It is the time for my twice annual double century. It is on WI Limestone Rail to Trails from Reedsburg-Elroy-Sparta-Onalaska to Perot State Park on the Mississippi. It goes through tunnels, over some nice hills, beautiful scenery and lots of food.
15 years ago- I started this with Schwinn Hybrid, grip-twist shifter, 50 PSI tires (lots of flats), street sandals, double saddle bags, 240# body weight. It took 10 hours/each way and I was exhausted.
10 years ago- I upgraded to Trek Multi sport Hybrid, Shimano XT shifter, 80 PSI tires (no flats), SIDI clip-less shoes, still double bags, still 240#, Best time 9 hours and cooked.
5 years ago- Same bike, learned to travel light with one stem mounted Treck bag, dropped to 200# body weight, Best time 8 hours and cooked.
Now, this year- Same bike, use 700 x 28 wheels and 120 PSI tires, 184# body weight, do 50 miles regularly in 3 hours, expect to do 100 miles in 7 hours with stopping time comfortably.
The point of all this? Getting 15 years older does not mean a decline.