I rode the Tony Serrano Century in Monroe, GA today on a picture perfect day. About 50F at the start, rising to about 72 during the day. The wind was calm at the start, becoming a very mild headwind later on. The record crowd of 670 rode the gently rolling terrain and enjoyed the best rest stop food assortment I've ever seen.
I was a little unsure about riding 100 miles with so few longer rides under my belt this year. My longest ride since November was a couple of 50 milers. But being careful not to work too hard and staying well nourished and hydrated paid off and I finished feeling just fine. I could tell I was getting a little tired after about 70 miles and was ready to be done by the end, but I never had the dreaded doldrums that used to always come late in centuries.
Next century comes in two weeks at the BRAG Spring Tune Up which will run through the same general area.
The Garmin is acting up and didn't map the first 46 miles of the ride, but did show the distance and timing for the full ride. This happens occasionally and is frustrating.
Rolling through Monroe at the start.
under way by BluesDawg, on Flickr
Dates stuffed with peanut butter was my favorite of all the incredible assortment of homemade goodies served up at the rest stops.
PB & dates by BluesDawg, on Flickr
More rest stop offerings.
RS2 by BluesDawg, on Flickr
This kind of view was on display all day.
typical scenery by BluesDawg, on Flickr
Still smiling a little past half way, I decided to go for the century instead of the short ride to the finish for the metric option.
decision point by BluesDawg, on Flickr
more scenery by BluesDawg, on Flickr
102.6 by BluesDawg, on Flickr