I quickly learned that somewhere down the road I need to buy a new seat as the stock one that comes with my bike is a real pain in the rear....literally! However, with some seat adjustments it will at least be manageable for the short term, but there is no way I am riding a century next summer on this seat. I know exactly what I will ask for this upcoming Christmas.
I also learned how exhilarating it is to ride down hills at 30+ miles an hour and how deadly focused I became while doing so as the thought crossed my mind that were I to crash at such speeds it would really, really hurt.
It also became blatantly obvious how important generating speed down a hill is (at least in Colorado) because you can pretty much guarantee that at the bottom of that hill is another hill you're going to have to climb back up! Any momentum you can generate prior to climbing makes the overall effort that much easier, which by the way wasn't easy for my out of shape body. I thought my legs were going to fall off!
Overall, it was an awesome experience! I loved seeing the sun rise over the Colorado cornfields. I liked the wind blowing in my face, but wished that it were a little bit warmer (the Fall weather is upon us and it's a little chilly until you get your body moving).
I wasn't that fast averaging a little over 15 miles and hour, but I also didn't push it that hard as I was learning the ins and outs of my bike and also didn't want to pay the price of not being able to move the next morning. Plus, I didn't adjust my seat until half way through which made a significant difference in my overall comfort level. Next time I will go faster! I feel good enough that I'll probably go back out tomorrow morning.
But I looked cool, at least I think I did. My wife on the other hand thinks I'm a dork which I by the way am not arguing.
I am a dork, a really cool dork!