Started off from Penn Station at 4 AM. Unfortunately as soon as I was on the road my right knee started hurting a little bit above and below the kneecap. I haven't had knee pain since I started riding so that was an unwelcomed beginning. I had a pretty good pace going, around 17-19 mph or so.
Stopped at the first rest stop to pee and grab a few cookies, then back on the road. Cparekh and BrooklynRider were going to kick off from Babylon at around 7 - it was 5:50 when I left the rest stop. So now I started hammering trying to get to Babylon. Almost made it - got there two minutes after they left (7:18ish). Stretched for a minute and back on the road, now hammering at 80% to try to meet them at the next rest stop since the thought of riding with a 15 mph group sounded great for the whole ride out.
By now my knee was really hurting and in my mind I was just hoping I could make it to 100 though I had my doubts. Got there and met them and Jerry. BrooklynRider had some Advil which totally saved me, after about 20 mins it felt tons better. We left soon after so at this point between the three rest stops I stopped for under 20 mins for 65 miles - for me that's very minimal. I started feeling it a little when we had a 18 mph pace going - 14.9 my ass! Surprisingly I was able to hang, at a quick stop BrooklynRider showed me some stretches that also helped.
Another weird pain crept up around this point - on my left side about even with my bellybutton if I pushed it in. Not sure what it is, doesn't feel like a strained muscle but something hurts there and I never experienced it before. Still there today. Dr. appointment tomorrow.
We picked up other riders along the way (Tracy, Chad and a few other Teams in Training) and had a nice friendly group. I hung with BR for most of it, showed me how to ride in a pace line and a few other tips and tricks that really helped. After the West Hampton rest stop the group started hammering down Dune Rd, after 90 miles I couldn't keep up the pace and dropped back with BrooklynRider. Great conversations along the way, beautiful scenery. I hit my century mark (second one ever) going up the bridge at the end of Dune Rd - for some reason it looked smaller than last year, time was about 6:55 which was 25 mins faster than last year (can thank riding with the group for that!).
We caught up to cparekh and Jerry at the second to last rest stop and struck a mostly easy pace for the last 30 miles. Along that straight stretch along 27 Jerry went to pull off the side of the road but hit the sand and endo'd - after the initial shock it was pretty funny since he landed so gracefully into a huge pile of sand.
Started the rain for about the last 10 miles but boy did that feel good. At the beginning of the rolling hills I needed an extra rest but then was able to hammer down which got me through the end. I really didn't eat enough on the trip and was really looking forward to some food that wasn't there. I was trying to hold a cup and kept spilling it until Jerry stuck a hot dog bun in my mouth, I must of seemed pretty unsteady!
We had a fun group on the train ride back - ran into Mr. Crassic who hung with us until the rest of the group left at Babylon and then we hung out until Penn Station, grabbed some slices and then was the last to get our bikes off (so no waiting but a brief moment of panic when it seemed that the truck was closing up). Someone (can't remember his name but sat with us at first and then left) left his bag and helmet on the train - we grabbed it and then ran into him as he was leaving so that was the good deed of the day.
Can't thank BrooklynRider, cparekh and Jerry enough for all their help and encouragement along the way. The fact that I was able to sorta keep up (and hopefully not slow them down too much) and almost catch up to them at the 100 mile start were bigger accomplishments for me than the 145 miles. That and they called me a Fred. Thanks guys!!
Final average - 14.6 which for me is the highest average of any ride (since I constantly have to stop in traffic my averages never get above 12 or so).
Calories burned - 9435
Ass on saddle time - 10 hours, 10 mins.
Total time my gps was on from Penn Station to Montauk - 13 hours.
- Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous weather. I even enjoyed the rain for the last bit but may not have if it was that way the whole time. I do well in cooler air so when everyone was putting on jackets I was getting my second (4th? 9th?) wind.
- The cheesecake at Corey Beach was a nice change, one slice gave me lots to use since the other food was pretty meh.
- Strawberries - saved both me and BrooklynRider when we were both starting to bonk near the Water Mill rest stop. So much better than oranges and bananas.
- Were there any markings? They were really hard to see, really small, and many times (earlier on) under parked cars. Seriously there were markings in parking spots - who thought that would be a good place?
- No ****ing food at the end. For a group that's done this as long as they have that was inexcusable especially since we got there with plenty of time before the last train. Most of the people on the train didn't eat or just had one plate - I burned over 9,000 calories yesterday and I was able to munch on some hot dog buns, chips, and salad. Oh boy.
That last one pissed me off enough that I'm not sure I want to do the 5BBC version again compared to what Glen's put into his ride. I may feel differently but that was a huge downer.