Some 4 months ago I started the following thread about my intentions to try and complete the Seattle to Portland, 200 mile, 2-day bike ride:
Well, this weekend the big day arrived and my wife and I found ourselves on the start line at 5:30AM. What a ride ! Here are a few snippets that come to mind as I sit with aching limbs:
1. We did it ! At 290lbs I completed back to back centuries for a total of 202 miles. We may have had a slow pace (approx average 10mph - we focused on endurance) with numerous stoppages, but we kept going and going and going...
2. Its a heck of a long ride and seems to go on forever. My usual distance before starting the ride was 50 - 60 mile rides with no second day ride. I also performed approx another 50 miles a week commuting etc.
3. The STP is NOT "flat" as reported. Numerous forum posts chat about the only hill being in Puyallup - not true. The first day is a breeze compared to the second day. The second day has close to 40 miles of rolling hills that drain you after an hour or two. You seem to be always climbing for hour after hour. The hardest thing about the second day is forcing yourself onto that saddle at 5AM.
4. Physically, I found myself stronger on the hills than I expected, and didnt really bonk until around the 180 mile point - the last 20 miles were brutal and I was crawling but determined not to stop. I sprained my ankle around the 150 mile mark but decided to just bite the bullet and keep going.
5. Though I was OK with walking the hills if I needed to, I did not walk or stop on one hill. As the day went on I found myself refusing to give in to the hills. My ride, Spec Roubaix was awesome, completely stock, and not even a puncture! Super pleased with the bike.
6. Very well run and executed ride by the Cascade bike club - lots of stops and watering holes along the way.
7. I NEVER want to see a bottle of Perpetuem or GelShot again - I was so done with them by the end of day two . I now have the training time to test other fuels before I sign up for another ride. Though I must admit, they kept me running.
All in all, a great ride and I was so thrilled to finally cross the finish line. Would I do it again?
Hmmmm - a full year to train to get faster is very tempting