Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Gainesville, FL
Bikes: 2004 Stumpjumper FSR Comp, Older fuji road bike
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I did it!
I woke up wednesday morning with the worst sore throat I've had in a long time. I went to the doctor that day, got prescription decongestant/expectant and proceeded to do everything I could to kill the bug in my system. By Friday I was excited, but not quite 100%.
So yesterday, I woke up at 6:30am to head out to do the Tour de Felasco, the 50 mile ride I had mentioned before. I've never drunk so much water in a single day before, nor had so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The first half was awesome, I finished in 3 hours. That includes time for two SAG stops (Stop and go?) where they fed the riders tons of good trail food. I hated the last 5 or so miles of the half though, because it was really strenuous double-track, and seemed almost like a continual climb.
The lunch was good. I had some great vegetarian chili (they also had chicken soup, but I wanted something spicy and thick instead) and I ate another peanut butter and jelly. I probably could have rested more at lunch, but it probably just would have made me take longer.
The second half...ugh. I was moving very slow. I left the lunch area at 12pm and got back to the parking lot 25 miles later at 5:30. I was the last person that actually finished the entire course. A lot of people dropped out. I had many opportunities to drop myself, but I didn't take them and stuck them out. I was granny-gearing it most of the second half mainly because I was getting hamstring cramps that were awful, but they went away after I drank a few glasses of gatoraide at the last SAG.
Overall, I'm proud. I went in expecting to do at most 25 miles, and got back to the parking lot with all 50 completed. I'm actually not too sore today, probably because I only crashed once. I was going downhill, got crooked on a root with my front wheel, and tucked it doing a pretty nice endo. I landed sideways on my right food, surprised I didn't twist my ankle. I did, however, get a nice bruise on my left knee. I was trying to tell which way to go with the signs at an intersection and I turned late, smacking my right handlebar into a wooden trail sign, causing my front wheel to go right then left and thwack my left knee. I did not crash though.
Now...if only my back would get a little stronger.