A week later I rode the Charles River Wheelmen Fall Century. This one passed through some of my training routes. It was hillier than the previous week, but I felt real good except for the last three miles. My elapsed time for 100 miles was 5 minutes slower than the previous week, but this was a tougher course with all the climbing.
Six days later, I rode the Tri-State Seacoast Century. This was my third year doing this ride (2014 and 2013) and this year the chilly wind was blowing in the opposite direction. The first half of the ride was riding into the brisk wind and the return trip was supposed to have more of a tailwind, but the course was more sheltered and this was my slowest of three tries at this century. My elapsed time was 6:46 for the 100 mile mark. I guess this is not the year I go under 6 hours. Doing it the way I ride them, without stopping for rest stations, is a tough way to GO 100 miles. The effort is similar to running a marathon and you go through the same draining of energy near the end.