Did my first metric century fixed (well, first ever) yesterday. The description of "gently rolling country hills" was a "tad" misleading; however, I managed to make it up all of them but 1 running around 70 gear inches on my Pista. Things I learned:
1. Nothing beats bullhorns for climbing
2. camelbacks aren't so comfy for 5 hours in 85 degree heat (just bought some profile aero seatpost cages to remedy that)
3. Your body can do a lot more than you think it can--there really is a lot to the "mind over matter" saying. After 15 miles of hills, I truly didn't think I could make it, especially with the problems I've been having with my knee.
4. Peanut butter sandwiches keep you going
5. Huge downhills on a fixed are a lot tougher than the huge uphills
6. Horses don't like bikes
7. A day after recovery ride really helps your muscles recover
8. pushing your body to its limits is a much better way to relieve stress than bar hopping; but beer helps with the muscle soreness afterwards--"the amazing healing power of beer"
9. Nothing else matters when it is just you, the bike, and the road
10. My Pista is the best material possession I have (but I do want a roadbike)