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Old 10-21-07, 08:04 AM   #1
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First Double Century!

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So I'm going to try to embed a google map of my route, but if that doesn't work, here's a link.

Yesterday I did an out and back route, from my home in Ann Arbor, Michigan to downtown Sturgis, Michigan. Google maps claims the distance is 102 miles each way. I biked the same route in 2004 on a tour and my computer claimed the distance was 106 miles. So I either biked 204 miles or 212 miles yesterday.

I left my home at 8:15am, just after the sun began to peek above the treetops. The air temperature was around fifty degrees when I left in the morning. Headwinds were brutal. The weather report predicted west winds of 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph all day long. I was biking west almost the whole way to Sturgis, and I was really feeling that wind. About the only thing that kept me going was the expectation of a killer tailwind all the way home.

I reached downtown Sturgis and turned around at about 4pm. I refilled my water bottles in a gas station and headed for home. I didn't have a computer, but I think I was averaging around 22 mph for the first forty miles I traveled in the eastward direction. After that the winds slackened off, and I just had a slight tailwind to carry me along. I got enough of a push though, that my legs never really felt all that fatigued, even when I finally rolled into my driveway at 10:30pm, after riding for the final three hours with my generator engaged for my lighting system.

Total time, 14 hours and fifteen minutes. Average speed, around 14.5 mph. I was a lot slower than I had hoped, but that speed would be good enough to qualify for Boston-Montreal-Boston in a sanctioned brevet. So I'm not really all that unhappy.
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Old 10-21-07, 11:14 AM   #2
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Well done!

I'd sleep for a week after that kind of ride.
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Congratulations! That's a great accomplishment. How often and how much did you eat during the trip?

I always like starting out with a tailwind. Usually when I start with a headwind the direction invariably changes about the time I'm turning around so I have to battle it on my return trips as well.
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I ate a lot less than I usually do on long rides. I ate two large granola bars that I make at work (I'm a baker), two cliff bars, an apple, and a large milkshake that I bought after the half way point. I thought I had brought along two more cliff bars, which I planned to eat over the last seventy miles. But I reached into my pannier to find that there was no more food. I thought about stopping at a gas station or something to get more food, but I decided against it. I was already going to have to ride at night, so I wasn't too worried about getting bonked and having to drag myself home. I would just have to spend a few more hours in the saddle in the worst case scenario. Luckily I never felt very depleted, so it wasn't an issue.
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