Random thoughts are the best I can do.
- It was nowhere near as painful as I expected it to be in the second half. I thought I would be ready to quit after 60 but I never felt like I just couldn't keep going.
- It's fun to do an organized ride where it is all planned out for you. I think the fact that others were out there too contributed to the "I'm not going to cut this short attitude."
- I rode this one alone and would like to do a century where I rode with someone.
- I had friends there but they were faster or doing a different length.
- I took nowhere near as many pictures as I thought I would. I thought maybe I'd take one picture each ten miles but didn't want to stop every ten.
- I love riding in the Islands but did not love all the hills on the other side of the lake at the end.
- Love love love having aid stations where people make sandwiches for you among other things. Peanut butter and jelly. YES PLEASE!
- I was glad it was cloudy as it was cooler but unfortunately it was cloudy because it was going to dump on us.
- Note to self: if rain is in the forecast bring dry clothes to put on afterwards. Duh.
- I'm not one to stop short on a goal I have made.
- Going to a party after where everyone thinks you are a rock star is quite fun. It was not a party for me, it was for my BIL who is visiting from FL.
- If you're going to be out there for 7 hours pick a scenic route.
- It's very easy to start out too fast in a ride that is not a race and try to keep up with the faster bikers.
- I loved my 14 mile pace which I checked as that is the distance in my sprint.
- I was pleased with my pace overall. It was 14.5 for 100 miles and in my world that is great.
- My left hand was killing me. It has happened on the other longer rides I have done too. I can't get it comfortable even with lots of changing of positions. I don't know if it is left over from the broken wrist or just a repetitive stress thing. The other hand was fine even though it was in the same position.
- It is hard to shift when your hand hurts and I found myself avoiding it. This made the last miles slower.
- It is also hard to brake hard when your hand hurts but a couple of steep hills that ended at stop signs made this necessary. My brakes weren't liking the whole downpour thing so this was interesting.
- I hit a small pothole and lost my second water bottle. I stopped and looked but could not find it and I was not going to go on my hands and knees looking through the tall grass.
- It may have poured but it did not thunder and lightning which was in the forecast. That was a huge worry for me.
- I was ravenous all night last night. On my way home I stopped at McDonalds (don't judge) as it was exactly what I wanted. I got a quarter pounder, french fries and a shake!! It was glorious.
- I kept eating at the party we went too. Man, was I hungry!
- Today even though I would have said I felt just fine I have done nothing and had no energy. I finally got myself to Burlington to leave off my camera which I won't have for two weeks! I am not happy about that. My phone doesn't take good pictures either.
- And I just signed up for the triathlon I've been thinking about next weekend.
Here I am before the race well rested and raring to go.
These two pictures are on the East Shore where I have taken many pictures,It is my favorite part for sure.
I always like the look of these round bales scatteredthrough a field.
Now I'm on the West Shore heading toward Alburg.I'm not yet halfway.
I think this is around 80ish miles. It is the first of the hills.You are looking back at St. Albans Bay I believe. It is worththe stop to look and take a picture, nothing to dowith needing to rest.
All four of the above pictures are from the same spot.
Loved these yellow arrows which showed me the way, letme know I wasn't lost, let me not think. Rightafter I took this it started pouring.
Just looking back at a hill I had just come up.
Back at the beach where it started and it is continuingto pour.