I registered for the HH100 and have a the Hampton Inn reserved near Wichita Falls (hotels/motels have been full for some time in the area).
I posted in Regional discussions, but haven't had any replies. I would actually value input more from riders in my age group.
I usually ride 15mi after work. I haven't ridden more than 27 mi in recent months. Saturday I had planned on a 25 mi ride and was averaging 17 mph. I was feeling so good I decided on another 15. Because I hadn't planned on the last 15 I didn't carry anything to eat. My speed dropped. Saturday was ~ 100 deg F. The heat didn't seem to bother me but my energy level did decline at the end of the ride.
I would value any ideas regarding a plan to make the century. I know I will need to replenish calories as I extend my ride time. It was obvious to me that I depleted my glycogen stores on Saturday.
The ride is on August 28; so, I have a reasonable time period to increase my mileage.
I did average 147 bpm heart rate. How high do you think I can push it with additional training. I am 61. I am guessing I should shoot for ~ 90% of the heart rate I can sustain for a shorter ride during a century. Is that reasonable?
What do you recommend to prevent "hot foot"? Should I switch from Mountain bike shoes to road shoes?
I have good bibs and didn't get saddle sore.
I was hoping I could start riding the HH 100 around 6 AM and avoid the frenzied start at 7 AM. I think there will be about 14,000 riders. The faster riders would pass me later. Does anybody know if this is possible?
They indicate that if you want to complete the century, you must arrive at Hells Gate by 12:30PM. What is the issue about Hells Gate? Why would it close?