Today was the third time I have ridden the Salt Lake Century -- 100 mile bike ride. It may be the last.
The first third was great -- good speed, fun. The second third was okay but introduced the pain on the underside. The last third, even after some food, was bonk-city.
It seems that my genes do not lend them well to typical cycling speeds and endurance. For the first third, I averaged 20 mps. The second third saw it fall to 16 mph. The final third was 13 mph, plus a few too many stops to rest.
The four guys I went to the ride with did real good. It was their first road ride. They cranked it out like a walk in the park.
I think the next time I do one of these long road rides, I'll opt for the 67 mile or metric century. Seems to be the magic distance for me.
Raised in Ohio; educated in Southern California and Utah; served an LDS Spanish-speaking mission in Northern California; lived and worked in Texas (1 year), Missouri (3), Minnesota (5), Utah (16), Arizona (1.5); traveled to 49 states and 29 countries; one wife and four children.