Yesterday I did my first Century!!! 107 miles (my computer says 109.0 miles....we got lost a couple of times) and my average speed was 11.1 mph. Total time was from 7am to 6pm...total time on the bike was 9 hours 43 minutes
My max speed was 36.8mph (down a really steep hill that I almost died climbing)....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my reward.
My day started at 4am. I planned to do the 75 miler. I was supposed to be at Central Park at 6am for the 75 miler (the 100 started at 5.30am). I got there at 6.30am (thank you NYC Subway). I left with the 7am wave. Rode down Manhattan to Brooklyn continued on to Queens (with huge steep hills)
At about the 75 mile point, I saw a sign that separated the road (100 make a left, 75 straight ahead). I opted for the 100! Big mistake! I was in the Bronx with hills similar to those of Queens. I also saw a prostitute too which helped me up that hill so I could get away from her (and any diseases she was carrying) as fast as I can.
Then it was more hills and more hills....I almost got dropped and I was so afraid of riding alone (in a real ghetto neighborhood in the Bronx) until the next group catches up. Somehow I managed to stay with the group of 10 or so until we hit a real nice neighborhood. I felt safer to slow down and waited until the next group was on my tail.
At about mile # 95, my right knee just gave up. I couldn't pedal with it. So for the last 12 miles (in Harlem), I unclipped my right foot and only pedaled with my left to the end. I walked up some big hills and coasted my way down.
After the ride, I had the BIGGEST BIGGEST smile on my face knowing that my average rides were usually 15 - 25 miles and my longest ride ever was +/- 45 miles.
Now, my whole body and my right knee is aching (I have a really tough time walking down the stairs now). But it was definitely worth it!!! I can't wait until October's Century.
Plus.....(I know I will get flame for this)....I was wearing a cotton T-shirt and MTB/ATB Bike shorts. At the end of the ride, my T-shirt was completely wet (luckily it wasn't cold) and by the time I got home, my T-shirt had small white circles in it (left over salt from my body I guess).