2010 Cocoa Beach Century Ride
On Sunday, October 31, my husband and I participated in the 22nd annual Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride. This was a 102.5 mile bike ride which started and ended in historic Cocoa Village in Florida. The ride was hosted by the Space Coast Freewheelers bicycle club.
Above: Participants lined up and ready to start the Cocoa Beach century ride, in front of the Cocoa Civic Center.
Historic Cocoa Village
It was a nice day for a ride. The ride started at 8 AM, in front of the Civic Center in historic Cocoa Village. Approximately 300 cyclists lined up for the start. Riders had the option to do a 14 or 28 mile ride, a 62 mile metric century ride (100 kilometers) or the full 100 mile century ride.
Although the forecast called for mild winds, there was quite a bit of wind out on the route, especially during the last few miles of the ride. The temperature ranged from 70 to 80 degrees, but because of the wind, and being in quite a bit of shade for the majority of the ride, the temperature was not too hot, and even a bit cool at times.
A total of 9 riders were on our team from the Palm Beach chapter of Team in Training. We all completed the 100 mile, actually 102.5 mile, full century ride. Our team consisted of 2 coaches, 1 mentor and 6 team members.
Above: the Cocoa Beach century ride was hosted by the Spacecoast Freewheelers.
Above: Left to right; Team in Training staff member Nicole Mercado Switzer, cycle coach Rob Smythe, team member Lynn Smythe (AKA the Bike Diva), cycle coach Bryan Merritt. Getting ready to cheer on the participants the night before the bike ride at the Team in Training pasta party.
Ride with Team in Training
The 2010 Cocoa Beach ride was the fifth century ride that my husband and I have done through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. TNT trains participants for a century bike ride, marathon or triathlon and in return, participants raise money for the society.
Above: Team photo, Palm Beach Team in Training 2010 Cocoa Beach cycle team. Top row left to right; Robert Smythe, Carlos Alvarenga, Alex Melkonian, Marc Julien, Bryan Merritt. Second row standing: Nicole Mercardo Switzer. Bottom row sitting left to right; Christine Maly, Micki Fetterman, Lynn Smythe (AKA the Bike Diva), Tami Young.
Here are the rides we've done through Team in Training:
- 2006 - 18th annual Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride - Cocoa, Florida. My husband and I were both members of the cycle team.
- 2007 - 25th annual El Tour de Tucson - Tucson, Arizona. My husband and I were co-mentors of the cycle team.
- 2008 - 20th annual Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride - Cocoa, Florida. My husband coached, and I mentored the cycle team.
- 2009 - America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride - Tahoe, Nevada. I was a team member, and my husband co-coached the cycle team.
- 2010 - 22nd annual Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride - Cocoa, Florida. My husband co-coached the cycle team, and I was a team member.
Century Ride Statistics
My saddle time was 6 hours and 5 minutes. My total time, including rest stops was 7 hours 42 minutes. So my in the saddle time average MPH was 16.9, but when you figure in the rest breaks the computer calculated a speed of only 13.3 MPH.
Above: The Bike Diva pulling into unofficial Team in Training rest stop, a big thank you to Nicole, for cheering us on; and to Scott, for filling up our water bottles!!!!!!
Why such a difference? This was not a bike race, charity bike rides are social events. Although you can hammer it out if you want to try and set a new land speed record, most cyclists goals on this type of ride are to simply have fun and take the time to stop for lots of photo opportunities. Some year I would like to see how fast I could actually do a century ride, but with my 1/2 Ironman duathlon coming up on November 14 at Miami Man, I knew the Cocoa Beach ride was NOT going to be a hammerfest for me.
Here is a link to all my century ride statistics, as recorded by my Garmin Forerunner 310XT multi sport computer.
Grab a Post Ride Snack
After completing the ride, Team in Training members checked in at the Cocoa Civic Center. This was to let TNT staff members know we had completed the ride and to collect our finishers medals and 100 mile century pins - got to love that bling! The Civic Center also had indoor plumbing - woo-hoo! After I loaded all my gear into our van, I went to the Civic Center to change out of my super stinky bike clothes.
Above: Lynn Smythe, AKA the Bike Diva, during the Cocoa Beach century ride.
The Spacecoast Freewheelers had a room set up with tables, chairs, pizza and ice cold soda. I'm normally not a pizza eater and soda drinker, but after riding 102.5 miles I was a bit tired of eating bananas, oranges, fig newtons, nutritional gels and electrolyte drink solution. So heck yeah, it was pizza and soda time. I burned a ton of calories during the ride, so dang, I definitely needed to top off the tanks and refuel with food!
Read about what hydration, nutrition and personal care products I take along on a typical century ride: Cocoa Beach Century Ride Care Packages.
Read my report of the 2008 20th annual Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride: Back From Cocoa Beach Century Ride.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva