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I once again signed up to ride the Corkscrew Century, which is part of the Highlander Cycle Tour. I could not resist! A few of my friends committed to riding it, so how could I not do the same. Peer pressure! :) Joel decided to ride the Mountaineer, which is the mountain bike version of the ride.

After I sluggishly packed the car with my cycling gear, we were ready to leave the house around 6:00 am. As we were driving towards Bristol mountain, I was suddenly wide awake. All it took was one look at the sky. I watched the most beautiful sunrise! The sky was completely orange. It was just spectacular! I was so happy to be there at that moment. I completely forgot that it was 6:00 am and that I was about to ride 100 miles.

The ride was great! The route was fairly similar to last year’s route, so I was looking forward to riding on my favorite roads (Neil’s Creek Road and the downhill on Italy Hill Road into Branchport). Also, I had a great group to ride with and the weather was beautiful, which made it even more enjoyable. In the end, I was very happy with the ride. The stats were the following: 104.3 miles, 14.9 mph average speed, 6197 feet of climbing, and 6:58:05 ride time.

Jane and I at the rest stop in Prattsburgh.

I did have a couple of hiccups during the ride. I started to feel tired around mile 75. Serves me right for not riding longer rides during the season! My longest ride prior to this century was 55 miles. I usually try to ride at least one ride that is around 75 miles. I planned one, but unfortunately it rained that day.

In addition, my right knee started to hurt around mile 85. I think that it was also due to not riding long rides. The pain lasted for the remainder of the ride. I was worried about climbing up RT 12, but I paced myself, so it ended up being fine. The scenic overviews of Canandaigua Lake were a bonus and it made it more pleasant.

Lastly, the downhill ride on RT 53 into Naples was horrid! The road was grooved in preparation of paving, so we had to ride on it. My brain felt as if it was in a blender and my hands were hurting since I was squeezing my brakes super hard. Also, this whole scenario did not help my knee.

One thing that I noticed for this particular ride was how hungry I felt after the ride. I ate a fair amount while riding. I ate 3 small peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 1 ½ bananas, 3 slices of watermelon, and a bunch of pretzel sticks. I also drank about 6 or 7 bottles of Gatorade and a bunch of water. The event also included a post ride dinner, so I ate a large plate of pasta, salad, and a roll. I thought for sure that it did the trick. But once 7:00 pm came, I was hungry again. I ate 3 pieces of pizza (they were home made and smaller than your typical slice), a fairly large bowl of pasta, and a chocolate Tofutti Cutie. I was still hungry but I had to restrain myself from eating more. :) I was also pretty hungry the next morning. I ate 1 bagel with peanut butter and honey and another bagel with nothing on it. My hunger was finally tamed. :) Apparently I worked pretty hard during the ride.

I look forward to next year’s ride! Yes… I am positive that I am going to sign up for it again.

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