Holstein 100 Was a Metric Century for Me
After biking for three years, I did my first supported endurance ride. I didn't do the full century, just the metric (my odometer read 68.8 miles) — but I am still really proud of myself. I did it with three other ladies and you learn a lot about your friends when you have hours upon hours in the saddle to talk. The route was fairly intense, and in hindsight I am happy the sun never made an appearance. My feet were really cold but I think that is way better than overheating. Yep, only in Nor Cal can you have 55 degree temps and whiteout fog conditions (on the top of some peaks) in late August. The route was hillier than I expected. And silly me I biked really hard at first and attacked the hills. By mile 50 I felt done, cooked — I think I might have truly "bonked." I ate some Shot Blocks by Clif (I had never tried these, but they were at all the rest stops) which helped me rally and I made it. It was beautiful though and only one fairly busy road, which also had long slow, climbs. The best part of the ride was the rollers by Tomales Bay. Super fun and pretty.
The riders were treated to a large yummy lunch at the end of the ride — lasagna and salad. And of course milk and ice cream, which makes sense since we rode past so many cows. The food at the "rest stops" was also great. Bananas, oranges, bagels with cream cheese, PB&J, hard boiled eggs, pastries, cookies (some homemade), energy bars and Gu's galore.
I hope to do this ride again next year, but I will surely pace myself better. And I think I should train more too.