Today I took on the Worcester Classic 100 mile bike ride. It was only my third outing on my bike - the other two distances being 17 and 25 miles respectively.
Needless to say, jumping to 100 miles was an extreme challenge. By 40 miles my back was killing me, and I was beginning to tire. To make matters worse, my Garmin bike computer not only showed me the remaining distance (which was fine), it also insisted on calculating the remaining time. Being told there is another 6 hours and 30 minutes to go can be disheartening.
As luck would have it, I met an ex army guy named Tom at the beginning of the ride. We'd never met before, but he had seen me training at David Lloyd's and knew I was training for the Channel. We ended up sticking together, on and off, for the last 60 or so miles, and really kept each other going.
I completed the ride in a cycle time of 7 hours 42 minutes and 16 seconds (rest times were additional to that).
All in all, a real endurance test, and one I'm proud to have successfully completed. Thanks again to Tom for helping me round!
One time soldier, part-time author, full-time training manager, husband and father.