When the winter was over I thought that I would aim to double my number of centuries this year – making it two in total!
I've had a good spring and summer's riding, averaging around 100 miles a week, and have done several 50 mile rides, but I've found that I've absolutely no enthusiasm for riding a century. My 50 mile rides are great, varying between 3¾ and 5+ hours riding time depending on terrain/enthusiasm and I can do them in a morning or an afternoon and still have time for life out of the saddle. I believe I've got stronger this summer and have cancelled rotator cuff surgery because the symptoms have eased substantially.
I don't think it's a lack of fitness as I still have riding left in the legs after 50 miles and am not saddle sore, it's just that I lose a bit of interest after pedalling for more than four hours in a day and just want to finish the ride.
I've decided that I'm not going to set myself any more goals in terms of speed or distance but only in enjoyment.
Absolutely no criticism of those who do target speed and centuries as it clearly gives them enjoyment, and I will continue to read and enjoy the stories of their rides, but I realise at last it's not for me.
YMMV – literally.