About 30 minutes in we got rained on for maybe an hour. Cooled us off a bit, but not fun to have slushy shoes. And some of the steep hills were a little scary with the wet roads.
Stopped to help a guy change a flat (his second) early on. Glad it wasn't us on our second flat. That bites.
The volunteer aid station head lady was a hoot. She was like a big cheerleader. Kept trying to make us eat (maybe she was part Italian). I told her we did all liquid nutrition and she still kept trying to make us eat a PB&J sandwich and drink a Yohoo. Who drinks Yohoo on a century ride? Then she kept trying to make us sit down in her van and relax. Looney. But sweet. At the end of the ride she cheered for us and gave me a smooch. Really quite bazarre.
Didn't see too much that was noteworthy. Saw some country kids at one point and the little girls were singing over and over "I like your bike! I like your bike! I like your bike!". We smiled and said thanks then their big dogs ran out and chased us. Nice.
The ride went by pretty quickly. Ticked the miles off 10 at a time and it seemed to go by relatively fast. Felt good until about 80 miles in. Pain in the upper back and neck and left hand went numb. Also - note to self - clip toenails before IMFL. Youch. The bear claw thing does not work out well on 100 mile rides.
Glad I brought extra "lube" in small baggie for the ride. Reapplied after each pit stop and it really helped. Definitely need to do this at IM.
For nutrition, we did 1 scoop perpetuem with 1 scoop endurolyte powder and 1 shot hammer gel per hour with about 20 oz of water. This seems to work well - no stomach issues and no bonking.
What would you do differently?:
Nothing really. The hills made it a rough ride, but pleased with the ride overall.
Changed clothes. Drank recovery drink. Tried to regain feeling in left hand.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Rain, hills, and lack of cops stopping traffic at intersections.
The only reason we did this century instead of riding the 100 on our own was to benefit from the cops stopping traffic at intersections so we could get a more accurate idea of average pace. There was no traffic direction at all and they ran out of food at the post-race "party". They were nice enough and gave us $20 for food. They also loaded us up with bananas, oranges, and water.
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Ate a banana and checked radar to see when rain was going to move through.