I'll add some pictures and more of a ride report later but I'm beat and my wife is tapping her toes in the kitchen at me. My daughter is having her 12th birthday party tomorrow (I had to negotiate to get it changed from today so I could do this ride) so I'm on the hook for all kinds of stuff, I'm sure.
I will say that the Channel Island Bike Club and the Ventura Kiwanis organized up a fantastic event. It was VERY well supported with plenty of anything you could possibly want at every rest stop (and there were 5 rest stops on the century, not evenly spaces... so 15 mi, 35 mi, 55 mi, 75 mi and 85 mi or so with the world's greatest and coldest popsicle at that last stop)
I had one mystery flat about an hour in... changed the tube and off I went.
I lost one of my fabulous Camelbak Podium Big Chill bottles (right after I switched places with the empty one, so the 15 miles from roughly 40-55 were with no water, boo hoo, and doing the rest of the ride on 1 bottle was un-fun. I had to stop at a 7-11 for gatorade at one point)
I had the most vicious cramps I've ever experienced starting at about that time too - my quad locked up so badly I almost fell off my bike. I couldn't stand at all for most of the day after that although I was able to start again by say, mile 80, but I had to be really careful. I have NEVER experienced cramps like that and I'm not sure what led to them. I might have to start trying volosong's supplement trick.
Anyway, I had some sort of pipe dream that I could finish with a 16 mph average but no. I think the cramps & my reduced training recently as well as probably eating the wrong stuff contributed to putting the kibosh on that. Still, I'm really pleased with the result for a first century ever. It was also hillier than they advertised in the promotional materials when I signed up - it was supposed to have 3200 feet of climbing but they changed it to to 4200 somehow.
Anyway, I'll add a second post in a sec to serve as a placeholder for some pics and stuff and I'll add those later tonight or tomorrow. All in all it was a great time!