Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Searcy, Arkansas
Bikes: 09 Specialized Sirrus Expert; 09 Specialized Roubaix Expert
I entered the Tour de Rock in North Little Rock to support CARTI Saturday. I had planned on the 62, but quickly decided 50 was all I wanted. By the start time (7AM) temps were already mid 80's with humidity that you could slice with a knife. The first aid station at mile 17 did not have any food just pickle juice and Heed drink. So I took out one of my gu's and swallowed some Heed. To make the ride more unbareable there was a steady 15-20 mph head wind for the first 30 miles. Thus my pace suffered and I dropped back from the paceline I was in. I made it to the 2nd aid station at mile 30 and finally got to eat something- some orange slices, peanut butter sandwiches, etc. I felt ok leaving the station and it helped with a tail wind as my pace quickened. By this time the sun was beating down and the heat index had to be approaching 100. Then at mile 36 I hit the wall. The lightheaded feeling that you are about to passout. So, I dismounted, drank, and tried to rest. My HR was ok as I had a HRM with me but I was zapped. I had been on a <2000 calorie plan for a few weeks and did not eat a big breakfast and it cost me. I did not have it to even limp the next 15 miles. So, I took my first ride in a SAG wagon. However, on the way we picked up 2 more riders. The heat and humidity was dropping riders like flies. I am still learning how to properly fuel for such rides so at least I am alive to ride another day.