Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Bikes: Trek 520, Lightfoot Ranger, Trek 4500
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Wichita Falls recorded high yesterday of 98F. My Garmin got up to 109F but that was over hot asphalt (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/364502565
). Fortunately, in early afternoon we got some clouds and that cooled things down (and perhaps didn't get to 98F?).
I'm not particularly fast and in 2012 I classified myself as "hopeful" which meant I didn't pass the starting line until ~7:45am. That start along with the headwinds meant I sagged in from 72 miles last year. This year I vowed to do a few things different:
1. I rode my recumbent. That made a big difference since recumbents and tandems started at 6:50am this year, even before the starting gun. Not sure why recumbents and tandems should be any different, but I wasn't complaining. It does mean after the first miles a lot more people will be passing.
2. I was better about fueling, cooling and hydrating. After 30 miles stopped in briefly at each rest stop and filled on water and made sure I was cooled down. I also stayed in Wichita Falls rather than drive 90 miles in early morning before the ride.
3. I think the weather probably was also easier, particularly less wind.
I wasn't particularly fast, but came past Hells Gate at 11:00am and finished at 2:35pm. There wasn't a Hells Gate in 2012, but don't think I would have made a cutoff time if it had been there. Hence, this year was a lot easier on multiple counts than 2012.