I finished my first Century on 4 Oct. 5 hours, 54 minutes for an average of 17mph. I felt pretty good afterward, still had miles left in my legs! I ate and hydrated well during the trip, however I realized that apples and I don't get along well. I had one mid trip and it talked back to me for an hour in the last half of the trip. No bike malfunctions, just a great trip.
I monitored my heart rate and cadence at the outset. I quickly got into my rhythm and just laid down track. My first recollection of the trip was looking up and seeing the hills at the 2 hour point! The halfway point was next when I stopped into a grocery store and refilled my Gatorade and that vile apple.
The last half of the trip was monitoring my stomach for an hour, and then getting into the zone again. I had to slow down the last 2 miles just to wind down from the ride. I loaded the bike, ate a bit, and then drove home.
This was my last training ride before November 14th when I cross the state of Florida. Now I will spend time getting a little stronger and faster before then.
Best regards to all