Keeping the Century Streak Alive

My recent accident has threatened to end my streak of months of riding at least one century (or longer) at 15. But I am now at the point where I am thinking of trying a ride tomorrow. My back and ribs are still a little sore (but the ribs are not worse from breathing hard), but they seem sore whether I sit around and rest or do normal things. Weight lifting would be out, but I did hang up a new heated towel rack the other day. I rode a couple of test miles yesterday including standing up on a climb. My back felt about the same as it had when I was fixing dinner, not perfect but not too bad.

 

Tomorrow’s ride would be a combination solo and supported group ride. There is a 100K fundraiser that I can ride to and from to make it into a century. The temperature (68 to 90) and humidity is improving tomorrow and the smoke we had earlier in the week from some coastal wildfires are now blowing towards Delaware, so conditions look good.

 

So I am going to give it a try. To get the miles I need I actually have to loop past my house on the way to the ride, so I can change my mind then. Of course during the ride there is sag support, so I could get help then if I need it. If all I have left is the ride home, about 17 miles, surely I can make it to 100 miles. But even then I can call home if I need a ride.

 

The alternatives are to not rest a few more days, take Thursday off from work and ride a solo century. And the last alternative is to break the streak which I will do rather than do something that further injures me.