Well I can finally stop being a lurker here as I just completed my first century....... a boy can I pick em...
I did the Kings tour of the Quabbin put on by the Seven Hills Wheelmen in western mass.
The total climbing was around 7,000 ft and it was all rolling hills..... I am definitely feeling the hills today. Looking back I could (to be read as Should ) have done more hill work but I did complete the ride in 7 hours with a riding time of 5:30 and a 17.6 m/hr average. The scenery was so beautiful that I made sure to take time to take it all in.
It took till about mile 30 before I felt warmed up.... and mile 50 - 70 (rt202) where a lot of the steeper intense climbing lived was brutal. I really was feeling low at the last rest stop mile 76 and was not sure I could finish but pushed on with the help of my riding partner and by the time mile 80 came I was feeling pretty good again. The finish was a punishing 3.5 mile climb to the end but I was so happy to be done.
I was amazed and pleased that I completed the course and was blown away by how bad I felt at mile 76 and how good I felt by mile 80.
I am so hooked and though my muscles are sore and I have some pain I am already looking to see what my next one will be.