This was my first attempt at a Metric Century bike ride (62 miles) and I had a great time up until just shy of mile 55, when a dog ran out of a driveway from behind and knocked me down.
Earlier, I and the guy I was riding with were charged by a ginormous Pit Bull, but we were going downhill and he missed his angle.
The Dog that got me came out a driveway from behind, the first I saw of him he was next to the bike trying to get under my front wheel. And I went down.
Funny thing, I’m laying (lying?) on the side of the road. I’ve pulled my phone out of my seat bag (thank goodness, because I carry it in my shirt pocket a lot, and the wreck probably would have killed it) and I’m calling the SAG wagon that the organizer’s provide, when a woman stops. She asks if I’m OK, I say yes, thank you, and she drives off. About 2 minutes later she’s back, and I’m still happy to be laying on my back. She says, I don’t want to alarm you, but with all this rain you should watch out for snakes coming out of that drainage ditch. Sooo, I stood up!
The elevation on this ride was called “challenging”. At mile 20.74 we climbed 330 feet in 3.84 miles. But I was still fresh. Then from mile 47 we started a 3.5 mile steady climb of 115 feet, turned a corner and saw the next hill – with no break – going up another 262 feet in 1.4 miles. I walked the bike up most of that.
Of course, I also had a lot of downhills over 30mph without pedaling. I went over 36mph twice. But it doesn’t make up for those long slow uphills.