No, that doesn’t mean that I dress up in 1st Century attire and bike around Chicago (I’m not even sure what 1st Century attire would be). It means that I biked 100 miles in a single day. It’s actually something that on Friday I decided I wanted to try to do. The most I’ve ever biked in a day is 60 miles, so I wanted to push myself and make sure that I could ride the longer distances. After today I feel like I should be able to complete the longer 80+ mile days during RAGBRAI.
This morning I set out for my 100 mile ride, but didn’t actually know if I would complete it… mainly because I wasn’t sure if my body would hold together on a ride that long. I’ve been having knee issues lately, along with neck, back, and hand issues. I figured I would just keep going until I couldn’t go anymore… and that I did. I took my normal route up to the Chicago Botanic Garden along the North Branch Trail, and did a couple loops up there before I headed back home.
Amazingly, everything pretty much held together for the entire ride. I had some slight knee pain and a little pinching in the neck, but nothing that was really holding me back from finishing. Actually, the one thing that was bothering me, was my butt. It was a pain in the ass… literally. I could hardly sit on my seat for the last 20 miles. It started bothering me around mile 70, but I knew I couldn’t give up at that point. I just don’t understand why the saddle on a road bike has to be so uncomfortable. I may switch that out before I head to RAGBRAI… my old bike has a better saddle (can I please just call it a seat? I feel like I’m riding a horse when I call it a saddle).
Anyway, I’ll quit blabbering and just bore you with the details. Yes, that’s right, I’m not going to spare you the details, I’m going to bore you with them. Enjoy:
- Total Miles: 100.39 miles (I was precise in my planning)
- Total Time: 7 hours 45 minutes
- Average Speed: 14.5 mph (I was at about 16, but I slowed down a lot during the last 20 miles)
- Max Speed: 23.8 mph
- Avg Heart Rate: 140
- Max Heart Rate: 162
- Calories Burned: 4,943 (Is that even possible? Seems crazy…)
I also weighed myself when I got home and I had lost 4 lbs. I didn’t know you could lose that much weight in a day. I’m sure I’ll gain it back in a few hours once I have an actual meal. All I ate the entire time was a couple granola bars, two good size cookies, a snickers bar… I got hungry. I brought the granola bars, but then after mile 80 I had to stop at a gas station and get some junk food. Felt good. Felt real good.