- I went into this one with the intention of it being my final Trans Iowa tuneup. I had three goals:
- Finish (check)
- Control my cramps (Felt a couple minor twinges that were easily controlled, otherwise a cramp free race - check)
- Finish with a 12MPH average (Actual average: 11.4MPH including stops, 12MPH moving. Good enough for TI)
- My legs were burning from the start, even though I was controlling my pace. Not sure why since I'd been going easy leading up to this race. Eventually they started playing nice. I actually felt a lot better the second half of the race than the first.
- I finished this race feeling like I had a lot of miles left in my legs. Even with the crazy hilliness of the course I wasn't too beat at the end. This has me feeling a lot better about TI than I was before the race. My main goal for TI is to make the second checkpoint at 170-180 miles. I would have been able to meet that goal on Saturday, even on that course.
- I walked two hills in this race. The first one was a little more than halfway in. I felt a slight twinge in my groin and it was a fairly steep hill, so I decided to walk most of it. The second was Heath's Hill, which was a steep minimum maintenance road around 90 miles in. I got stuck in the mud at the beginning, tried once more to ride it after clearing that patch, then gave up and hoofed it.
- Nutrition and hydration were good, but I'll have to plan on more solid foods for TI. Gu's alone just aren't going to cut it beyond 10-12 hours.
- Caught a couple minor quirks that you only find on these really long rides. Found out that the way I have my Garmin set up could have got me lost at TI. It's only set up to show three digits on the distance so once I hit 100 miles it stopped showing 10ths of a mile. Not a big deal most of the time, but when you're relying on cue sheets it's critical. I should be able to change my display configuration so that's not an issue.
|Heading back out|
|100 mile photo op|
|Let's get outta here...|
|Race stats. Click to Viagrify.|