The thing is, I didn’t plan on riding 100 miles.
That’s always how it starts, doesn’t it?
Yeah, the weather was absolutely perfect. And yeah, I felt fresh after a week off the bike. But it didn’t feel like a 100-mile day when I kitted up. I didn’t even have enough fuel for 100 miles. I didn’t have a real breakfast that morning, and I didn’t sleep enough the night before. I didn’t stock up on bars or fill my bottles with Skratch. It was just a Monday and I was riding…and I’d just see how far I could get.
My first century attempt was a massive disappointment. I threw in the towel at 88 miles; I didn’t have another mile in my legs. Afterwards, I was a useless, salty heap feeling all kinds of sorry for myself in the front seat of my SUV.
That was four months ago, and I didn’t think I’d crush my goal just four months later.
Two weeks ago I rode 210 miles in 5 days on top of a 50+ hour work week…and I was BEAT. So I took a full week off the bike. I did a few light trail runs, hikes, and walks but that’s about it. I wanted to flush the inflammation out of my legs and feel mentally excited to get on the bike again. Normally I feel bad turning down bike plans with friends, but I didn’t even feel like putting on a helmet.
But last Monday, my legs were so ready for it.
That morning felt like any other day on the bike, except I had the day off work and only laundry on my to-do list.
I started climbing almost immediately. A week off, remember?
By halfway I think I had a couple thousand feet of elevation gain and I was feeling amazing. When I came back into town around mile 65, 35 more didn’t sound like a big deal. So right there at a random stoplight in South Boulder…I decided to go for it.
Other than stopping at a gas station in Louisville for Powerade and Clif Bars, those next 35 miles weren’t anything exciting. I ticked off the miles on the flats in the sunshine. And when I finally FINALLY heard my watch beep beep beep into the triple digits, I got my of bike and threw my hands in the air. It was just me and maybe it was all a little anti-climactic, but I did the damn thing. And it would live on in Strava until the end of time 🙏🏻😭
Everyone keeps saying I’ll get addicted to hundreds now that I’ve finally completed one…and I can totally see that happening. It’s extremely satisfying and just a fun day on the bike.
Push on, PUSH ANIMALS >>>