Since temps were still in the mid 40's I opted to wear my jacket and shorts. I knew that once the sun was up it would warm up enough to go sleeveless. We rolled out at 8am and immediately the course dropped us into beautiful, rolling, country hills. We passed vineyards, farming land, and fields of amazing flowers. There truly was not a mile of the course that I did not like.
At each rest stop (3 total) I took opportunity to fuel up. The key to the endurance riding (any endurance sport for that matter) is not to fall behind on calories. I had no problem with this. With each stop also came the need for a bathroom break. Urine was clear so that was a great sign that I was plenty hydrated.
Even now I am amazed that just a few months ago I only considered riding the 35 mile route of this event thinking that there would be no way to be ready for 80 miles. Truly amazing!!
5 bottles of sports drink
3 sports bars
4 peanut butter crackers
1 ginger ale
Ride time : 5 hrs 20 minutes
Total miles for this past week: 156
So now I am moving on to getting ready for another event ride next weekend. Rather than rolling hills this one will have mountains. Need to have these legs ready. :)