I just logged in to toot my own horn. Seeing that the wife and I would be spending all day visiting our fathers today, she decided to give me a full Fathers Day yesterday. I told her that all I wanted was a nice long bike ride.
I grabbed my most comfortable bike, which happened to be a Trek hardtail mountain bike with Brooks saddle. Front suspension fork and 26 X 2.125 tires. Not exactly a typical bike for a long road ride, but my favorite bike nonetheless. After strapping on a Camelbak, and putting a 20oz bottle of iced coffee in my cage, I rode as long as I could. After 5 hours of riding and consuming 160 ounces of liquid, I'd managed to do 56.6 miles of hilly country roads in Columbia and Rensselaer counties. I only stopped because I ran out of liquid. Today I am a god!!!
Okay. It wasn't exactly the Race Across America or anything, but I'm feeling pretty darned good about myself today, considering that I bought the bike last spring, and was barely able to ride it the 4 miles home from the bike store. I'm thinking that it if I can find a good road bike this summer, I'll try doing a century this fall.