Completed my first 50 mile organized ride yesterday. The weather was HOT and HUMID -- temperature was 78F at 8am and it only got hotter, reaching at least 90F. Ugh. Thankfully, the rest stops were well stocked with water, gatorade, & snacks! I had 2 bottles and my Camelbak, too.
The route was pretty much continuous rolling hills (country roads) with only 2 major killer hills which I ended up walking. Many others walked those, too, so I didn't feel like such a loser. My boyfriend successully climbed all of those darn hills. The one really horrible one had his heart rate monitor going sky high though. I'm glad I walked that one! Still, I was passing other walkers. I think that 3mph is pretty good for walking uphill with a MTB w/ semi-slicks, don't you think? My average speed for the entire ride was 12.3 mph. (Ranged from hitting 20-30 mph on the downhills and waaaay slower than that on uphills, not to mention traffic stops.)
Other than the heat, the only problems I ran into were:
- Chain jumping off twice when shifting to small front chainring. (I need to get that checked out.)
- Sore butt by the end of the ride. (I'll work on that. Need to increase my weekly mileage.)
- Right knee was hurting (back of knee) around mile number 48 (How odd that it would happen then. Just glad it didn't happen earlier. I was able to finish... slowly.)
Hey, at least I did it! I'm proud of that. Of course, the next time I decide to ride a 50 miler, I'll pick a cooler time of the year. I have a new respect for the TDF riders now.