Well, after weeks of doing my morning 3 mile hill course and one flat 10 miler, I decided to try something longer. Sunday we were to have dinner at my daughters four towns away and I decided I was going to leave an hour and a half before my wife and ride. The route goes through Hopedale, Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, and Natick, and is pretty hilly. So I told my wife to look for me laying along side the road and off I went. The first big hill is at about mile 5 climbing out of Milford toward Holliston. About halfway up I was thinking "What the hell was I thinking", but I made it and found that my legs recovered pretty quickly once I was on a flat again. So, I just kept going and going and going. Before I knew it I was through Holliston on Rt 16 headed toward Sherborn. Lots of rolling hills on that stretch and one monster just as you get into Sherborn. That hill was rough but once again recovery was surpisingly quick and it was the only time I used the granny ring. The last 5 miles were non eventful, except for close traffic mishap, and I arrived in one piece, in damn good shape (I thought). It was a blast! I did learn a few things.
1. I really like my new Trek 1200c. Nothing hurt (well, nothing that shouldn't anyway), it shifted fine, and the ride wasn't bad at all especially considering the poor road conditions.
2. I shift alot. Don't know if that's normal on a hilly ride or not, just an observation.
3. I can ride clipless through traffic for 20 miles without falling.
4. I confident my birthday ride in July (56 miles) will not be a problem. Especially seeing as though it's happening on Cape Cod, which is flat.
5. I was not what you would call fast, avg speed was 12.2mph.
I saw four other bikers and three of them waved with huge smiles on their faces. One lady at a stop light rolled down her window to ask how far I was going. And, the number one best thing was, drumroll please, I passed a guy on a very expensive looking Colagno (sp?) going up a hill!! Of course he was probabaly on mile 90 or something, but hey a pass is pass in my book.