Thank you all for your comments. Makes me feel good...
WONGERCHI, you asked about eating...no flies *grin*. I had a water bottle to the first rest stop, then filled it with a diluted Propel mix. At the rest stop, I had a 1/2 PBJ, and grabbed some fig newtons, in case I needed them. I ate the fig newtons at rest stop 2, and refilled the bottle again (this time it was diluted Gatorade). I was too preoccupied with the sting to eat much else, though. Probably a mistake. At the finish, I had a peach for the sugar, and then went for a pasta lunch. So the recovery is going nicely.
LOL about the fly stories. I always wear something on my eyes, and I have been hit by bugs before--usually on the shoulders or arms. Never expected to actually get stung!
BEV, this course started in a town that was in a bowl, so there was no way to get back to the start without a nasty hill or two. I spoke with some people who did the 40 miler (they had the same final hill) and they said it was the worst one on their course, too. Got to remember that if I ever do a ride from here again...
Ok, I'm trying to laugh as quietly as possible in my cubicle about all the fly encounters!! I had my first bug encounter the other day but luckily it was small and only hit my cheek. Close call! I did run over a huge snake while walking my bike (and then RAN with my bike) but I drove by later and it was still there. Must have been dead already. Thank goodness! Anyway...
Great job on the ride! I have my first ride coming up and its 33 miles also. I live in South Jersey though so hills are minimal. Just loooong stretches at a very small grade. I'll probably be thinking about this post as I go through my ride! Thanks for the story!
GLADGAD: Yeah last week I was doing TT intervals and halfway through the last one I managed to swallow a fly, whole. Nasty. Had to wash it down with a sports drink chaser and the resulting coughing fit was something else...
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The best thing about this ride is that you learned ALOT! Good for you for pushing through the obstacles and animal attacks.
Living in South Florida we are in the height of our bug season. I got clobbered by two large, flying, buzzing insects last weekend. One hit me in the shoulder, while the other bounced off my sunglasses. I always wear eye protection while riding. Now I just need something to cover my mouth while doing hard efforts.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
On Friday, I heard about an organized ride for the Brain Injury Association on Saturday morning. And I decided to give it a go. My longest ride since my foot surgeries this winter has been 15 miles, and I decided to do the 33 mile route (described as "a pleasant ride with hills and nice scenery"). It didn't seem worth it to go for the 12 mile route, and the 40 mile route included such things as "for the more experienced rider" and "larger hills".
Heading to the first rest area, I thought if I couldn't make it all the way through, I could always stop and request SAG assistance to get back to the start, but was feeling pretty good by the first break. I loved the descents, but had to work for those hills. I was doing well--keeping my cadence up, and gearing properly on the inclines. The few flat areas felt really good too.
On to rest stop 2. And halfway there, I saw something flying towards me. And before I could say a word I'm not allowed to type here, I was hit in the forehead between my helmet and my glasses. Turns out it was a bee--someone checked it out when I stopped and could see where the stinger got me, although the stinger wasn't there. So I got stung by a bee above my eyebrow. I am pretty sure the bee was worse off than I. I got back on and pedaled to rest stop 2, where I iced it. I'm not allergic to bee stings, so I headed out to the finish.
19 miles down, 14 miles to go. And at mile 27, I hit the wall. nice aero position on a descent, getting ready for the next climb, gearing down to keep turning the pedals over and then all of the sudden--nothing. I couldn't get the pedals around one more time and I was only half way up the hill. So I got off and walked the steepest section, and then got back on to pedal again. I had to do this a couple more times before the last hill.
The last hill was a cruel joke. I have no idea what the grade was, but I only saw one person pedal up it. And it was the same last hill for all the routes, so no avoiding it. It started at a stop light in the valley, and immediately climbed. I timed it perfectly--holding back on the descent when I saw a red light, and then taking advantage of momentum through the intersection to get started when the light turned green. And the light turned yellow when I reached the intersection, so I couldn't have started any further away. But I only made it 1/3 of the way up before I had to stop.
I finally got to the top of the hill, with just a couple of miles left. My goal was just to pedal the rest of the way, and not walk. And I was doing it. Until about 1/2 mile out, when my chain came off. I fixed it easily, but I was disappointed about having to stop again.
So I finished the course. And I might even try it again next year. But I wasn't ready for it. I hadn't trained properly for the hill, I hadn't eaten right leading up to it (since I wasn't planning on the ride), and I wasn't mentally prepared. But I did much better than I thought, and I finished.
And the only soreness residue is the itchy bee sting.
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