Weapons grade stupidity
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Univega Sportour & Cadillac RLE 1.8
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For the most part traffic was a non-issue. The opening five miles along Central was medium heavy, but not too bad, and the short stretch by the Barnes & Noble was also heavy (weekend mall traffic), but about 25 miles was on a multi-use path (which seemed a bit light, but I got out late), the back stretch along Paseo De Volcan is pretty much deserted as there's nothing really out there, and the southern part along Rio Bravo is either too far west for many cars to be out there, or (in the parts where there is traffic) with a shoulder that's about as wide as a regular traffic lane, so it's nice and comfortable.
As for the ride itself, it started out as a test-run of the course that they're using in a 50 mile charity ride I'm doing this weekend, that I decided to stretch into a metric century. What was interesting to me was how fast my body started breaking down at the end. Up to mile 45, it was pretty much like any other ride, but by mile 50, I really started getting tired. I stopped at mile 53 for an apple and some of my gatorade, and it was amazing how quickly I went from feeling fine to feeling sore and tired all over. Getting from there to mile 60 was about as draining as getting there from my starting location. Fortunately, the last couple of miles were better as I could feel the end a-coming.
And while I expected to be all kinds of achy in the morning, I was surprised at how good I felt. Now I guess it's time to start working towards a full century (maybe some day I'll get cheeky and do a round trip to Santa Fe).