Yesterday (July 16, 2011) I rode in an event called R.A.IN (Ride Across INdiana) which is a 160 mile ride from the IL state line to the OH state line across US 40.
I hadn't done any real training to get ready for the ride other than the 8 mile commute to and from work a few times this year, and a couple 30 mile rides with friends.
Prior to yesterday my longest single ride to date was only 37 miles. Which I did at the Hope Ride in Hope, IN last year.
So at RAIN I managed to finish my first metric century. (I'll have a photo of the Garmin at 62.5miles later ) That was my first goal of the day.
My second goal at rain was to complete my first century ride.
Unfortunately the nearly 100f road temps and unyielding sun sapped almost all my energy nearly immediately after leaving the second rest area (around mile 65). I realized about mile 80 just how poorly my shoes fit, and how ineffective my sun block appeared to be. And most importantly I realized just how exhausted my entire body was. I may have defeated myself in the hot weather by not believing I could finish the ride. In any case I just barely made it into the third rest area at 92.38 miles under my own power.
So in review...
* I did complete my first metric century!
* I did more than double my previous longest ride
* I did NOT complete my first century
* I was with 11 miles of tripling my previous longest ride.
* I did NOT complete RAIN.
* I did have a fantastic time, and learned a lot about myself along the way.
I'm going to be 35 later this year. I weigh about 225#. I haven't really been active for the last 14 years and my body and endurance shows it.
I AM highly motivated to complete RAIN next year. Just as I'm highly motivated to complete "The Hilly Hundred" this year which I failed at in 2010 due to an ankle injury.
If any of you can suggest ways I can, with maybe 30m to 1h a day build a lot more leg strength, and endurance I'd welcome the suggestions.
Thanks for taking the time to read this