The Wilson 100 (this year on Sunday 9/10) is run by the Southern Bicycle League (www.bikesbl.org) out of Fayetteville south of Atlanta - a gorgeous and extremely well-run event. Despite (or perhaps because of) being off the bike for 10 days while traveling, and despite incipient intestinal issues, I decided to do a century. Here is my Journal entry for it:
"My first century and my body has been ravaged. Felt strong for 60 miles. Between mi 5 and 30 fell in with a pace line that maintained about 19 mph and felt like I could have gone all day. (They did the 60 mi loop.) But hills, headwind, and hubris in miles 50-60 did a number on my legs. Thighs turned into bags of rope. Butt hurt (might be a case for chamois cream as there seems to be some abrasion) and shoulders cramped, but those were to be expected. Ate a plate of spaghetti the night before and again at 6:00 am, so nutrition was good until just before the rest stop at mi 90, when I started getting nauseous and faint. A relatively long rest, lots of water, and a power gel seemed to fix that, but the body was quite unhappy overall over the last 50 mi. HRM was finicky until I realized that the controls didn't work (heart rate registered, but cumulative wouldn't restart) while mounted on the bike (strange); took it off the bar and controls worked, then remounted on bar. So no overall measurements, but weight after a shower was 230 lb. (down 3-4). Should have timed the stages, too. Started at 8:15 am and ended 8:15 later - the last three maybe half the speed of the first three.
"Afterward wasn't hungry (there was pizza), then felt overwhelmingly sleepy and had trouble driving home. Could barely climb the stairs. Today (Monday) after 12 hrs of sleep I feel much better. Might do a spin class tonight to check in on legs. So far the only lasting damage is numbness in the outside end of my right ring finger. Bike needed chain lube twice and even after that there was a squeaky link for a while.
"Next time: bike tune-up, chamois cream, keep a log onroute, eat a power gel at every stop, set a pace (slower) and stick to it."
During the last third of the ride I hated the whole idea of a century and of riding two-wheel pain machines, but pain is quickly forgotten it seems. Now I'm planning on another century in three weeks. I'll let you know where to send flowers.