Happy Independence Day everyone! Woo Hoo! I actually am working today, but sneaking in a picnic. Long post ahead, fyi.
So, the 100-mile ride yesterday. Surprised? So were we! The plan was for 85 miles. We started the day with a good brekkie. I had banana custard oats topped with some extra almond butter and fluff. I wanted to boost the calories a little bit.
Plus 2 cups of cafe au lait! We then headed out at about 9 am. We headed south this time on a nice bike lane for the first 25 miles. Saw an Osprey, too – how cool!
They put a nest box on the top of telephone pole, and it got put to use! Yay for being green
After 15 miles, we took our first snack stop:
There was a lot of food consumed on this ride, I will say….
More long road. It was nice and quiet today, too. Must be the holiday weekend. This is looking behind me, not ahead.
We were feeling pretty good, but I was starting to get hungry around mile 30. We knew it would be a while before we hit lunch, so we stopped and had more food.
I love pears during biking. I always get a boost from them and say I am powered by pear! Ate this while waiting for a train to pass.
Never had that happen before!
I was really fatigued around mile 38 or so. I actually was wondering about how to get through the rest of the day at this point. 40-ish miles tends to be some kind of sticking point for me. It also was longer than we normally go without a larger meal. This wasn’t totally planned to go this far without lunch, but there was no place to eat!
We finally arrived at Clifton Park at mile 42 and hangry for lunch. We just happened to pass an Indian restaurant featuring a lunch buffet. Perfect! I knew I could eat just as much as I wanted without worrying about how big a portion was.
I had another plate like this and a bit of rice pudding. I tried to have mostly carbs and avoid anything greasy or oily. So good! I wish this place were closer to home. (Mom, you need to come to this buffet).
After lunch and a carb fill up, we picked up a few snacks at the grocery store. We forgot to get coconut water (booo!) and this store didn’t have any, so we got some vitamin water. Not bad, but not my coconut water. We headed through some nice towns and on some bike path for another 20 miles to Saratoga. We knew we wanted to hit the Cupcake Lab again, so that is where we stopped. With a giant iced coffee!
This was at mile 63. I inhaled that coffee. Amazing how much liquid you consume on these long rides, and yet no potty needs! The nice people at this cafe filled up my water bottle with filtered water, too. I look surprisingly fresh here after 60+ miles….
While eating the cupcakes, we started making noises about going for the whole 100 miles during this ride. We were 20 miles from home, so that would have been about 85 anyway. This ride had hills, but not as many as some of our previous rides, so we were feeling really good. Plus the nice wide bike lanes we rode and the ones we knew coming up were very relaxing to be on. We decided to assess a bit later.
Top of a big hill (again looking back). Our stops started to become more frequent just to get a little more fuel:
By this point, I really wanted to go all 100 miles. I had my 2nd wind at this point, I was feeling good. Not to mention the thought of going out and doing this *again* with more miles was enough to make me want to keep going.
John wanted something a little more substantial to eat, so we hit up Mr. Bills (drive-in type place) around mile 85 or so. He had shrimp and fries, but that was so unappealing to me at this point. I had my 2nd pear of the day (pear power!) and nibbled on some of his fries for the salt factor. We solidified our decision to do the whole ride here:
Note the late setting sun. We were a little worried about running out of daylight, so no dawdling now!
We pressed on and I started singing and generally really enjoying myself. Was that delirium? I don’t know….
Here is a little video from the path
You can’t hear me very well, but I was babbling on about being tired and seeing through time. The odometer was reading 7 hours and 15 minutes and the distance was 89 miles. So close at this point! We’ll just ignore the safety factor of biking and taking a simultaneous video….
We finally rolled to home taking a few loops to get to 100 miles.
John super happy!
Distance: 100.2 miles
Time: 8 hours and 9 minutes of ride time (not including stops)
Speed: 12.4 mph
Calories burned: 2975 – Holy frijole!
Assessment: This was hard, but funny that the 70 mile ride we did a couple weeks ago seemed harder for some reason. We had perfect conditions today and going that extra bit just made sense to us. I am so proud of both of us. Amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it!
Would I do it again? Maybe. I certainly could. However, it just takes up so much time. 8 hours of riding plus stops and we were gone for about 12 hours. Can’t do much else on a day like that. It will be nice to settle down to lesser distance rides. I think 40 to 50 miles is enough for me.
Oh, we walked and had some ice cream at 10 pm last night LOL! My legs are a little tired today, but really not bad at all, although my butt hurts today