 another gu, finished second bottle of G2
final rest stop clif bar, filled a bottle with powerade

HRM said I burned 3798 cal or something crazy like that....

Finish lemonade, half a vegetarian sub, baked beans and pulled BBQ meat, little piece of brownie

It was so cool starting off seeing so many bikes together in one place. The line must have gone on forever. First couple roads were blocked off for us since it was a huge pack. Once we got out on the road it thinned out quickly. The scent of honeysuckle is all I remember the first few miles, never saw the bushes but sure could smell them!
Christian and Susan kept a hard pace the first half. They were always waiting for me at rest stops. I hung back with Melanie a lot then pulled ahead of her around 45 miles. Wind picked up there...ugh.
I was so glad to hit Jamestown! Real bathooms and everything! (I hate portapotties). All I wanted was ice on my butt, I was hurting. Okay...refuel, pee...gotta ride back now. I'm thinking I'll take it mile by mile. The first 10 miles back out were HORRIBLE. I was feeling awful and the wind was nasty. We finally got around 70 miles and I had caught up to Christian and Susan--that was some hard work on my part! Hit a store cause Susan wanted fresh gatorade and I started more stretching. A few miles later we got to the rest stop and more stretching.
I remember calling my husband at the last rest stop to let him know I had 12 miles or so left. Felt AWFUL, didn't think I would make it. Forced myself to eat that clif bar cause I knew I needed something but it was like glue. We headed back out and within a few miles I found some legs and took off. For the first time all day I rode in front of Susan and Christian.
Played a little cat and mouse with a kid who would silently ride past me and nod...He laughed when I found my legs and commented that I felt good! Hell, I was at mile 95 and actually felt GOOD!
I watched the odometer on my bike turn to 100 miles and started crying. I realized what I had done....Three years ago I hated riding, it was a necessary part of triathlon...that was it. Here I was 3 years later finishing a century ride and enjoying the pain and process!
The last few miles (course was long) were hard because the firetrucks flew past and I had no where to pull over. Just stayed as far inside the white line as I could and gritted my teeth when the sirens got next to me.
I saw my husband waiting for me as I rode back into the finish area. Almost started crying again. What a sap!

What would you do differently?:

Eat more. Never bonked but the offerings didn't seem to fit me...even though I ate all day. Now I know why rstocks calls IM a 12 hr smorgasboard!
Post race
Warm down:

Stretch, eat, hang with Susan, Christian and Melanie...we fussed about the fire engines that blew past us the last couple miles. Christian is a paramedic/FF and he knew who to complain to about the sirens. (car fire not a house) and that section of road left us NOWHERE to pull over so we stayed as far to the side inside the white line as possible.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

wind
Never did a full century before, I wanted to pace it carefully to finish

Event comments:

Well organized and well supported. Course was clearly marked. Food at the rest stops could have been better


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Last updated: 2009-02-23 12:00 AM
Biking
06:40:00 | 100 miles | 15.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Mostly well shaded winding out of Richmond and down to Jamestown. Few rollers but no monster hills. Overeall well ,marked and maintained. Feed stops about every 13 miles. I started crying when I saw my odometer turn the 100 mile mark (course was 103 miles)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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

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Royal(PITA)
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2009-05-09 7:07 PM
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Expert
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Great job getting it done.  SUre was windy out there!! I tried looking for you but only doing a wimpy 25 I didn't think our paths would cross. 

2009-05-09 8:00 PM
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Hot Damn Lady!!  That's awesome!!  You need to do an IM now.  If I knew that I could ride 100+ miles, then I would feel a lot more confident that I could do an IM. 
WTG!!!!  Laughing
2009-05-09 8:02 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Awesome job Judi!!!


2009-05-09 8:31 PM
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Champion
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Impressive!  Way to go on the first century!
2009-05-09 8:32 PM
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Wahoo Judi! Congrats on achieving a huge milestone in cycling


2009-05-09 9:17 PM
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Master
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Great job.  You should be tired and sore where we don't to know.  Rest well.  Happy Mother day. 
2009-05-10 6:03 AM
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Champion
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Congratulations on your first Century!  Great job.
2009-05-10 6:18 AM
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Pro
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Congrats on your first century!!! You worked hard and it shows!

Time for a little R & R and pampering on Mother's Day!!! You earned it!

2009-05-10 6:48 AM
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Elite
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Awesome job on your first century Judi  
2009-05-10 7:55 AM
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WOOHOO!! I've gotta get in on this next year.

Good job! You can now talk garbage about your century


2009-05-10 9:14 AM
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Master
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Congrats on finishing your first century!

2009-05-10 9:53 AM
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Awesome ride! Way to go!!

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2009-05-10 4:22 PM
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Champion
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Riding long rocks!!!

Glad you had fun and learned a lot. Hope it opens new ideas of possibilities of events to do. Want to do 24 hour bike race? IM or ride across the country? Teasing you a bit...

Isn't it great to find your legs again so late after eating.
2009-05-10 4:40 PM
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Science Nerd
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Great job, Judi!!  Congratulations on finishing your first century!!!

I don't think there's any way to warm up for riding 100 miles...probably just to start riding.
2009-05-10 6:25 PM
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Master
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Fantastic job Judi!!! What a great way to reaffirm why you are such a great role model for your kids on Mother's Day weekend! Your pace was awesome!!!


2009-05-10 7:09 PM
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You are so awesome, Judi!! Way to embrace the bike!
2009-05-10 8:42 PM
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Awesome job!!! Way to stick with it!!!
2009-05-10 10:06 PM
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Champion
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Wow thats awesome Judi!!! Hope the ice is helping with the recovery

Such a HUGE achievement! WTG!

2009-05-11 6:45 AM
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Great job. Impressive.... Nothing can stop you!!
2009-05-11 9:29 AM
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Champion
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Great ride. I am laughing because your butt hurts. LOL. Oh the pain. If you figure out a way to prevent it from happening let me know.

Good job.


2009-05-11 11:23 AM
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Champion
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NICE JOB JUDI! way to get in 100 miles...not many people can do such a thing~ I raced bikes for almost 15 years and I need much cheese with my whine on any and all centuries I have done....Wisconsin doesnt have enough cheese for my whine! haha....

Sounds like you ended strong too~! you go girl~! love the happy tears...great pics too!

2009-05-11 12:46 PM
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Master
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YIPPEE! Great ride

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