Ride Report 2012 Amtrak Century--I survived!
I wasn't sure how I'd do but seeing the masses of various out-of-shape bodies in the parking structure gave me confidence. I called 2 pals and their friends that I was running late so don't wait for me. I finally took off at 6:40 AM and found a well-paced group that I stayed with thru the first support stop in San Juan Capistrano. I ended up riding about 2/3 of the ride solo but found a few groups to work with along the way. Most riders were safe but there were the usual weavy-line folks who don't group ride and don't call out hazards. Weather was nice and not too hot at first. I felt pretty good on the Torrey Pines climb at Mile 80. Some show off guy sprinted past me halfway up it only to have me find him around the hill's corner, off his bike doubled over. The ride support was awesome--tons of food from Bristol Farms, water and g-ade. The frozen pineapple fruit bars at the top of Torrey were super good.
One minor drag was having to take buses from SD up to Carlsbad before boarding the trains because of closed RR tracks. Another thing was that the course seemed slow due to this year's route using some streets with a ton of slow-turning and short-green light signals. We lost a lot of time with those. So much so that small groups of riders would catch up so we'd have 200 riders waiting at lights--lots of pissed of drivers as a result.
Overall, super fun, saw a few gnarly crashes. My Strava glitched as my phone's battery waned but what I gathered off my bike computer, HRM and a friend's Garmin is that I went 102 miles, avg'd about 15.6 mph, spent 6.6 hours in the saddle, 1.4 hours at stop lights and breaks, climbed 3325 ft and burned 6500 calories. I'm super sore, time for more tylenol.