I'll cut to the chase. I cleared my goal and closed out the course at 101 miles and change. Wind was thankfully minimal, and the temperatures were quite moderate. However, the nice-then-rainy-then-nice-then-rainy forecast that I'd been watching the past week actually chose a middle ground - constant spitting rain with a few downpours, but no actual heavy stuff that would have caused a safety concern.
|101.15 miles on the trip odometer|
I wasn't actually sure that I was going to make the distance until about mile 80. By mile 50, I was struggling a bit and was worried about being able to continue. I had planned to stop every 15 miles or so, but from mile 60 forward, I increased the frequency and had a short break every 10 miles. This made the interval distance more manageable (instead of saying "gawd, I have another 40 miles to do," I was saying "ok, another 10 miles to 70, I can do that...").
The rain sucked; was a huge distraction and was effectively another layer of discomfort on top of the normal discomforts of a long day on the bike. But I'll take sucky rain over sucky wind - wind grinds you down without remorse. Light rain is manageable.
I hesitate to give stats, because there are lots of guys faster than me, but here's what I did today:
- Total Distance: 101.15 miles / 162.8 km
- Moving time: 6:07:55
- Avg moving speed: 16.5 mph
- Avg speed (including time for stops): 15.6 mph
- Calories burned: 2,342
- Avg cadence (crank rpm): 82