I pre rode the VT 200k brevet on 4/3/11. 130 miles that belong to me and only me. Solo ride! Only two weeks after my last century. I hesitate to say that I finished with only 10 minutes to spare on the the time cutoff. But, with that said, I have to add that I had a head wind for the last 90 miles of the ride. It slowly wore away at me until I had nothing more but the ability to just keep cranking the pedals until I made it to the finish. I have a lot to learn about on bike nutrition and fueling and at the same time this ride gave me a crash course on the subject.
I rode and rode. Some parts were just amazing and the rest were definitely worth doing. I didn't take a single picture. At one point I even vividly remember that I was going to keep the whole experience to myself. After all, I worked for the whole thing, right? Any ways, I have to admit that it was harder than the first two centuries that I did in the dead of winter. I will absolutely stand behind the fact that the wind played a huge part in the outcome of the ride. Bottom line, I stuck with it and never gave up. That is all that I can ask of myself. Commit and complete!