I’m on a mission to make 100 miles in the saddle feel easy so that I can breeze through 112 in Wisconsin.
[Also, Total 200 is just 2 weeks away.]
Second hilly century of the season = PROGRESS.
After a weekend away from my bike, I wanted to get a solid ride in. So I met up with Anna at the early but reasonable hour of 7am to head out to Poolesville/Darnestown. She wanted to ride 80, I wanted to get 100, so we picked a loop, courtesy of Tuan, that I could add to at the end (with an annoying out-and-back on McArthur and a few laps around my block). Beautiful farmland, huge homes and a peaceful escape from the city? Check. 100 miles in 5:58? Check.
When we did the Sugarloaf century on Memorial Day, the heat index was 104, the sun was bright and the group needed to stop a lot. Like every 10 miles. The conditions necessitated lots of refueling/rehydrating, of course, but all that time standing still really made the day long and hard. Plus, the hills were hell. This time around, the temperature was reasonable, the clouds cooperative, the hills tough but slightly less daunting, and we made fewer stops. So, between the conditions and knowing what to expect, this round was much easier than the first.
Another thing that was slightly better — but still not great — was my nutrition. I at a Clif bar, an Uncrustable, a pack of Shot Bloks and two Gus, but by the last 10 or so miles I could definitely feel myself fading. Both Gu packets I actually managed to eat while riding (hooray!) but I could have used another PB&J or something along the way. I took in 860 calories over 6 hours, but I burned 2,100 and then did a 30 minute brick run afterward. More fooooooooood. The good news is that it wasn’t a matter of not being able to eat — rather, I just didn’t carry enough with me. I need to get this under control or Total 200 is going to be one long sufferfest.
One reason I love riding in from this loop and other ones like it is that I can stop at Jettie’s for post-ride goodness. I usually just take it to go and shove it in my jersey pocket for the 3-mile trek home. I don’t need to stink up the whole place with my dirty, sweaty self. And on Saturday at lunchtime, it was super crowded. Sorry! In any case, Jettie’s has a new summer sandwich — the name of which escapes me — with heirloom tomatoes, avocado, pesto, sprouts, chedder jack cheese and celery salt on multigrain. Um, yes please.
After running, stretching, foam rolling and ice bathing, I finally managed to get to my refueling. Spent the rest of the afternoon with my feet up before heading to Girls’ Night Out — a much-needed release. Of course, I would have been really happy with a few other recovery methods…
I’ve got another long ride on the calendar this Saturday but probably will only hit 90 or so. Then it’s ON — my day-long date with Felt.
How was your weekend?