Mad River Glen
Sugarbush North in the background.
The same Century ride that I did last year is in 3 weeks. Can I do it? I did 60 today and I.AM.BEAT!
Last year the most I had done before the ride was 60 but I don't remember being so tired after the 60. Next weekend I have a duathlon and will not be riding long. I am not sure about the following weekend so this may be it. The Century is flat until the last 15 miles. Today I was riding a 40 mile route that I was going to add to so I went up the mountain right away to do 5 up, 5 down. I had never ridden this before and anyone who saw me may have thought I was heading over one of the mountain gaps in the region that so many riders go over. NOPE. I wasn't feeling that hard core but I will say even what I did was a bit of a challenge. The last mile in particular was tough and I was sweating like a pig when I got to the ski area. Then I turned around for that blessed downhill although I rode my brakes pretty hard.
But I did run 8 and ride 26 yesterday so I wasn't exactly rested! Just thought of this.
You follow this river for most of the way.
So much of this ride is gorgeous.
Then I met my friend for the 40 mile ride I have done a couple of times. I was thinking it was 30 but 40 was even better. The route is beautiful and it was a perfect day. You feel like you are going to be going nothing but up on the way back but that is not the case. A route that makes you think you are going downhill in two directions is okay with me. We ended up at the Capitol building which is a great spot for a little rest and a snack.
On the way back my friend took off while I added more miles. I do like riding alone and not worrying about holding people up. I am typically the slow one in the bunch. I can stop and take pictures and go my own pace. When I got back to my car I needed 3 more miles. HUGE groan. But I did it even though I so didn't want to. I had actually accepted early on that I would only be doing 40 or so as I was feeling quite spent. But I got a second wind, knew I would do at least 50 and couldn't resist going after my original goal of 60.