Race Day Came and Went
Monday, July 06, 2009
Well Sunday came around and so did the race. What a humbling experience and boy do I have a long way to go.
The course was shortened from being a little over 43 miles to 35.5 miles. Road construction and bridge out (Welcome to Wisconsin in the summer time). This course was more hilly than I thought. It had you climbing and enjoying the descent only to brake to make either a hard right or left turn to only be going up hill again. (I have to learn to do these turns with out braking)
I learned a lot from the start ..... stay at the back third and try not to allow yourself to keep up with the riders jockeying for position. Find a group you can hang with and use as a draft pace line. I had to ride the course solo. It was windy and not fun bucking the wind alone. I passed one person on the first lap and three more on the second lap. The last person was within the last three miles and I was bound to overtake him again and leave him behind me. I was able to accomplish that.
There were 112 cyclist that finished. There were 95 males and 17 females. The average time on the course was 1:42:11. My results and they are not pretty: I was 92nd overall; 84th out of 95 in the men's division and 11th out of 11 for my age bracket. My time was 1:57:13.
At least I now have something to shoot for for next year and what to build and develop for a training plan.
My next race is a 90 mile race in August around our lake.
The day of the race I was able to force a bowl of raisin bran cereal. Very hard to get down. (I was like this in high school as well doing sports .... I had a hard time eating and keeping it down. At least I did not throw up like I did in high school so I'm improving in that area to a certain degree.) I had two plus water bottles with my Heed electrolyte mix and a regular 20 oz of water before the race. I had two of the bottles of Heed during the race and probably could have used a third bottle with just water. I did not do any GU or any other nutrition other than the drink. I will have to figure this out again and calculate when I need to down the GU. I did do a recovery drink about 4 hours after the race.
Again, the race was fun and the competition was fun. I know I would like to do more races but I have a lot to learn about race strategy, nutrition, hydration, and training for one.