Wonderful day and ride. Terrific results. No cramping....hooray!!
A new personal best for me and my brother. I had my previous best time last year and improved on that by another 16 minutes. I was totally surprised but everything fell in place perfectly today. The first time I did the ride 6 years ago my time was 8hrs 15 mins. Today I was able to finish in 6hr 38 mins. Just another example of how you can continue to improve over time and overcome some of this aging stuff.
I usually am able to hang with the front group for about 30 miles. For some unexplained reason I was extremely fortunate to have stayed with the Peloton the first 65 miles where I had to jump off as I had run dry of fluids. If I had even thought of being able to stay that long I could have carried another water bottle and maybe gotten another 15-20 miles until the real climbing started-but I'm totally thrilled as it is.
The weather was pretty good for riding. It was very cloudy all day and we never saw or felt the heat of the sun. While it was very humid, it was probably in the 70's just about the entire ride, especially with the cooler temps as we increased in elevation.
I was so worried about cramping I did everything I knew to do the week before and I guess something helped. I increased fluid intake, tooks some potassium supplements, stopped my diuretic 5 days prior to the event, took some electrolytes capsules the day before the ride and took 3 more during the ride. I had one or two little muscle tweaks late in the ride but no real cramps whatsoever.
I guess my preparation was just right for me leading up to the ride. I suspect the familiarity with the route helped as well-knowing where you can go fast and knowing where to conserve. And knowing you're just going to go slow and grind it out on the Parkway for 3 hours so you know to just sit back and spin and try and keep the form.
I tossed a coin on using the 12-27 cassette or the 11-32. I knew that I'd be spending most of the last 25 miles in either the 34/27 or the 34/28 (next to easiest gear on the 11-32) and went with the 11-32. I did use the 32 from around 100-101 miles as I just didn't have a lot of push left in the legs and tried to spin a little faster. It was nice having it as a bailout and the 28 didn't seem to slow be down too much over the 27.
And of course the aide of the 50+ BFer's...couldn't have done it without the Bike Angels!!!
Riding time-6hrs 35 min
Total time-6hrs 38 mins (2 quick stops)
Avg speed-15.6 mph (note I did the first 65 miles in 2hrs 58 mins for 21.9 mph avg)
Max speed-45.9 mph
8538 calories burned
Nutrition on the bike: 2 Bananas, 6 peanut butter crackers, 1 Gu
Fluids-5 bottles of 24 ounce drinks-about 1/2 water and 1/2 sports drink
Total feet climbed-10,600-11,000
First 75 miles-3hrs 28 mins
Last 27 miles-3 hrs 10 mins