My training buddy David and I started on the road at FIVE-FRICKIN'-THIRTY this morning and had a beautiful day for a long ride! We ended up with 78 miles with a 16.1 mph moving average (14.3 mph including all stops) deposited in the Bank of Ironman. Our route took us mostly around the Bay Hundred peninsula to the small waterfront towns of Claiborne and Tilghman and Neavitt. My back cooperated and didn't get too cranky on me, and David flagellated me unmercifully when I started slacking, which was entirely appropriate. :-) Actually he was very encouraging and kept me moving much more briskly than I would have on my own. Good job, pardner!!
Then we headed around the edge of Easton over to the road to Oxford.
Toward the end of our ride we had a nice rest break taking the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry across the Tred Avon River. It's the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service. Bicyclists crossing pay $3. It's a popular scenic cycling route around here, but this is the first time I've done it other than in a car.
Buttercup wants me to buy a boat now.
Ride notes: 4 large-size 24-ounce bottles of water, 3-4 Succeed capsules, and a truckload of food (apricots, cashews, and a Powerbar) kept me pretty well hydrated and fueled for that distance, without negative side-effects. Powerbars suck to try to eat when you're thirsty, though. I would have needed more water on a hotter day, probably, about a bottle per hour in that case. A couple of pre-ride ibuprofen helped too, although I don't want to make a habit of that unless I need to. Keep the watch timer set on 10-minute intervals for a reminder to stretch and hydrate - that seems to help me a lot when I pay attention to it and do it.