It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend this Saturday and Sunday! I have asked two friends to go camping with me and they have declined to join so camping has been shot. So now I have new plans that will benefit me! On Sunday July 28, 2013 I plan to wake up early in the morning an attempt my first century ride by road bike. A century ride is 100 miles! I planned a route of Google Maps that appears to be exactly 100 miles. Google said it would take 8 hours by bicycle but with me, I will probably be more like 10 hours, LOL.
The farthest I have road biked was 70 miles last year when attempting to do 100 miles 2 weeks after I got my first road bike. I also went south of Giant City State Park (Illinois) during that ride and that means lots and lots of hills! So this time, I am going north instead! There will still be a few hills but nothing like Giant City State Park and south, not even close to that hilly madness!
Now is the time to prepare! I need to go to the city (Carbondale) and buy me some GU-Gel packs, clifbars, electrolyte packs and anything else I find that will keep me alive, LOL. Since my last attempt at 100 miles, I have lost about 60-70 pounds, gained better performance on hills and have rode a lot more since then. I can easily do 114 miles in a week so I think I need to step it up and do 100 miles in a day. Plus last year, it was in the 100s and fairly windy so with the hot, the wind and the hills and also the lack of road experience, it was a disaster waiting to happen! This year I also have “clip-less” pedals, so I am hoping that improves riding as well!
So wish me luck, keep me in your thoughts and pay attention to my Facebook profile on Sunday because I will keep everyone updated on where I have made it to and so on. If anyone out there wants to go with me, please let me know! I welcome a partner to ride with! If I can do this 100 miles on Sunday, then next time I attempt another century, it will be south of Giant City State Park!
Meteorological Update: Sunday is supposed to be Sunny, 78 Degrees (F) and calm west winds up to 5 MPH! Let’s hope it stays that way!