|Leaving Transition. I really wish I'd learn |
howto put my helmet on straight.
|I love this picture!|
|Racers and pretty forest|
|My awesome sign that Scott made for me :) Its|
now hanging in my cubicle at work
|Much needed Will sighting :)|
I stopped to use the bathroom at mile 50, which is pretty good for me. I normally have to stop somewhere after 2-3 hours (30-45 miles). The volunteers were great - I even had a bike handler when I got to the bathroom line! While waiting in line, I decided to have some Honey Stinger waffle. It was all crumbly from being in my back pocket, so I made the decision just to eat the whole thing, rather than eating half now and saving half for later. Boy was that a mistake - that whole waffle sent me into sugar overload. For the next 30 minutes, I was dizzy and buzzin from too much sugar. I stayed calm, though, and stuck to the plan. Drink fluids, keep my cadence, keep my cool and the sugar will absorb with effort and time and I'll feel better. I did feel better after 30 minutes, but I sure won't be eating a whole one of those anytime soon! During the sugar episode, I passed by special needs, and decided that I didn't "need" anything and kept going. I was doing well hydration and nutriton wise, so there was no need to stop.
For the hills, I just focused on keeping my HR and cadence steady. Now was not the time for power moves by staying in my big ring and burning my legs up. I think there were maybe ~3 times where I went into my small ring, and only for about 2 minutes a pop. Normally I'd stay in my big ring and fight, but I really didn't think the effort was worth it. Bravado sure, but at the time, it was more about keeping my legs fresh.
I stopped at mile 90 for another bathroom break. I really didn't "need" the break for the bathroom - I needed it to get up and stretch and re-set my muscles after 6 hours of riding. Legs were fine, saddle area was fine, forearms where they rest on my aeropads started hurting somewhere around mile 50, feet started hurting around maybe mile 80. Arms were bearable - no numbness, just sore, probably because for all my training rides I had on no fewer than 3 layers to stay warm. That extra padding on my arms apparently made a difference in my comfort level. Nothing that the occasional reach out to my shifters (while still staying areo) didn't fix. My feet were swelling from the heat and were getting hotspots where my cleats were. My left big toe was also hurting, something which I experience during the Katy Flatlands Century Ride last July and which gave me my first black toenail. The pain was tolerable as long as I shifted my weight occasionally and even more occasionally unclipped my foot to stretch. Also at mile 90 the sun decided to come out and it got HOT. I dumped a bunch of cold water on my cool wings (special fabric sleeves that help cool you), and continued to dump water on them at each subsequent aid station.
|Feeling good and ready to run!|