Well, I took down my first century this past Saturday. Left Norwalk, CT a little late @ 7am, rode along the coastline to New Haven, CT, and then back west to Stamford.
Man oh man, it was a bit of a challenge finishing the last 30 miles or so! Prior to this my longest ride was only around 50-ish miles. I'm doing a long charity ride in 2 weeks and the first day is a 100 miler, so even though it was a push I wanted to see if I could do the 100 and how my body would react afterwards.
For nutrition, I used a Perpetuem paste that I sipped every 15 min or so. I also had a bunch of snacks, Hammer Gels, jellybeans, pretzel bites, etc... that I snacked on, making sure to eat every 30 min or so.
My original goal was to make it to Yale's campus, since the charity ride I am doing is in honor of a family member who passed away @ Yale this year. I got lost a few times on the way there and stopped a bit more frequently, so by the time I got to New Haven I decided to turn around instead of heading to the campus. I wanted to make sure I'd make it home, so I'll save the campus trip for another day.
On the way home, I took a more direct route and rode in moderate traffic for most of the way. Definitely not as scenic as the beaches and back roads I took on the way out, but much easier to navigate. At mile 70 I came across a brewpub and took it as a sign to stop for a meal. I had two beers and a cheeseburger and that fueled me up for the last 30 miles home.
Total mileage was 100.08, time on bike was 7.5 hours, average was 13.3mph, which is definitely on the slow side for me. Recovery has been fine, my right calf/hamstring is a bit sore and tweaky, but knees feel fine. Butt is a bit sore, and it appears my bike shorts are causing a scratch on my inside thigh/buttock, so I might need some different shorts...
Sunday, I couldn't imagine getting back on that bike seat! Does anyone have any advice for back-to-back long distance rides, where you are sore but have to jump back on the saddle the next day? Are there any tips to reduce soreness or recovery time? Eventually I think I'm going to get a more comfortable saddle (right now using a stock Selle San Marco Ponza) but don't want to make any big changes before my charity ride weekend...