My First Century

In another 60 years, I can re-use that title. Heh.

Seriously though, a few weeks ago, I did my first Century bike ride. For those who don’t know, its 100 miles on a bike in one day. Yeap. That’s a long ride. On September 9, 2012 I rode 100.67 miles powered by my legs, gourmet sugar cubes, a banana and a few carbo-bars.

Andrew after his first century ride.

Minutes after 100.67 miles.

I wish I could embed it, but here is the ride.

A few other fun facts before I go into the story.

  • I meant to do 85 miles. First time ever I did more than planned.
  • Me, my bike and gear weighed 300 pounds when I left
  • It was mild out. I only drank 4-5 liters of water
  • Road kill: 2 field mice, a large turtle, and some fury non-squirrel thing
  • Average moving speed 12.3 mph
  • 5500 Calories burned
  • 8.25hrs moving, 10.5-11hours out

Completing this marks a fitness goal I have had for 3 or 4 years now. Every year has been met by a set back. I moved twice. I had a back injury early on last year, and got a late start. I did my first Metric(100k), but then decided to get new brakes and lost all momentum waiting until the jackasses got me my bike back. (keep readin’…)

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Back in the Saddle

5.5 miles or so in 35ish minutes.

I plan to cut myself later for the hair rock title reference.

I got on the bike today – first time this year. I didn’t ride much last year to my shame. The stress of my job, moving a couple times and general despair kept me away. As a result, I’ve become a lazy, out of shape bastard. But, “Oh,” you say. “Don’t be so hard on yourself, ” you say.

I’d like to take such warm advice and wishes from you, but its largely true. I rode 5.5 miles today, and it took some work. Though, as usual, it feels more a problem of getting my lungs caught up with my muscles. I went from our apartment to a Franklin Park, and around it. Franklin park is the largest in the Boston area. Its kind of shabby, and I really don’t think the fucking golf course should count towards the acreage. Its also pretty shabby and beat up. Any paths are in sore, sore shape. I went from street, to path and such trying to find my way around it. Not a bad ride in all, but the first time on a new route can be tougher. I did appreciate being able to legitimately stop when I was figuring it out.

Despite the burning lungs, it was a lot of fun, and there was almost no one on my route. I always forget how much I like it until I do it. And, better to do a simple fitness test as such, and know where I am rather than talk about my glory days as I get deeper into the non-fitness downward spiral. A chum and I talked about doing a century this year, but I am not hopeful. We’ll see once I get in shape, but there are also some logistical concerns. I lost a chunk of time off with the move, and have a couple obligation vacations this year.

The general goal right now is to see if I can get myself riding to and from work. Quite a different challenge than DC, as it appears to be a bit less than double the distance. If I can do it, it’ll mean 18-20 miles a day. That’d be damn sweet, and I’d be looking damn good by the end of the summer. And probably feeling good, which I typically do after just about any post-ride shower.

As a side note, I can hardly wait to get the the freaking doctor who rescheduled my appointment later so I can get to another doctor so I can get allergy shots. I have cause to worry, though I can’t show you, as it seems I’ve disabled the image-adding-gui in my blog. So, I’ll tell you. Pollen counts are rated on a scale of 0-12, with 9.7+ being the OMG range. Depending on the pollen, I can start having issues at half that. Often, if its in that OMG range for a few days, medications will only take the edge off. So Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed 9.9 | 9.3 | 10.9 | 11.6

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Packing and Moving to Boston

Dana and I were packed up and ready to go by August 8. Mostly, because Dana is awesome and did most of the packing. I was generally sketched about jobs and what not, and wasn’t much use.

Our plan was to pack on the 8th, drive up on the 9th, and unpack on the 10th. We got a 17 foot U-haul with a car trailer – making us very semi-ish. Friday night, we pretty much slept on the floor. It wasn’t so bad – the internet was one of the last things to be disconnected!

Much to our happiness, a number of people were set to help us load about 10 in the morning on Saturday. We got up, got straight, and got the truck, by 9ish. Egress was blocked in the living by boxes, so I started a pre-move and started hauling boxes out the curb.

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