Today the goal was to ride fast. I decided to ride my own 100 km permanent route.
First I warmed up with 11 miles to the start.
I signed up for my first 24 hour race in Florida next year. It was time to start practicing. Like right now !
Like Greg Lemond says:
” It never gets easier, you just go faster”.
The start was in Dunkin’ Donuts at 9:22 am. Got a coffee and a few baby donuts. Then quickly poured the coffee in my water bottle and finished my food. It was already 9:30 am, and I should be biking. Time to quickly get on the saddle and start pedaling.
My fastest time on this course was four hours and twenty-five minutes. It’s really not the perfect ride to set any records. There is plenty of traffic lights , as well as decent climbing with almost 4000 feet in 65 miles. I quickly passed by the airport on Brock Bridge Rd. After many traffic lights, my speed was still at 19 Mph. Going up Whiskey Bottom Rd was not as fast as I would like. Narrow road, traffic circles and cars were slowing me down.
Soon afterwards, I crossed MD 108 and entered Clarksville. More traffic on a major road. After a busy one mile I was happy to turn left on Sheppard Ln. The road becomes so scenic.
I soon reached Dayton , Maryland. Familiar grounds as I was training in Columbia,MD a lot.
I was ascending on Folly Quarter Rd soon enough. About 200 yards before my control I recognized cyclists going the other way. It was Crista and Chuck my from DC Randonneurs. Right behind them were Mike Walli and Bob Counts. Just quickly yelled “hey I know you guys” and continued my way.
That was my first stop in 22 miles. All I can think of is – ” Make it quick and go ”
It was already hot as I started at 9:30 am. I got chocolate milk that lasted 5 seconds, and poured some cold water on my head. Ready, go !
Next stop was in another 22 miles. The crazy speed continued, and somehow I was still maintaining 18 Mph. I don’t know if that’s good speed or not , but considering the headwind and the climbing in the last part – it is okay to my standards. I even had time to take few pictures.
As I approached the second control I was feeling a bit tired. It was hard to keep up good speed.
It e was time for another bottle of water and some chocolate milk. I then poured more ice water over my head. Best feeling of the day … It was time clip on to the pedals again.
It was nice to see the new pavement a mile after this control. After speedy calculation it looked like I will be very close to get under four hours for 100 km. That would be awesome ! Except , with the approach of the finish line fatigue set in. The sun was also beaming very hard.
The last 6 miles were fun. Almost completely flat. I was even able to make up some lost time. My average speed was well above 20 Mph. Then, there was the last little hill. I had about seven minutes to finish under four hours and 2 miles to go. Except, I had to cross the busy MD 197 before reaching the last control. I made it After less than a minute wait. The last task was to patiently wait behind 5 customers , so i can get a receipt to show prove of passage.
I just completed my first 100 km (104) in three hours and 58 minutes. It was really a fun day with a bit of a pain, but it is a good start. Now I am considering a power meter and possibly a different frame. Why not even changing the wheels.
Having gone the route you’re about to already, a few things: It’s cheaper to buy the bike you want than upgrade the one you have, by a lot. Buy the best stuff you can afford but don’t ever ride anything you can’t. Speed is all about the engine, comfort is all about the bike and climbing is about the bike’s weight. Finally, power meters are great, if you use them. They’re also expensive. Power meters still need your power to spit a reading out at you… If you aren’t willing to push the pedals harder, having a thousand Dollar power meter won’t fix that. Good luck and happy cycling.
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Thanks for the reply. I am looking into all options
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Nice job finishing 100km in less than 4 hours – and with traffic lights at that!
I think though you should really invest in a power meter, it can help you on your training rides for that 24-hour race.
Plus plenty of intervals for power
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