Sunday, June 30, 2013
Today was Cycletta day. We were up at 4.30 and swigging coffee by 4.40am. We left home at 05:10 and arrived at Woburn Abbey at 7am and wandered about a bit, put the wheels back on my bike and checked the true.
I have been experiencing a rumble from my cassette and it seems that my chain is worn so the lovely people at Liv/Giant fitted me a new chain, before the event, free and for gratis. I was impressed.
I went through the start at 09:12am and the first 2 miles were downhill, most of the rest of the ride wasn't. I climbed nearly 800 feet in 36 miles. I know that doesn't sound much but some of those hills were brutal. My descending has got better though and I was going downhill at around 32mph. My bike handles wonderfully and my brakes are good so I have to confidence to change down and pedal. That bike goes like the wind.
Due to the heat, I ran out of gas at about 12 or 13 miles. The hills had taken their toll and I hadn't got around the first lap yet. There was some confusion with the route too. We were told 2 small laps and then off on a seperate lap and then back to Woburn Abbey. It was actually 2 big laps and the girl on the info desk is an idiot. After I got back to Woburn for the first time, I was really suffering in the heat. Helmets might be safe and de rigeur for sportives but they don't let the heat out.
I struggled with the uphills on the second lap and stopped at the water/sweetie stop and filled my bottle up again and ate half a bite sized brownie. It just make me feel like throwing up. I had 2 bananas though and a couple of jelly babies. Instant sugar! I grabbed a couple of gels too. Onwards again to the next water stop - this is where we discovered that the info woman should be shot for false info - and another banana and gel (and jelly baby) and then I battled my way back to Woburn.
I had to stop on a couple of hills and the hill up to the car park was horrible, followed by a massive - and fast - downhill and a left hander back into the deer part towards the finish. We went back the way we came so a 2 mile uphill slog to the finish line. Once I saw that finish line I went from 7 mph to 25 mph. Finish folks not impressed as the run in, after the finish line, is about 10 metres.
I had to have a sit down once I got off my bike and a lovely Gahnain lady came over and helped me pour water all over my head to cool me off. We are now thinking that I was suffering with a little heatstroke. I have a headache now.
2 hours and 56 mins moving time for 36 miles is not that great. I thought that I was never going to finish the event. I decided against the pamper as I just wanted to go home before I fell over. Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever and I am not a quitter.
Recovery ride tomorrow. Nice and steady in the evening coolness. The goodie back was epic and my medal is gorgeous. I will try to add it to my photos tomorrow.