Well I did it. Started riding last June. Got a road bike in September, and signed up for this ride in December. I've done a few metrics, and did a hilly (for around here) 80 miler in the training process, but finally hit the 100mi mark twice over the weekend. My favorite training ride was a metric out and back from my house- we stopped at a BBQ place for ribs halfway.
Day 1 was 110 miles. 3300 ft of climbing, 10-15mph headwind ALL DAY LONG! the wind was much worse than the hills, esp with my sail-like 6'6", 50" chest, 285lb frame. Pretty sure I had 50-100lbs on most of the other riders.
Day 2 was cold, but much more friendly 100 miles, 1600ft of climbing, and no wind- maybe even a little tail wind. Finished 1 MPH faster on the avg for day 2.
This was a major goal/milestone for me. It was a great ride and met some great people (who loved riding behind me in the pace lines). I can't wait for the ride next year. I do feel somewhat more legit as a 'cyclist' now even though I'm a Clyde.
One question- When will I get feeling back in my pinky fingers?