Extremely unhappy with my performance this ride as I had planned to do the 100 miles, but the weather did not play nice. Before the ride, I met some random guy, dressed pretty casually (bike shorts, shirt/jersey in solid color, bike that looked JUST like mine). We rode the first 48 miles together.
As we started, it began to rain, after foreboding all morning. At the first hill , it began to thunder and the skies opened. Cold rain started falling. That was fine on the climb. Then we got to the top, and it started raining even harder. There were rivers across the roadway, washed out stretches of dirt and leaves, fog, zero visibility, and a plague of locusts (maybe crickets, who knows, who cares). We averaged around 10-10.5 mph for the 8 mile descent. Both my hands went numb from grabbing the brakes so hard. I was shivering for quite a long time at the rest stop and even 15-20 minutes into our departure from there. At this point we were 22-23 miles in, and had eaten up 1:45 (we did the first 7-8 at a good clip). Everyone was talking about calling rides, or getting sagged out, and a handful of riders looked to have hypothermia. Stupid garmin was messed up, didn't stop fully for this rest stop. About 1:55 we headed out
We decided to head off and see if we couldn't ride ourselves warm. From mile 22/23 to mile 46 I kept up with my riding buddy who rode FAST, for me at least. He dropped me by mistake around mile 46 into a brief headwind. I was just spent from keeping his pace. After five minutes of cruising around 13-15 mph, I tried to catch him for the rest of the ride, but he was GONE. Right after we decided not to risk another freezing miserable descent and took the turnoff for the metric century, the rain stopped and the mother****ing sun came out. **** YOU SUN! **** YOU!
In the end, the ride was right at 4:00 for 60 miles, 11 mph average for a 6 mile hill climb, which I'm happy with, a good clip on the flats and rollers, and some pure hell on that descent mixed in. I had plenty in me at the end, I'm fairly certain I could have done those "mountains," if I hadn't been so petrified of another freezing descent.