100 kilometer ride turns into 100 miles
Now that I'm officially 65 years old I set out to do my 3rd 100k ride on the Halfbike. I began at 2:00 AM in order to get a good distance in before the south Florida sun started to bake. The more I rode, the more I thought about stretching it out farther than 62, or even my age of 65. As it turned out, when I reached 65 miles I was still a good distance from home so I decided to go for 100 Miles.
It was already very hot and I knew it would get hotter as the morning went on. I kept refilling my water bottle and managed to stay well hydrated. At 73 miles I was ready for some air conditioning so I stropped at a convenience store for a couple bananas, an iced decaf, iced water, and about 30 minutes of a/c.
About 80 miles in the skies began to get refreshingly overcast, then a light rain lasted for a short time which I enjoyed very much : ) I was riding the Halfbike 2, and fatigue was starting to set in so almost every time I had to stop for traffic signals I downshifted all the way to 1st, in order to make it easier to pedal away again!! At 91 miles I had one last rest stop under the shade trees.. it felt so good to lay in the grass with a strong wind blowing.
When I got closer to home I had to circle some blocks to make 100 miles, but mission accomplished!