Got a LOT of inspiration from these forums, and especially machka.net I had attempted a century ride twice in past, and failed. First time, I just hit the wall at around 70 miles. Second time (day before the century-ride !!) I got 70 miles, but was a bit too late in the day, and wanted to spend the rest of the day with wifey. But finally made it happen yesterday. It was really fun.
So the question here is - when people post their "ride times" does it include the stop times, or is it the "on saddle time" ? My in-saddle-time (as shown by bike computer) was around 7 hours 30 minutes. Around 4000 ft. elevation. With stops and everything, it took me around 9 hours 15 minutes. Because of cold, spent lot of time with gloves and all !
Once again want to thank machka.net for all the resources around there. Got a lot of inspiration from there.