I like to try and do one sub 5 hr 100 miler each year and accomplished that today. In fact, I actually set a new PR for a 100 miler by finishing in 4hr 45 mins. I think my best time prior to that was 4hr 50 mins.
It was a pretty flat route as it only had 4400 ft of climbing. The lack of climbing was a real blessing from the previous 5 centuries I've done over the last 5 weeks-ranging from 7000-11,000 ft of climbing.
I rode the Prince and it was incredibly terrific. Between the bike and the nice group I was with I just kept thinking that it can't get any better than this!!
The ride had 800+ riders with 3 different routes. After 10-15 miles we had about 30 in our front group. That dropped to about 20 at the 30 mile mark when 10 riders turned to do the shorter route. That group stayed together for most of the rest of the ride but riders dropped off every now and then. I managed to stay with the 15 that remained until 75 miles when I starting cramping like crazy-just lack of hydration from trying to do the entire ride without stopping by nursing fluids.......just totally stupid!! I even carried an extra bottle in my jersey so I can't figure out what I was thinking.
So I did the last 25 miles solo-with various folks riding my wheel from time to time-those folks were just doing the 60 miler. I sure wish I could have stayed with the front group the remainder of the ride as they finished in 4hr 28 mins.
And then on the way home I stopped and played 18 holes of golf and had 5 birdies!! I guess I need to just do more 100 milers before playing golf???
The bed is gonna feel pretty darn good in just a bit!