The days are ticking away much faster than I would like. I am anxious but nervous that I haven't gotten everything handled before my departure on June 12, 2007. It is a two person team not solo but I'm still concerned that I haven't put in the requisite miles needed to complete the event. By the way, we are not trying to compete in this event we just want to finish
I want to thank my sponsors for all their support this season without them I wouldn't be able to race as strong as I have been. Thank you. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Accelerade- Sports Drink with Protein a must for Ultra Cycling-- Chris Facas
Bonk Breakers-Peanut Butter and Jelly nutrition bars very tasty --Jason Winn
Cervelo Bikes-- Truly the best engineered and best riding bikes in the world- Phil White
Finish Line- Your chain is the life of your bike lube, clean it. Love your bike clean it too--David Clopton
Kenda Tires-- You must ride the C2C tire developed especially for RAAM- Jim Wannamaker
I have been training and working so much lately I haven't been able to issue my race reports as promptly as I used to. But here I am posting about two events that are part of the Planet Ultra King of the Mountains Series. There are three events are:
1.Mulholland Century Challenge although I did the Double Century and then the Century the next day.
2.Breathless Agony 3. Heartbreak Hundred which I did the Double Century
Next was the Heartbreak Double Century202 Miles and 17,000 feet. I had a bad day on the bike. It was my worse race day on the bike this year. I went out with the lead group and suffered quite a bit. By mile 25 I was dropped and 6 riders went away. It continued to get hot during the day and I knew I was heading for a meltdown eventually. It happened sometime before the lunch stop. I was overheating and feeling miserable. Mile 104. 6 --At the lunch stop I soaked my head twice once when I got in and once before I left.
I stopped consuming calories after my first century. I then started drinking sodas. I had a Mountain Dew at lunch. Mile 119--Vanilla Cola at the base of the Heartbreak climb. Mile 126.7 --1 bottle of water Mile -171.4-- I had 1/2 an Orange Sunkist (knock-off).
The last 30 miles I hooked up with another rider who helped me get through the next 14 miles and then I helped him get to the finish. I was not feeling good all day and lost valuable time climbing Old Ridge Route --two years in a row I have faded there.
My goal was sub 14 hours I finished 13:28 for 5th place. I'm quite happy with the end result but the process to get there was one of the most challenging days on the bike in recent memory.
I am an Ultra Cyclist and father who completed 2- Person Race Across America (RAAM) in 2007. I have finished Furnace Creek 508 SOLO FOUR consecutive years in 2006, 2007 (Fixed Gear)2008, and 2009. I am a Trans Iowa finisher and a Super Randonneur. I am a cycling coach with clients ranging from endurance cyclists, to triathletes, to beginners just entering the sport of cycling.