the 100.1 mile ride

lululemon tattoos
Todd, Rachelle and Lauren about to ride 100 miles.

When I started working at lululemon in August 2008, I decided to challenge myself by setting the goal to cycle a century ride (100 miles) in 2009. Thankfully, my fellow Carlsbad Forum store key leader Rachelle Morton was interested in training with me. A two-time Ironwoman, Rachelle had never ridden a century ride outside of an IM race, and set a goal to compete in a race a month in 2009.

So, we committed and signed up for the Lighthouse Century Ride flat 100 on September 26, 2009 in San Luis Obispo County, California. We knew the views from the Lighthouse Century Ride would be gorgeous.

view of san simeon

View of San Simeon from the saddle

First thing first - I sold my hybrid bike and purchased a road bike that could withstand thousands of miles of training on flat roads and rolling and steep hills alike, and of course, make me fast!

lauren hugging her bike

I knew the second I got in the saddle cycling would become my passion. This bike has gotten me through a successful triathalon and a century ride this year - not to mention thousands of miles of training.

Rachelle became the "big sister I never had" and walked me through all things advanced cycling, from equipment, training, and cross-training, to recovery, hydration, and nutrition - you name it, she taught me! I became someone to help keep her honest in training, push her up the long climbs, and the one to introduce her to the best recovery drink - coconut water.

Her husband Todd, to whom I also owe much thanks, became my mechanic, another advanced rider to provide me equipment and cycling 201, chauffeur, and wine-tasting buddy as a reward after the race.

And now, for the ride:

There were four rides going off at the same time, and we accidently hopped on the metric century (62 mile) route. Very thankfully - due to my trusty math and route slip comparing skills - we realized we were only 10 miles behind, and our intended route met up with the metric route at the first rest stop. It was here we discovered our favorite riding fuel is Nutella and chunky peanut butter on anything! We loaded up, as we knew we had to add on 5 miles past the rest stop, to bring us back up to 100 miles.

break time

We were SO thankful for coffee at the mile 55 turnaround rest stop. We'd been facing headwinds for 20 miles that stalled us to 7mph at one point, and I'm convinced our core body temperature must have dropped a degree or two. Lesson learned - buy arm and leg sleeves!

Elephant seals at mile 59.

Elephant seals at mile 59.

At mile 82, Rachelle was dropping me on the hills (I usually can take most guys on a climb) so she feared I was on my way to "bonking." It was then she yelled, "Take your Espresso Love GU NOW!"

I abided, and after the final rest stop for our final 10 miles, we were passing nearly every rider in our foreground.


My Garmin proves to the world we rode 100.1 miles in 6 hours 16 minutes. While we weren't doing the century for time, we rode our fastest pace for a long ride yet.

We did it!

For more pictures from our ride, check out my Flickr photo set.

goal achieved

The following day, Rachelle and I wore our 2008 lululemon holiday goal shirts to work. It was awesome to share with guests our achievement and inspire them to set goals that "tickle their tummy," as our store manager Laura Murphy puts it.

Rachelle, Todd and I had such an awesome experience, we're all doing the Solvang Prelude on November 7th.

Now it's time to create a 2010 health goal; thinking about running a marathon or racing a 70.3 (half Ironman).

What are your health goals?

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Congrats Lauren – I know you trained hard!!!

Comment by Abbie — October 30, 2009 @ 11:38 am

This is awesome!

I am a runner and am training for a half-marathon (my first!). I only bike for cross-training purposes, and even then I will only do a mere 20 miles.

100 miles is very impressive!
Congratulations on your century ride!

Comment by Jaimie — October 30, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

Awesome! So glad to hear more biking represented by Lulu! Great job on reaching your goal!

Comment by Kate — October 30, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

Congratulations Lauren and Rachelle for achieving a great goal! This was a very inspiring post and I loved the photos – nice elephant seals!

You should do a follow up on the Nov. 7th ride. :)

Comment by Facebook User — October 30, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

You guys are my inspiration! Whenever I feel tired or not up to hitting a class I think of you guys and 100 miles. suddenly pilates doesn’t seem so bad! xxoo

Comment by Kirsten — October 31, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

Triathlon has one “a” in it-
congrats on your 100 miler. May you have many more…

Comment by cherie — October 31, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

That is so awesome!!! A century–wow! What a goal and a commitment! I too, have set lofty goals…I will be riding in AIDS/Lifecycle in June of 2010. That is a ride starting in San Francisco and finishing in Los Angeles. The training has started already! Thanks, Lauren and Rachelle for the inspiration to keep going!

Comment by Lisa — November 1, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

Great job! I had a few friends do the Lighthouse Century and they had a blast.
I am doing the Solvang Prelude this weekend too, but we are making it more of a wine tasting trip on bikes! Stopping at various wineries along the route and also camping up there for the weekend.
Have fun this weekend!

Comment by Kristen — November 4, 2009 @ 10:11 am

Thanks for all the nice thoughts, guys! Kristen – Rachelle, Todd and I are going to be wine tasting, too. We signed up for Solvang under the guise of riding the metric century! See you in the tasting rooms – or on the road!

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — November 5, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

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