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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
T minus 10 days Furnace Creek 508
The Furnace Creek 508 is 10 days away. I have an unusual calm as the days tick away. I am usually a lot more stressed out about my gear or nutrition. But this year being the fourth year racing the "toughest 48 hours in sport" I feel ready and healthy. Over the next few posts I will recap my experiences from my previous three races. For new readers it will give you a chance to see that I've probably made every mistake in the book ;)
In 2006, I had incredible form. I had had a good full season of Ultras. I had done fast doubles, climbing doubles and climbing centuries and unsupported brevets. I even had a great month of August training in the mountains with 1650 miles and 124,000 feet of climbing.
My breakfast was a bit too heavy (Moons over my Hammy with a stack of pancakes) too close to the start of the event. Then too many calories over the first five (5) hours. I was putting in over 350 calories an hour and I hadn't trained with that much intake. As many of you know, when you are out training alone you conserve your calories because you either don't want to stop or the services are few and far in between. I fall victim to both scenarios because my training routes are very remote. Well this totally locked up my stomach and my intensity had to drop significantly. I puked many times on the side of the road until finally my stomach was back in good shape but I was very fatigued.
Are you asking yourself why was I taking in so many calories? Because I was intimidated by the event. The 508 miles the 35,000 feet of climbing. I thought I would really fuel up this time. I would really take in the calories to make sure I wouldn't falter on the course. But that was a big mistake and I paid for it for miles miles and miles and hours and hours of poor performance.
So in short, I had great fitness but my nutrition made for a horrible first 152 miles. Sleep deprivation also was a major problem through the first night and I was still in Death Valley (about 300 miles) by daybreak. I learned a lot from my first Furnace Creek. But as you'll see I still had a lot more to learn in the next couple of years.
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.