I did my first 40 mile ride today in everglades national park in south florida. I rode 20 miles in and did very well, made it in about an hour and 10 minutes. I stopped for a few minutes ate a cliff bar and turned around. On the way back I was riding into the wind, after the first two miles back I was like oh snap this is gonna be difficult. I did make it back it took around 2 hours and 45 minutes. I didn't take any breaks on the way out, on the way i i took about 10. I felt like i got hit by a car when i got finished, but two hours later and a couple advil and i feel terrific.
I enjoy the thrill of a long ride so i definately will be investing in a road bike, maybe a flat bar road bike. I am torn at this moment because I am intimidated by the drop down bars.
I ride a 2005 department store GT Palomar with knobby tires, I also tip the scales at 293 so this was a big load heading into the wind.
Thanks for reading,