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The weather was amazing. After a week of rain predictions, I was prepared for a cold, wet ride. It did spit a bit, but that was the extent of the rain I saw. Really nice day.
I rode the 145 for the first time & managed to keep a decent pace for most of it. Hooked up with a couple of informal pacelines & we kept up a good clip. After 100+ miles though, my ass was not happy. No pain, but pretty sore. I tried to stand as much as possible for the last bit and that helped somewhat. I was very happy to see the finish line.
Now for the list of pratfalls:
Woke up insanely late. Slept right through my alarm. Got up to Penn Station well after 5. Saw none of the BF peeps. Grabbed a cue sheet and took off.
Got lost following some guys in Williamsburg. Which is funny because I lived there for 6 years. I should have known better to follow a Frenchman and a German.
In Queens I stopped for a red light & a rider behind me slammed into my rear wheel. He hit me so hard, he knocked himself off his own bike. He was ok & apologised & we rode off. After a minute I noticed a 'thip, thip, thip' coming from the rear wheel. Pulled over & saw that it had been knocked slightly out of true. Adjusted the brakes a bit so the rim wouldn't rub, but once I was back on the bike, heard the sound again. Gah. Figured I'd find the bike mechanic in Babylon & have him look at it.
Once I got out of Queens, I took a wrong turn following some guys who it turned out, weren't on the Montauk ride. That was a good long detour. Lesson learned. Again. Follow the cue sheet, not some random riders.
Right around then I got my first flat. Huge shard of glass in the front tire. I'm getting CO2. It's no fun pushing a hand pump one hundred times... (X3)
Got to Babylon & the mechanic had a few people waiting with their bikes. He took a quick look at mine & said it was rideable. He offered to true it, but had to deal with the other bikes first. That was going to be a 30-45 min wait. 'Screw it' I thought & kept riding.
Shortly after Babylon, TWO more flats. One small piece of metal in the rear. 10 minutes later a pinch flat in front after hitting a rock kicked up by another rider. I congratulated myself on a personal best for flats in one ride. Unfortunately, I was out of tubes. Called SAG & they showed within 20 minutes. They dropped me off at a shop in Shirley & I got a couple of tubes. They trued the rear wheel a bit, so it was better. Thanks John G. for the lift.
Between the late start, 3 flats, getting lost, waiting for SAG & the trip to the shop I killed any chance had for finishing early.
Still, I enjoyed the ride. Amazing weather & beautiful scenery. Met with some cool people. Tom, (tall guy, white Sirrus) and Saul (black Roubaix), nice riding with you guys. I'd definitely want to try to ride with a group for Glenn's ride. It gets monotonous listening to yourself for hour after hour.