This ride has historically been a Team in Training event but this year the team decided to do another ride instead. I wanted to get some miles under my belt to better prepare me for Eagleman next month so a bunch of us decided to do it along with a lot of athletes training for IMLP. Yes, 100 miles might be a little long given my physical state but I decided that if could on focusing on nutrition and riding it easy (aka under control - L1/L2). My coach "advised" me to ride this event "intelligently."
But first there was Saturday. I did a medium effort bike ride with the LITC group for 30 miles. We started early and ended early for a perfect ride. Later that day my daughter had her confirmation with a celebratory dinner with our family. A lot of good food was had by all, Amanda was very happy but the few extra glasses of wine made 5AM come waaaayyyy too early.
The ride started out OK but the wind wasn't cooperating. Instead of at our back, it was in our face. This was going to lead to a long, slow day. Additionally, there were a lot of riders on this ride that really didn't seem to know how to ride. Rider etiquette seemed left out of the training manual for many of these riders and there a tremendous amount of people riding with ipods making for dangerous situations. This reached its crescendo when, at about the 16 mile mark, some solo rider
This crash made me take it even easier so I moseyed a bit. After the second rest stop (at 50 miles), I couldn't get my shoes clipped in. I took my shoe apart and it looks like a spring in the cleat is broken. I rode about 10 miles with only one shoe in and started feeling the imbalance in my knees. My wife was heading out to pick me up at the finish for the ride home and I was able to call her to pick me up earlier. All in all, 65 miles done - easy peasy.
I'm sure I could have limped it in but what would that have proven? I got my work in and that was enough for today. I was smart enough to call it a day before I got injured. This wasn't an "A" race for me and finishing a century, even though I haven't done one in a while, isn't a novel experience any more.
Even though I cut it short, it was a good day.
PS: My biggest fail of the day was that although I remembered to bring sun tan lotion but left it in my car without putting it on me. My nose is the only part of me that I will have to pay the price for this "forgetfulness."