On Saturday I rode in my first organized event. I rode the Half Century option of the Elk River Century in Tullahoma, TN. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision to ride it. I have been working toward my first metric later this month. I missed a couple of long rides while my bike was down for almost two weeks because of a couple of broken spokes. I finally got my bike back on Friday with a new rear wheel, I rode 12 miles as soon as I got it home, and decided I needed a good ride on Saturday.
I got to the ride in plenty of time, and thought that I had everything with me. When I went to put my water bottles on the bike I remembered that they were still in the freezer at home. Oh well, I bent my bottle holders in enough to accommodate some bottled water bottles and made do. I made my usual mistake when I started, and I started off way too fast. I did the first 20 miles at a 17 mph pace, which is at least 1-2 mph faster than I needed to be. Then the hills started. Nothing was extreme, but it was 2000 feet of climbing over the 50 mile route. I was worn out after 35 miles, but managed to finish in 3:30 overall with 3:15 time on the bike
Overall it was a great experience, and I am looking forward to my first metric in a few weeks.
That is me in the grey shirt and the red helmet.