Rode the Tour de Tulsa Century Saturday. The route can be seen here. 100.1 mi. by my computer, in 06:43:04 total time, 06:21:29 on the bike. 15-20 mph SSE winds, cloudy, temp about 70 starting out, low to mid 80's finishing.
Couldn't get on a good paceline this time. Rode most of the first 30 miles solo - into that @#$% wind. Caught up with another solo rider and we worked together for most of the rest of the course. We stopped at the rest stop at Slick, OK., topped off our bottles, scarfed down some fruit and were back on our way. Turned South at Beggs, OK, and got to catch some tailwind for a while.
I had some foot pain, starting around mile 50. By the time we hit the rest stop at Mounds, I needed to sit down for a few minutes and get my weight off my feet. My partner continued on without me. The rest helped a lot, and I headed out again. Climbed a short but steep hill at about mile 64. Barely made it over, only going about 5mph on the steep section (standing up).
My legs started cramping a bit at about mile 68., but I was on a nice long downhill, and I was able to stand up and stretch them out, without stopping.
I caught up with the guy I'd been riding with around mile 72, and we rode together the rest of the way in, stopping at the rest stop at Sand Springs. I learned that he was one of the people who marked the course. It's so nice to have someone along who knows the course, when you're riding it for the first time.
I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with doing a century, but if I'm riding with a fast group, I can't spare enough attention to really enjoy the scenery, and if I ride solo, it takes too long.