First let me start off with one number, 7387. Thats the number of calories I burnt during this ride. As I write this the next morning, I can attest that my body is feeling the burn. I set a goal to complete the ride in 6 hours. My total time on the bike was 5 hours 54 minutes, but I spent way too long at some of the rest stops. During the ride, especially from mile 60 to 85, it felt like the entire course was uphill. There were no descents in site, at least any that I can remember now. Looking back, on paper, the course doesn’t look as hilly as it felt. I don’t know if it was the heat, or the cramping, which also started around the same time. My first 50 miles, I feel like I did well. I was averaging 20 miles per hour and it only took me 2.5 hours to complete the first 50 miles. The next 50 took 5 hours to complete. Way too long at some of the rest stops, but I will mention I stopped for abour 20 minutes one time to help a fellow cyclist with a flat tire, although he had the situation under control. He was riding with his 14 year old, and his 10 year old. Yes, that’s right, a 10 year old. Youngest rider to complete the Hot Hundred Century. Hats off to Mark and Eric from Velocity Pro Cycles, they completed the 102 mile course in 4 hours 20 minutes. That makes me sick! Getting back to the cramps, maybe I will learn my lesson. I did try to eat a lot of food at each stop. I did apply a lesson from the Ride of Love in May and put sun screen on my head, so there are no burn spots today from my helmet vents! Hopefully my legs will recover soon, but I think I’m going to take a break from riding soon, then start preparing for the MS 150 in September in Orange Beach, Alabama. Here are my stats from the Hot Hundred:

Hot Hundred Tuscaloosa Alabama

Hot Hundred in Tuscaloosa Alabama 

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