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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Official time 6:14
Official place 11th
Clothing- Skins compression bib longs, Skins compression base layer, Bike Religion Jersey, Bike Religion arm warmers. Furnace Creek 508 vest (Hincapie)
Bike set-up -- Rebecca (Cervelo R3SL) Compact 50/34 Crankset 11-23 cassette (I wanted close ratios) Velocity Orion II with Power Tap Ant+ hub, Garmin 310XT
Huge props to:
AdventureCorps for putting on a fantastic event- well organized, well supported, challenging, rewarding and a great vibe and atmosphere. Adobo Velo for your support on the course and the post-ride food that was cooked seemingly to order and so it was fresh and tasty. And lastly, the AdventureCorps family of volunteers you are what make the event special. Thank you!!
I am happy with my result. There were faster riders present that just plain rode away from me. I am a little concerned with the the amount of cramping I was experiencing. I can't remember when I have ever cramped as much as I did on Saturday. I couldn't get it resolved throughout the day. The first time I summited I took four Endurolytes. I then took four more at the gate for Kitchen Creek (about a 1/3 of the way up the second climb). On my second summit of Mount Laguna I took eight Endurolytes from the volunteers- four at the rest stop and four more to take on the descent. I took that many Endurolytes because I was concerned about cramping on Pine Creek. A 20% grade is the last place you want to cramp when going 4mph. Of course it would look really funny just toppling over.
Adam was riding his fixed gear again and I believe he was riding a 46 x 16. His gearing is really close to the gearing I used on my fixed gear year at Furnace Creek 508 49 x 17. It's a tall gear but this event has a lot of descending and you need to gear for the downs as well as the ups. Adam's pace was a little tough for me and I was dropped by him. As I backed off Rock Rabbit's pace the other riders in our six man "break" slowly crept up to me and passed me. On one of the rollers I didn't have it in me to push hard enough, close the gap, catch a wheel and a draft and was gapped significantly. I couldn't keep up so I went alone for a little while.
I eventually caught the Desert Fox and a triathlete (camo painted bike) and we summited and descended together towards Kitchen Creek. We began the climb together but I just couldn't keep up. I guess the lack of training since Hell's Gate Hundred was really coming into play. I had only ridden four times since the HGH and it was very apparent I am loosing fitness. I let them go and then climbed at my pace. At the gate for Kitchen Creek I was passed by Cliff Clermont, with another rider and Sean "Crow" Cuddihy, a 508 veteran. These three riders were on fire and had left on the 6:10am wave. They had caught me in just 55 miles. While on the climb I was passed by the eventual winner Drew Peterson. He was part of the 6:20am wave. Drew's time was simply amazing at 5:22. Great job dude!
The hard thing about riding long distances is how to pace and motivate yourself when you end up alone. You loose valuable time because there is no one to push you and you get complacent with your pace. Being in "no man's land" between the lead riders and the slower riders is tough on your psyche. The power meter helps with pacing but having another wheel in front of you pushing you out of your comfort zone. Needless to say, I got comfortable with a slower pace and lost valuable time to the lead riders.