This weekend I completed the Old Kentucky Home Tour, going from Louisville to Bardstown and back over two days. The advirtised miles were 50 on Saturday and 55 on Sunday. My mileage was 48 on Saturday and 62 on Sunday. So, my firsts were:
1. A metric century, on the day after a 50 miler. I was pretty proud of that.
2. Back to back long rides. Usually I'm dead for days after just one long ride.
3. People drafting on me. On previous group rides I couldn't stay with hammerheads long enough for anyone to draft me. On this tour I think people sought the protective shelter of my expansive backside. Or whatever.
1. You really can learn a lot from this site. I ate and drank the entire ride even though I never got hungry or thirsty. As a result I didn't experience even the vaguest prebonkitudinal state.
2. Tandems can be your friend. All the ones I saw out there were fast. I latched onto one towards the end of the first day and turned in my third fastest speed ever.
3. Triple chainrings are your friend. I passed enough people struggling up hills with their silly compacts and standards while I spun by them. Anyone who is over 50 who lives around hills and doesn't get a triple is a fool. There are lots of exceptions.
4. The second day was sure slower than the first.