After a little drama (created by myself) I finally decided on my ride location and arrived for a very wet beginning to my first ever 100 mile ride. A group of 7 headed out in a down pour at 7am on Saturday morning. There was no way I was bailing after I dragged my butt out of bed.
The route would be an out and back with lots of flats and a few rollers along the way. By far it was nothing like all of the climbing we have been doing during our weekend training rides. A welcomed break.
I must admit I loved every mile of this ride and this came to a surprise since I was not really "feeling it" when the alarm screamed at me to get up. But like most days, once my feet hit the floor I good. No big funny thrills to reports so here are some quick stats:
Total distance: 102 miles
Avg. pace at halfway point - 20 mph
Overall avg. pace - 19.3 mph
Avg. heart rate - 136 bpm
Max heart rate - 167 bmp (this happened maybe 4 times and then dropped back to the avg. range)
Fluids - between 85 and 95 oz.
Gels - 6
Food - 1 pb&j
Upon arriving home I showered and then slipped into my new compression Cw-X tights I scored for $40 at a local Tri shop on their sale rack. To soon to cast my opinion on whether these help with recovery but they felt good so I am happy with my purchase.
Craziest thing was that I felt great following the ride. No need for a nap. Could this be a sign of improvement?