I finally broke the 100k barrier today, biking a 70 mile loop around a few other towns. I'm hoping to get some insight into the problems I hit along the way.
Temperature was nice, 70-80F, varying clouds and sun. Strong south winds, steady at 14mph or so and gusting well above that. My route went basically ENE, S, W.
The first 25 miles were great. Averaged about 14mph on a bike trail. The next 10 were painful, into the wind. At mile 35 I forgot what I read the night before about avoiding lactose and stopped at a Dairy Queen for a sundae. At mile 40-45 I really bonked. When I breathed in deep, it felt like I had to cough when I breathed out. Didn't want to eat. Really uncomfortable. It's only gone now, 5-6 hours later. Limped home from there, being generous with my gears. Overall average speed was 11mph, including all stops. Went through three bars, two-plus bottles of water and one of Gatorade.
Also, I'm using street shoes and Powergrips. The last two toes on my right foot were getting numb toward the end. This might be something weird with my body; it tends to happen with rollerblades too. I'm gonna try tightening the powergrips one notch for a different fit.
I'm 23 and I've had a non-mountain bike for about ten months now. I rode a mountain bike in high school, but had nothing for the last four years. My bike is a Trek 7.2FX hybrid, my commuter. I think it weighs 28lbs stock, probably 35 or 40 today with fenders, rack, and some clothes and tools in a pannier. Gears range from 48-11 to 28-32 and I finally found out what they're all for today. My previous longest trips were 42 and 30 miles, and that's about it for distances above 20 miles in a day.
Now the real problem. I'm doing a century next weekend, and a friend and I are planning to bike down there, making it about 130 miles. There's a good amount of support though and we have pretty much all day. Anything I should keep in mind?
Other lessons I picked up:
- Don't bomb down hills. Save it for the uphill. (It was cool to hit 37mph though.)
- Plan water and bathroom spots if you can.
- Check more than one source for weather forecasts. Use sunscreen if even one of them predicts sun.