My 1st Century Bike Ride
This is a copy of an email I sent to my son and will serve as my “post” for my 1st century ride.
Here’s a link to a lot of the pictures. I’m only in one near the end as I’m the one that took them all.
Wow! What a day!
Today there was a special ride setup for Susie so she could do her 1st Century. We had to call her “Princess” all during the ride as part of the rules. (It was all tongue in cheek and a lot of fun)
So some people started at 7:00 am and put in 17 miles right off the bat, but most all the other people, 18 total, showed up and we left Spokane @ 8:00 AM.
I had my usual oatmeal, toast (No butter), coffee and milk and brought with me two gels and figured I’d buy some power bars on the road as we had 3 stops planned for the total mileage. (That was a mistake)
We were supposed to go no more than 15 MPH so as to make sure Susie could finish. (HA!) Well that went right out the window right at the start. All 18 of us took off and as soon as we got on the road we were doing 20 MPH or more.
This was my 1st century AND my 1st time on my bike with snap in pedals (Speed Play) and my new Carnac shoes. (Normally $216.00, I got them for $45 as they were last years model…big deal!) So here I am, about to do a 100 mile bike ride with never before worn shoes and with no experience riding with cleats! DUH!
So off we went to the Centennial trail and what a beautiful day, blue skies and about 68 when we started. (Warmed up to probably 74 or so).
So due to the high water we had to take a detour and of course we had to stop and talk about it, so as I was pulling up (yes, I was last) I tried to get my right shoe out of the cleat and I didn’t make it in time, and over I went! RIGHT IN FRONT OF EVERYONE! We all had a good laugh, and once we decided where we were going we started to take off and a father and son team on a tandem fell over too! Perfect!
Well, we were heading to Coeur d’Alene and pretty much took the trail until we got to Post Falls and then we went on the south side of the river where I had never been and it was very pretty, but there was a BIG and LONG hill about four miles after we turned on to that road. But it was so stinking pretty! Big Big farms and pastures with cows and horses and one heck of a long long hill! If I had to guess, it probably was a 1.5 mile hill and not a whole lot of recovery spots, just a lot of climbing! But Susie was a champ! She never looked tired the entire climb, nor anywhere on the 100 miles! She was amazing!
We finally got to the top of that hill, and waited for everyone else to catch up, and once we had caught our breath we reapped our reward from such a tough climb…..a MONSTER down hill section that featured a beautiful view of the lake. But we were flying so fast you didn’t really have time to appreciate it.
We rolled into CDA park, took a bathroom break and then headed up to the other side of the lake to Higgins point which wasn’t too bad of a climb, but a climb none the less.
By that time I was out of gel and very very hungry and so I raced back to downtown CdA and stoped at the Iron Horse for a mushroom burger, fries and a Blue Moon beer. Mmmmm-Mmmmm.
Back on the road after about 45 minutes and was pretty uneventful until around the 80 mile mark when I ran out of gas, but thank goodness we had planned on stopping at mile 83. So after a refuel, (kiesh and a frozen coffee drink) we headed back to the start, but we were going to be short of the 100 miles by about 10 miles.
So when we got back to Spokane we rode downtown, then back out to the trail we just came in on and at about 96 miles I noted the time as 6 hours of riding (My clock stopped during our breaks so that was real ridding time.) and once again I was feeling pretty fatigued, and was very glad when we pulled into the finish at 100.8 miles and 6:27:00.
Six hours!! SIX HOURS!!!!!!! HOLY SMOKE!! That is a long time to be pedaling!!! But what a day to do my 1st 100.
After we finished, Neil, the guy who put on this whole thing for Susie was waiting there with beer and Gatorade. What a guy! (He’s a few years older than me and a great athlete!)
He poured a beer for Susie and I had Gatorade and was very thankful for it.
After a while he had to leave and so Susie and another guy who finished along with us, Brandan, were sitting there sipping our drinks when all of a sudden this huge crack of thunder and flash of lighting just burst from the sky and scared the jellybeans out of us! I jumped up from the ground where I was laying and scrambled onto the deck ready to run into the house. It was pretty funny!
So we said our good byes and I’m here at home with my feet up, watching WEC (cage fighting…very frightening) and ready for bed!
Well, all I can say is…UGH!!!!!!!!!! What a fantastic day!
Dad…ah, I mean TriMoot….Out!