November goal: 100 miles in less than 4 hours
This past Sunday at the 2015 Horse Farm Hundred (here’s my ride report) I set a new 100 mile Personal Record for time: 4h14m16s (23.6 MPH average speed). While I’m happy with the accomplishment, my goal is to demolish that time in November.
It’s been in the back of my mind for a while now, and it’s time to make it happen: I want to complete a 100 mile ride in less than 4 hours (25+ MPH average speed). That’s total time, of course. There will be no stopping or rest breaks.
The best chance I have to accomplish this goal is the JHOP Century race, which is held at the end of November. JHOP (Junkins House Of Pain) is a National championship triathlon team, and 2015 is the 4th year that they’ve hosted this event. I was not able to attend last year, but I made sure to put it on this year’s ride calendar.
The JHOP 100 is not an officially sanctioned race, and you can choose to do it as a ride if you like, but there are awards for the top 5 male and female finishers.
For the past couple of years the lead group averaged 25+ MPH, so this is the perfect event to make my sub-4 hour century goal happen.
One of the things that make this ride/race so cool is that there is a rolling police escort AND motorcycle SAG support! I expect the weather to be fairly chilly, or even downright cold, so I doubt I’ll need anything from the SAG vehicles, but it’s nice to know that if I do require something I need only signal to one of the support vehicles.
A four hour century is not an easy goal, but if I have a decent day in the saddle I know I have the ability to make it happen.
When I accomplish this goal, my next one will be repeat the feat. Solo. 🙂