This past Sunday (May 29th) was the first annual “new Towne Village Century Bike Ride” created by yours truly and co-organized by Bill Fanning. What a day it was.
Weather wise, we lucked out. Temps were in the 80’s most of the day. Didn’t get above 88, and the humidity was low. There was a nice breeze the entire day. It was a welcomed “treat”.
The day started off early. I was awake by 5am. I had fresh bagels to make for the riders. “Sesame, Sunflower, Oatmeal & Honey Wheat Bagels” were a-plenty. The folks that rode seemed to have really enjoyed them.
Next up: Setting up tables and loading up coolers with water, gatorade, juice pouches, Icees, etc…
Around 7:45am, I headed in to get dressed for the 8am start time.
14 riders joined us for the initial “pace lap” of 3.56 miles. I have to admit, it was a GREAT feeling seeing so many neighbors (and their children) out joining us for the maiden lap.
The 1st 50 miles were a blur. The chatting, the gorgeous weather, the neighbors waving us on all seemed to have made time speed up. Before I knew it, I’m looking at 50 miles on my bike computer. SWEET!
Physically speaking, I felt great. I was staying well-hydrated and the new position that I moved my seat into last week was working MAGIC on my “glutious maximus.” (My butt felt GREAT!) Always a good thing.
The 2nd 50 miles was a different story. The heat of the day had shown up and the constant turning in the cul-de-sacs was taking a toll on my feet. A quick change of my riding shirt made a big difference. A complete change of attire will be necessary for our 300 mile bike ride. What a refresment it was to be dry once again. Off to finish the final 50.
The breaks (some planned, some not) seemed to throw a KINK into the rythm and pace of the ride. I was not out to set a land-speeed record. I wasn’t even concerned about finishing at a certain time of day. The last 50 miles seemed to drag on.
Around 87 miles, we took a much needed 25 minute break. Only 13 more miles to go. 4 loops in the neighborhood. Getting back on that bike for the final 13 was not easy. We did though, and Bill and I ended the NTV Century Ride together. What was more than 2 years in the making was now complete. We had a mini-cheering session when we finished. We broke down the refreshment station and got the cul-de-sac all cleaned up.
102 miles down.