new york city to montauk. 100 miles. the longest bike ride i’ve ever done in my life. i doubt i’ve even done 100 miles so far in 2011!
i practiced with some semi-long rides in the weeks leading up to the race, including one hard, hilly 50-something miler into piermont and back. i fell behind so much that i could have stopped for tea breaks and my friends wouldn’t have noticed! the fun part about riding long distances, as opposed to running them, is that you can pretty much eat and drink all you want through the course.
anyway, the 100 miles are done. our group finished the day hanging at montauk manor, eating as much as we could and taking in as much pool and hot tub time as we could.
the ride was incredibly fun, and relatively flat, thank goodness. no hard moments to speak of, except for one ridiculous flat tire at mile 70. the entire ride took about 8 hours, with about an hour and a half wasted walking the flat to the rest area and fixing it. oops. carry spares, patch kits; lesson learned.