I had written sometime in the early spring, (when foolish thoughts and projections are made) that I wanted to ride 2 centuries this year. One, just to prove I could do it and a second to prove that the first wasn't a fluke.
This weekend I participated in our local MS140 ride, the "Tour to Tanglewood". Saturday was the century ride followed by a nice 40 mile recovery ride Sunday morning. I had never participated in such a large cycling event before. The registration of riders was somewhere over 1,400. About 200-300 were riding the full century on Sat. There was unbelievable SAG support and official rest areas on every part of the route and the weather here in NC was about as perfect as you could expect.
Anyway the ride was just a terrific experience. On Sat. I rode 102.55 miles in 5 hours 57 minutes for an average pace of 17.3 mph. The first 40 miles or so I rode in a line with many others and the miles just flew by. The remaining 60 or so I pretty much rode solo always with others in sight and either passing or being passed. The difference with my first in July was then I rode 108.68 miles in 6 hours 51 minutes, that made this almost an hour better.
This morning the riders set out again and I rode a total of 42.62 miles. Felt a little tired by the end and rode a little slower averaging 16.6 mph.
It really was a fine weekend that I enjoyed immensely. I met fellow BF rider "Knobster". He hangs out in Commuting and the Long Distance riding forums
The rest area support was great with possible stops every 10-12 miles and at each stop, water, gatorade, fruit, cookies, sandwiches. I really think I rode 140 miles and gained weight!
This was my last major goal for the year. My mileage goal is 2,500 and I am now at 2,206 so I think the remaining mileage will be higher than my goal. Also, I now get into a heavy business season with many commitments as well as overseas travel.
My next goal for the year is to ride more with my son so that when the Polar Bear ride comes around on Jan 1, we can ride the shorter loop (26 miles) together.
It has been interesting to set these goals and have it all come together. I recieve much encouragement here in the 50+ as well as sage and not so sage advice. Since I ride alone 99.9% of the time and don't know anyone else who really rides, the forum has been a great sounding board for me to peruse and post to. When I get down I always know that either DG or one of the Diego clan can cheer me and reading other post where riders decribe problems, joys, new found stuff and toys lets me know there is a huge crowd with concerns similar to mine, (pie for instance).