That's quick. I did my first century yesterday and the actual ride was about 11 hours. I didn't do any planning at all except for the route, which was pretty straight forward staying on one major road. I ignored to look up the elevations and assumed the ride was going to be mostly flat but I encountered 10-12 mini hills between mile 80 to 86. Walked my bike
halfway up a couple of times. These hills were approximately quarter mile runs. Around mile 65 was when I was slowly hating the ride. But damn, the train ride home and getting home is the best feeling...I killed a pork french dip sandwich with blue cheese, a slice of apple pie, and iced tea in 5 minutes.
Time was the largest stressor because I had planned to take a train back at a certain time and didn't want to miss it. I had to force going somewhat faster on some of the uphills even if my legs were tired and slowly showing signs of cramping. Towards the end of the trip, I took it easy on the flat areas.
Last edited by SF Valley; 09-01-08 at 06:58 PM.