Well, today was the day. The long waited ride around Lake Okeechobee. I think I trained well, prepared, ate properly, and kept hydrated ok. But I bonked anyway. I think I know why. Read on.
We arrived at John Strayer Park at 6 AM. About 50 actually showed.
The mosquitoes were having a field day. The humidity was 99%. It was pitch black and the stars were amazing. We got ready and started at about 6.30. The bugs were pelting us, but we were outrunning the mosquitoes. We slowly got up to th 20 - 22 pace, but every 10 mi or so there were barriers that we had to slow down to a crawl and pass single file. It really slowed the pace and strung out the group. Strong riders in the front took off and the weaker riders in the back had trouble catching up.
I flatted about 4 mi before the first rest stop. Overall the group had 9 flats. Lunch came at mi 65, and I forgot to fill up my water bottles. About 8 mi before the next rest I ran out of water. Mark, one of the guys from my club, shared an extra bottle with me.
The final stop came at mile 95 so there was 20 mi to go. I thought I was the oldest rider on the ride, but there was a guy, Tom, 66. He got a slow start after that stop, so I pulled him up to the group after about 5 miles. That kinda wore me out. I did good on the center of the peloton, but after the gate at mile 105 I couldn't catch up to the main group, so I dropped. I rode the last 15 mi solo, and slowed the pace down for the last 5 mi to get my heart rate down and cool off.
I finished about 15 mi after the main pack, but still head of about 10 of the riders.
BTW, there were about 10 members of the 50+ club, and Tom and I were the 60+ reps.
here's the link:http://ridewithgps.com/trips/99795