Woot Woot... Rode my first Century on Saturday, and survived!
Just rode in Orange County Wheelman's Amtrak Century on Sept. 11 from Irvine to San Diego. Great ride, great support, and other than 98 degree temps when we reached San Diego, it was pretty fun.
I was rolling along fairly well until about mile 75 (my longest ride ever was 67 miles) and general malaise set in. I dumped some cold water on me, felt instantly refreshed. That is, until I hit the BIG Hill of Torrey Pines at mile 80. It wasn;t the worst hill I've ever done, but at mile 80, and it starting to get pretty warm, I was strugglin' a bit. But I was still passing people going uphill, and I think that was all the motivation I needed. That, and the fact that there were popsicles at the top waiting for me !
I finished the 103 mile ride in 6 hours, 14 minutes. I wanna shave of those 14 minutes, and get in under 6 hours next time. I thought I'd be dead sore Sunday morning, but other than a little stiffness, and a little soreness in the butt area... I felt pretty good, and actually ended up walking around Sea World all day. The only major pain I had was somewhere aorund mile 75 or so, my left knee starting to get an annoying pain below my knee cap in the middle... I'm guessing it is either a fit issue, or just some tendinitis... but it's still a bit tender if I flex it out a bit.
Overall, a good time was had and OCW put on a great first Century for me!