50/50 Road/eBike Commuter
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Specialized Sirrus, Brompton
Barretscv and I went together. We did the extra ~20 mile loop for the 120 mile route. That section was the hilliest. I agree, the SAGs were awesome. We planned to do 100 miles but I was motivated to be able to say I've done a double metric century, so we did the large extra loop and when I got to the finish, I was at about 119 miles (there may may been another smaller extra loop we skipped), so I doubled back for a bit and then finally did some laps around the high school until I had 125 miles.
I was impressed with how well I did. I hadn't done more than 25 miles at a time for about a year, and it has been 5-6 years since my last century. I have been doing regular 32 mile RT commutes typically about every other day, though. Also I did the last century with a Swobo City bike, and had pain and tingling in my wrists and forearms for 4 days afterwards until I decided to have a cortizone shot after it wasn't getting better.
This time I had a Specialized Roubaix. I did have some discomfort in my forearms and wrists starting at around 30 miles that eventually turned to pain. At 85 miles I took some Advil. I was afraid I was going to have the same problem as last time but the wrist and forearm pain is minor, and no tingling this time. My legs have what I would call a medium level of soreness - not too bad. I do still feel like my saddle has been implanted in my butt though.
I had to go back to work yesterday and decided I probably wasn't even up for riding the ebike (which I commute on about half the time), so I drove. Today I drove most of the way and ended with a slow, easy 1.7 mile ride on the Rounaix partially to see how I felt on the bike. I was considering cycling all the way home but I think I'm just going to do the same on the way back.
Fortunately I have wed-thu off, and hopefully by friday I'll be back to at least 85%. I'm going to start doing more core exercises and possibly try aero bars as well. I like this ride - there are some hills, but it seemed relatively flat overall to me. You defintely have to be careful on this ride - although car traffic is light, it's also fast, and plenty of it doesn't have shoulders. I also came by a few motorcyclists who seemed to be intentionally acting like jerks - one of them got right behind me even though I was all the way to the right and he had all the room in the world.
Last edited by kmcrawford111; 08-20-13 at 08:43 AM.