Ok, so I completed the century and felt great! My goal was an average 14mph. I ended up with 13.2, but I don't necessarily agree. There were many miles of slow riding because of congestion, or ridiculous citizens with no clue how to share a trail. I even had a crash. One woman was riding in my lane towards me. I asked her what she was doing and reminded her to stay right. She promptly dashed in front of me into the field. So, her devoted friend decided to do the same thing only with no time for me to stop! Stupid! I was 95 miles into a century and she wants to damage me and my bike? We were both ok, but gosh! The psychology of the ride was difficult. I had done 76 miles locally and felt pretty wiped out and sore. The idea of 100 had me nervous. I was worried about riding hard and not being able to make it through. My goal was to finish. My secondary goal was 14mph average. No one could answer questions about the hills and climbs. No one. So, I decided to adopt an easy pace. As it turns out I would say this century was full of climbing but not really hilly. Thats a bit of a oxymoron. The climbs didn't really wind me and I never felt much of a "burn." Maybe because I was eating and drinking way more than normal, and riding a bit slower. Also, locally I climb steep hills regularly and deal with a lot hotter temps and much more wind. I'm not sure. The course itself was extremely poorly marked and there weren't any caution signs or warnings. Weird. If I can find the funds and time I'm going to try the Portland Century on 8/21. I blogged a bit, but nothing too interesting compared to your level of riding. Any comments/advice you can share will be interesting. Pedal on! 1882 days ago
Hey, Allyson. Glad you could meet my family.. Thanks. The extra hairy on is a Bichon Frise--(like yours)--belongs to David from OKC. Our beautiful little girls were not in the pix--a Yorkie and a Schnauzer.
Your 200 mile bike ride is more than . Your leg muscles must be hard as steel. (But nice!)
Somehow, this morning I was slightly under goal---can you believe after all my plateauing and etc. Of course, we know how weight can fluctuate in spite of all our best efforts, but nice to see it anyway.
So keep checking up on me. I must be accountable... 1900 days ago