Kind of a interesting week reading IMoo bloggers. All planning a century ride this weekend. I had a 6 hour ride blocked out on my self coached schedule and decided to include my own little century ride in the mix.
Eventhough I have done 85 and 92 mile ride in the past couple of weeks, I have not gotten to that magic triple digit number until today. I actually had couple of options on a century ride but decided on the Metro Metric XXVII, even though it was a relatively flat ride I needed a change of pace, and after riding solo in the rain in Madison on the IMWI course last week. A nice easy long ride would do the trick.
So off I started at 8:00 am. The ride went well. Fully fueled and IPOD on play for this long solo ride. I must tell you these long solo training days are always hard to get used to. Not sure how these pros and elite Triathletes due those long training days year after year.
So I figured most riders would do the shorter route because of the oncoming heat predicted for this day. And I was not wrong. For some of those stretches on the 100 mile route, I did not see a sole and felt like I was the only one crazy enough to do this century ride this day.
Then something happened to break up the boredom. As I look ahead I saw a sheet of rain in my way. Nothing to do but buckle down and keep peddling. It came fast and furious. Rain that actually stung, But I must be lucky, the SAG stop was just around the corner and I joined the rest of the riders who had huddle down in the shelter..
As the rain was brief, I set off again in the sun. So a little under 6 hours I completed my 1st official century. whew....
Then I must say, I wussed out a little bit on my brick run and only did a 3 miler. To hot and still had an hour drive home.
Glad this week is a recovery training week.
Then off to the IMWI course for another long ride.