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Century Rides 2011 — Round #2

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?



13 thoughts on “Century Rides 2011 — Round #2

  1. 100 miles under 6? Who are you and can I please have some of your speed?

    Posted by emily | June 13, 2011, 8:15 AM
  2. Great Century ride this weekend! Can’t wait to hear about total 200

    Posted by Sarah | June 13, 2011, 8:31 AM
  3. Great ride! I’m so impressed that you can a. do it so fast and b. are doing 200 soon.

    Posted by Liz | June 13, 2011, 9:29 AM
  4. Nice job! I thought it would be getting the legs in shape for riding 100. Nope! Its getting the butt in shape. I got 4.5 hours of staying in Aero on Saturday before my butt couldn’t take that position any more.

    Keep it up!

    Posted by Jon | June 13, 2011, 9:45 AM
  5. Holy *)^*^&%(& you biked six hours and THEN ran??? I am a complete wus. You need like 3 massage therapists. For real.

    Posted by Victoria (District Chocoholic) | June 13, 2011, 9:49 AM
  6. I always have a really hard time packing enough nutrition on myself/my bike for long rides like this. I usually try and make at least one stop at a gas station or something where I can suck down some incredibly healthy food like soft pretzels or donuts. 🙂

    I might be down for 90 next weekend, let me know your plans!

    Posted by katie | June 13, 2011, 9:51 AM
  7. also, I have only been to Jettie’s once, but it rivals the post-ride burrito for sure.

    Posted by katie | June 13, 2011, 9:52 AM
  8. Holy shit thats a fast century training ride!! Nice work!

    Posted by Beth | June 13, 2011, 11:12 AM
  9. You are super speedy. Nice job on the ride!

    I need to figure out how to get faster.

    Posted by amy | June 13, 2011, 11:20 AM
  10. You are crazy fast! My goal is to do a century ride next spring 🙂

    Posted by Shannon | June 13, 2011, 11:41 AM
  11. My butt hurts just thinking about riding 100 miles! I can’t believe you are doing 200 in a few weeks! You are going to be extremely well prepared for that IM. 🙂

    Posted by Allison | June 14, 2011, 5:29 PM
  12. I’m so impressed with you, girl! I’m glad you had a buddy for most of your ride, that’s so great. I know I got pretty lonely on my long rides training for Kinetic when all of my friends abandoned me after I got over like 30 miles, lol. Which is why I’m super excited to be meeting some fellow tri buddies that are even more hardcore than me;)

    Posted by Erin @ untilyoutri | June 16, 2011, 6:22 PM

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