First off, thank you all so much for your comments on my 100-pound anniversary. Nothing like tooting your own horn, right? 😀 Guess that is what a blog is all about.
So, yesterday was a really long bike ride and I needed to decompress last night, so I saved the recap until today.
We wanted a somewhat early start. I fueled up with some custard steel cut oats cooked with a banana and topped with PB and J.
Plus half of a granola bar. We filled up the bags with water, snacks, and sunscreen. I got all decked out. John said I looked like I was ready to ‘kick his pants.” So, here is me trying to look all tough.
These are the sunglasses that I won over at Ginesa’s blog. They are pretty nifty, I have to say.
We had a 70-mile route planned out. It was bright and sunny. I applied sunscreen 3 times during the ride today. There was a headwind going south for about 12 miles or so, but we made good time. Long empty road for a while:
Nice size bike lane, though. Then we hit the first hill. My goal today was really not to walk up any hills. I could stop and rest, but no walking. We crested the first big hill and saw an apple orchard:
They are open all year and serve cider donuts and coffee. Must come back here for that! This was around mile 14? Had a date to get a bit of sugar in the blood stream. Love the dates. We climbed some more hills, and then I needed a little more energy:
Have I mentioned how much I adore coconut water?
We got to Saratoga after 24 miles. It was lunch time! We tried a new place called Cupcake Lab. They serve breakfast all day – you know I was all over that! I had a breakfast burrito grilled on the press:
After we finished the entree, you know a cupcake was going to be had!
Springtime strawberry. Strawberry cupcake with strawberry icing. It was good and the perfect size, too. As we left, there was a parade going on. Not quite sure what it was for, but it was a big one. Here are some bagpipers that went by in front of us:
We watched about 5 minutes of the parade and crossed the street when we could. With tummies full, we continued on.
After we hit mile 45 and just getting into the hilly part of the Lake George section of the ride, I started to get some self doubt. I had gone 60 miles before, but not with hills at the end. I was totally dreading the hill we affectionately named “the b*itch” because it is a long slow climb and then a steep ending. We stayed at the bottom of that section while I was feeling a little overwhelmed and scared about making it, sort of feeling a little tearful. Silly, I know, but endurance events really bring out some strange emotional responses – who knew? I knew that climb wouldn’t be fun at all, but I decided to give it a shot after waiting a bit. Finally made it to Lake George at mile 55:
This is always such a pretty shot. You come through the path and the trees to this. There was also another parade going on here! It was a firefighters parade and it was almost 4 hours long. Can you believe that? We came near the end. We sat and had snacks in a flower garden:
I think John was choking on his coconut water here? I had a pear. I got my second wind at this point. I seem to have some sort of sticking point around mile 40-45 in our rides, then I am okay. I also knew there was a big ice cream filled carrot waiting for me in another 9 miles!
We knew there was only 15 miles to go at this point, so we pressed on. I actually was feeling much better and climbed the 2-mile hill back the other way pretty steady. That second wind is really an amazing thing when it happens. We stopped at Cooper’s Cave at mile 64 for some ice cream. The real deal. I had to choose carefully, because we only get the real stuff infrequently. I had some pumpkin pie ice cream topped with wet walnuts:
Dear lordy that was so good. I think I reached nirvana when I took a bite. After 64 sweaty, hot miles of biking, it was sublime. Look at this face!
After that bit of blissdom, we pushed it out home.
Mileage: 70 miles
Average speed: 12.7 mph
Top speed: 29.0 mph
Time: 5 hours 32 minutes (not including stops)
Calories burned: 2160 (even knocking of 10% for slowed metabolism, that is still 1800).
Assessment: This was a tough ride. It really makes me understand the enormity of 100 miles. We need to tack on another 30 miles onto this ride. It really is a test of endurance, both physically and mentally. I’m still not sure exactly *why* I want to do 100 miles, I just do.
I really heart my biking buddy, too:
I don’t know if I could do it without him!