Week of Centuries: a personal challenge

A week of centuries: TT cockpit

A week of centuries: TT cockpit

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I'd been scratching my head for a decent challenge this year, thinking about one-day distances and climbing targets. Since I have an eye on my Eddington Number, I finally decided to go for a multi-day endurance challenge: the week of centuries. A single century ride (100 miles) is well within my capabilities, but I was uncertain of being able to ride seven of them on consecutive days. I opted for my time trial bike, keeping the power at a "sustainable" level (200-220 watts) and minimising food intake.


The weather was generally favourable for the week: mild (10 - 14 degrees C) and dry, but with a steady 20mph westerly wind. I'd decided to aim for seven different 50-mile destinations (returning home each day), from Kings Lynn in the west to Southwold in the south-east, and given the wind conditions I started the week by taking the wind head-on - out to Kings Lynn. From then on through the week I worked my way south and east, although things got a little messy at the weekend due to family commitments and the club run.

Century ride to Kings Lynn #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-02 09:52:00, at Norwich

Gear: Ribble TT bike

Kept it steady into a 20mph headwind towards Kings Lynn, and enjoyed a brisk tailwind coming home! Power measured by #stages

161km in 4:56:00

Average speed32.7 kmh
Max speed53.3 kmh
Average heart rate137 bpm
Average power203 Watts
Calories962
Elevation gain847 metres

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Century ride to somewhere near Downham Market #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-03 10:22:11, at Norwich

Gear: Ribble TT bike

Kept the power down today; headwind out & nice tailwind back. Power measured by #stages

165km in 5:19:12

Average speed31.0 kmh
Max speed50.4 kmh
Average heart rate133 bpm
Average power195 Watts
Calories994
Elevation gain1028 metres

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Century ride to Brandon (almost) #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-04 09:53:32, at Norwich

Gear: Ribble TT bike

Bit cooler today; brisk west wind. Power measured by #stages

162km in 5:06:09

Average speed31.7 kmh
Max speed50.8 kmh
Average heart rate132 bpm
Average power194 Watts
Calories949
Elevation gain936 metres

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Century ride to Ixworth #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-05 09:49:00, at Norwich

Gear: Ribble TT bike

Brisk north-westerly wind, actually felt like a tailwind most of the time. #stages power measurement

165km in 5:08:33

Average speed32.1 kmh
Max speed52.2 kmh
Average heart rate131 bpm
Average power198 Watts
Calories976
Elevation gain891 metres

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Century ride to Eye #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-06 09:46:06, at Norwich

Gear: Ribble TT bike

162km in 5:15:00

Average speed30.9 kmh
Max speed62.3 kmh
Average heart rate128 bpm
Average power190 Watts
Calories955
Elevation gain914 metres

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Century ride to Corton (nr Lowestoft) #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-07 06:35:04, at Norwich

Gear: Ribble TT bike

Felt quite tough in the westerly wind today. Power measured by #stages

161km in 5:11:09

Average speed31.1 kmh
Max speed58.3 kmh
Average heart rate128 bpm
Average power193 Watts
Calories960
Elevation gain736 metres

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Century ride to Loddon (IV club run) #weekofcenturies

Ride on 2017-10-08 05:29:24, at Norwich with 11 others

Gear: Specialized Crux Elite

Power measured by #teamzwatt

163km in 5:24:31

Average speed30.1 kmh
Max speed50.0 kmh
Average heart rate123 bpm
Average power181 Watts
Calories937
Elevation gain951 metres

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A week of centuries: Eye

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