Yesterday I signed up for a metric century bike rally for this Saturday (100km/~62 miles). A co-worker asked if I wanted to ride with him and a couple of his friend, and since I’m clearly well trained for the event (cough, cough, yeah right) I figured what the hell, why not?
Sure, I’ve ridden well over 2,000 miles so far this year, but it’s all been short rides. I mean, the farthest I’ve ever ridden a bike at once has been about 18 miles, so isn’t 62 miles the next logical progression? I’ve even had the thought that I might ride my bike to/from the event, which would put me at over 100 miles total. Because clearly that would be a smart decision. I have no idea what it’s like to ride for more than an hour, but I do know what it’s like to run for hours on end, and I’m making the (hopeful) assumption that hour-for-hour, a brisk run is more painful/difficult than a leisure-paced bike ride.
I don’t mean for this to sound arrogant (although I’m sure it will come across that way to people who have actual experience riding centuries and metric centuries) but I’m not worried about not being able to finish the ride despite my lack of physical preparedness. In my mind if I can mentally power through the physical pain of running a hundred miler, I can mentally power through just about anything.
I am, however, more than a little worried about how much it’s going to hurt to sit down all of next week.