In my post, Humble Beginnings, I wrote: “If I wanted to go out for a 100 mile ride tomorrow I could do it without worrying about whether or not I’d finish.”
I decided I’d put my money where my mouth is and I signed up for a Century on Saturday, the Tour des Lacs in Fenton. I had known about the ride but thought about riding a shorter distance with Mrs. BDJ but a few of the guys at the club ride on Tuesday asked if I’d be riding at the Tour and the misses hadn’t expressed any interest since our fist conversation about it (and we didn’t have a sitter lined up) so I figured what the heck… Just to make it tough, I’ve got a time limit too. On my 2012 Goals page I’ve got a time of 6-1/2 hours to complete the Assenmacher 100. My wife has a party to attend to at 3:00 so I’ll have the kids, and 5-1/2 hours to complete the 100 miles and have enough time to get home.
The way I see it, I’ll be shooting for 19 mph for the full hundred with 15 minutes for water refills and nature stops.
I am contemplating breaking a serious cycling rule by removing my water bottle cages and opting for a backpack H20 system. If I go that route, I’m assured that I won’t run out of water (I’m only good for 40 miles with two water bottles) and I can keep all of my repair equipment in the backpack so I’ll be able to lose the saddle bag. The upside is better drafting potential in a group – it’s a well-known fact that when drafting, the bike carries the largest amount of drag. As well, taking a drink from a Camelbak is a lot easier than reaching down whilst pedaling, grabbing a bottle and taking a swig, especially in a group of riders that I won’t know ahead of time. The downside is that I’ll be carrying a lot of weight on my back that I normally wouldn’t and that will be a huge stress on my arms and back that I’m not accustomed to – not to mention my bruised kidney which has been quite on the mend, but is still sore from time to time. I’ll have to see how that one plays out in my head. I have used my backpack once before on a 50 mile ride. I hated it for the first 20 miles and loved it for the last 30. On my 90 mile 4th of July ride I stuck with the water bottles.
Either way, here goes nothing.