ok, so maybe this sounds like bragging, anyway here it is.
I've been training for a century ride up in Macanaw City Michigan next month and made my goal somewhat early. I've really been working, riding about 250 miles a week for the last two weeks; this is a lot aompared to what I had been doing (maybe 100 miles/week). Last weekend I did my first 100 miler. Longest ride before that was 65 miles, the weekend before. Granted, this is in south eastern Michigan (flat to rolling), and the ride next month probably has a lot more hills, but I did it.
and I didn't die doing it. OK, my average speed for the whole day was only 10 miles an hour; this included an hour long lunch break, and rest stops about every 20 miles. And yes, the max temperature barely broke 72 degrees, wind was not too bad, so I had an easy day. After it was over, I DID ice my thighs, they felt like they had a fever when it was over. That helped a LOT, i think. I was a little sore, nothing serious. HAd it not rained all day yesterday, I would have done a 20-30 mile recovery ride. ANd its still raining today. rats.
I'm pumped. And I'm doing it again.