A few months ago I wrote this post, mentioning how I wanted to ride the Rapha Women's 100, which was yesterday. I didn't do quite as many long rides as I'd planned as preparation, but I guess I did enough. I also happened to have nearly perfect weather; overcast, about 26 degrees, and manageable humidity. It threatened rain all morning, and while I got a few patches of drizzle, I didn't get rained on for the 100.
|I love this bike and my matchy-matchy yellow shoes and socks.|
Without doing a big gear review, I rode my trusty Gary Fisher Cronus, with amazing Continental Grand Prix 4000S tires (700 x 25). I won't ever go back to 23s, and will be checking to see if I can fit 28s on this bike when it comes time to replace the tires.
I stopped at km 60 to eat (plain Ruffles chips and water) and again at km 80 to drink (coffee, chocolate milk, and pineapple coconut water for the road), and ate two cashew Lara Bars and a tube of lime Cliff Shot Bloks as well. Cycling nutrition is a piece of cake compared to swimming or running nutrition, because you can a) eat at all, and b) eat solid food. The chips were the best decision I made all day, as I am evidently a really salty sweater. Live and learn.
|Snapped this picture at exactly 100 km. Then it started to rain. Hard.|
In all, I was surprised at how well this ride went. I had sporadic twinges of knee pain from km 90 on, but they seem to be gone today. I expected to hit some sort of huge mental or physical block, but aside from a brief visit to the doldrums from km 85-90, there was very little mental battle for me. The roads I rode on were beautiful, and I only had to contend with fast or heavy traffic for a short portion of my ride (Dunrobin Road). You can see my route here, if you're so inclined. I hit 100 km at 3:34, which works out to 28km/hr for a hundred kilometers, solo. I rode considerably more slowly, in my raincoat, the rest of the way home. I think I smiled the whole time.
|Home! Success! HUNGRY!|
I can't promise that thoughts of a proper century haven't crossed my mind. That might take some actual training, and a few more snack stops. I might want company for that ride. Stay tuned!