You folks can be counted on for serious and thoughtful input when asked for it. And I think I could use some of exactly that. I am considering signing up for a group ride (my first organized ride ever) on June 30. It is billed as the First Annual Queen City Century. This is a link to ride info. http://www.springbike.org/pdfs/Queen...Flyer_5-25.pdf
There are 30, 62 and 100 mile options.
This is a link to the 100 mile route. http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...gfield-Century
I am trying to decide if I think I am up for the 100 mile option or not. I'm 55, started riding again last May on a Trek Navigator. An entry drug if there ever was one. I rode it religiously for nearly a year, working my way up to a 55 mile trek around Stockton Lake in early April. That did not kill me, or even come close. Son Chris and I did that ride with one lunch break and one get off the bikes and stretch for about five minutes break. It took us about four hours to do that ride.
Now I'm riding a lot better bike, a Coda Elite, which is not a conventional road bike, but is far away from the Navigator in lots of ways. I ride three to six nights a week, and routinely ride 30 to 35 miles, without any breaks. And I feel fine when I get in. But I'm not fast either. I'm amazed when I read about folks averaging 16 and 18 MPH and faster on long rides, the highest average speed I've done on a 30 miler is just over 13 MPH. Maybe that's partly due to riding in hilly country and I'm a crappy climber, but maybe it's because I'm not all that fit yet and maybe it's because I should be on a better bike and maybe it's all three together.
But back to the primary question, what to do on June 30? I'm very tempted to sign up for the 100 mile option. The route does not appear to be terribly hilly and there are six rest stops including a lunch stop approximately mid way through. Full sag support too. I'm pretty hard headed about getting things done, and barring the unforeseen, I THINK I would likely eventually get it done. But I don't want to embarass myself or others by getting in over my head on a first organized ride, and I don't want to hold up things by being so slow and so late that they send out a search party for me either. I really like the idea of challenging myself and pushing limits a bit. The 62 miler is nothing to sneeze at, but at this point, the larger challenge is calling to me. At least in part because a good bit of the 62 mile option is over MUP's that I've ridden so many times it's ridiculous and I would like to do something new and exciting. But I have second thoughts too or I wouldn't be posting this would I?
So, advice requested is along the lines of do the century or not, and if do it, any advice about preparations between now and then, eating before and during the ride (I don't normally eat while riding - should I change that?), pacing oneself and so on. Thanks in advance for any replies.