This is my first post ... glad to meet you all.
Saturday (9/8) I was able to survive my first century. I did the 100 mile route of the Amish Country Bike Tour out of Dover, DE.
I chose this particular event since the terrain is generally flat and the weather was supposed to be fairly mild.
I didn't count on the "Delmarva Mountains"; a steady 15mph wind which was inexplicably in our faces for probably 75% of the ride. Adding to the difficulty was the unusally "balmy" 94 degreeSeptember day.
Actual mileage was 101 ... bike time was 5hrs 55 mins ... 4415 calories burned. I lost 7 lbs even with drinking continuously and eating at every rest stop.
I now what mistakes I made that made this ride difficult. Although I ride 25-40 miles at least 5 times a week, I didn't do enough long distance riding; my previous long ride had been the Lancaster Covered Bridge Metric. Next year I will add a weekly long ride with steady increases up to 80 or so. We also started out way too fast; at one point we were doing 24 mph (on flat ground).
My two goals this first year of riding were to do a century and to ride my age x 100. I'm glad to get the first one out of the way. I've got 750 miles left to get to 5300 which seems like a piece of cake (or pie as the custom seems to be here).
All in all, this was pretty hard for me but having done it I'm not afraid to do more. With decent training and some more practice eating and hydrating, I'm looking forward to trying two centuries next year. I'd like to go back to the one I just did and I'd like to do the Civil War Century.