Still can't climb
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Originally Posted by zpl
Congrats on your first century. Any pics or a detailed ride report?
Sorry about the glaring ommissions..I forgot that it doesn't count unless accompanied by pics and report.
The century was completely unplanned and with hindsight not the smartest thing to do, but boy am I glad I did it!
Saturday was the first day I felt recovered enough from my cold to go for a ride and I did a very gentle 40 miles. It felt so good I decided to do some hill repeats the following day, but after climbing the 3 nearest hills I normally suffer on, I felt fitter than I had done for ages (probably the result of my near miss century attempt of 91 miles) and thought "what the hell let's see how far I can go". Because I hadn't intended on doing long distance I hadn't prepared food (but I did have a bowl of porridge with honey for breakfast), so I stopped and bought a packet of chocolate coated raisins and a sports drink and off I went.
The day turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far at 28c so at 50 miles I stopped to eat 2 sandwiches and a big bag of salty crisps followed by a 20 min snooze under a tree.
Places of interest I passed were Hatfield House (home of Elizabeth I) and George Bernard Shaw's cottage. 5 roadkills spotted (2 rabbits, 1 fox, 1 bird, 1 hedgehog), 1 near miss (swerved to avoid live baby hedgehog crossing the road). Important lesson learned...always find a tree no matter how early in the morning and how deserted the road appears ... the only female cyclist I saw in a 50 mile radius and she had to pass me at my most humiliating moment (she didn't stop laughing all the way up the hill).
End result: 102.7 miles in 7 hours 30 mins, about 4,000 feet of climbing, no major aches and pains the day after or during the ride, finished feeling fresher than on previous shorter rides, ugly ugly tan lines, and a promise never to do it again. I know I will break that promise.
Pics to follow.