|Racing into the finish|
I DID IT!
I DID IT!
I DID IT!
I freakin' DID IT!
Above is a very blurry pic of me cruising into the finish. I really did do a 67-mile bike race. :) Behind my sunglasses, I was totally bawling. So proud of this accomplishment!
All in all, it followed pretty close to my expectations. I targeted 6hours ride time + 1 hour at rest stops. It took me a total of 5 hours & 35 minutes (rest + ride) so I'm **very** pleased with that!!! I was seriously cranking - heart rate was almost always 80+% for the whole ride. I burned 3503 calories. :)
First half of the race was fabulous - cool morning, Colorado farm land, mountains in the distance. Even the one big climb was a snap. Organizers had a water stop halfway up & another rest stop at the top. Great locations! Breaking up the climb seemed to make it easier. By about mile 50 the sun was out & it was getting hot. Sun beating down & reflecting off the pavement and I started to wonder what I got myself into. Fortunately, the last rest stop was at mile 59. Great place to chill a bit with a steel drum band before pounding out the last 8 miles.
Hydration & nutrition were key for me. It felt like I was always stuffing my pie hole with something. Actually, I ate too much & too fast at the 40mile rest stop so I ended up getting stuck. It never really eased up so I had to pull over & PB. (Gross!) I stopped drinking & eating for a while but then I could feel the leg cramps coming on in the last 5 miles. I now know what the point of goo/power gels are. They are not tasty in anyway but a very easy way to get in some calories - especially appreciated as a bandster :) Had a quick gel shot & was feeling fine in about 20 minutes.
I am so very proud of this!!!! I lost 67lbs for this 67-mile race. There is just no way I could have even imagined doing this ride a year ago. Hubs is already asking when I'm going to do a 100-mile ride with him. I've started looking at the calendar....!
|At the starting line - wearing size medium cycling gear!|