That said, I can't pretend I thought this year's Super Century would be fun. I clearly remembered it as being gloriously terrible; I just emphasized the wrong part. The original idea, the brainchild of Team Virtus's Casey, features a 100K indoor trainer ride (though alternate events such as 100 pull-ups, 11-mile foot races, and outdoor rides are welcome as well). The main goal is suffering (and burning off calories before the Super Bowl binge), and participants are encouraged to share their pain via facebook and twitter.
Much like last year's edition, this was my first time on my road bike in months (like since July), and I can count my history of trainer rides without using all of my fingers. True to form, I was looking forward to it with masochistic glee: "It's going to be so awful!"
|Yeah, that's pretty much it...|
Saturday was a busy day, so my Super Century preparation was pretty scanty. I slept in until 8 or so (fantastic) and then went to do some trail building. GORC is eventually adding three new singletrack loops to our local mountain bike trails, and since I appreciate having such great trails I wanted to help out. Plus, it's really a good time. You get to meet cool new people, get a good workout, and add to the trail system. Win!
|Before/after...not of exactly the same spot, but you get the idea. We made a lot of progress.|
|They know me pretty well.|
I got up at 5:20 for the 6:00 start, all because I had to run to the gas station for a diet soda and a coffee. Pretty sure that's textbook addiction, but the morning was going to be bad enough without my morning caffeine.
|Ahhhh...now my day can start.|
|1/4 finished...time for a 5-min break|
"Life's too short not to take adventures like this; you have to make these types of experiences a priority."
I mean, YES, right??
|Definitely the best part of my Super Century experience|
|2/3 of the way finished.|
|Not loving the experience|
|Ahh, no makeup and sweaty and disgusting...and just to be very clear, numbers like 18 mph were only seen on my bike during faster intervals.|
1) Stay strong and avoid Super Century III
2) Weekly bike trainer rides of at least 45 minutes until it's warm enough to ride outside.
Also, Luke posted this hilarious video from last weekend's trip to Ray's MTB Park. I can't watch it without laughing, but it's really only the tiniest peek at what a good time we had there. Watch it...I dare you not to smile. :)