Compass Bank Elephant Rock Century Ride - CycleCentury

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Castle Rock, Colorado
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 9h 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Ate my home-made garlic scape pesto noodles, and then desperately searched for gum. Drove to Castlerock with my friend, then went to the restrooms. Pleasantly surprised that there was no line!
Event warmup:

  • 9h 00m
  • 100 miles
  • 11.11 mile/hr

I actually did okay, despite my horrific time :) I was pleasantly surprised to see that pace lines formed behind me twice (yes! I'm fast enough to draft!) I rode with a less experienced friend though, so waited for her every so often.

Biggest problem was when I took a corner too fast at around mile 40. Unfortunately, it just happened to be covered in gravel. My bike went out from under me and I got some lovely road rash. Luckily, the guys around me at the time were super nice (and quick on the reflexes, stopping instead of running me over) and rescued my bike and water bottle for me, so if any of you helped a girl in a "Fat Cyclist" jersey, thanks so much!

I was also lucky that we were maybe 1-2 miles away from the next aid station, so I was able to get bandaged up, although it did take about an hour with paperwork and stuff. I didn't feel too terrible, so I finished the rest of the ride, albeit a bit slower than I was going before.

I also ended up bonking at about mile 70. I think I was just so focused on my injuries that I forgot to make myself eat. I did eat a few apples at the aid stations, but it didn't occur to me that they were only about 60 calories each and not so helpful for energy.

Stayed a really long time at the next aid station, eating everything I could and waiting for my body to stop playing catch up. After that, everything was fine, although I was a bit whiny going up that last never-ending hill.

Of course, by the time we finished there were no veggie burgers left. This seems to always be a problem for me!

What would you do differently?:

Not be so stupid about cornering; be a bit smarter about fueling.
Post race
Warm down:

I had promised the EMTs who patched me up that if I insisted on finishing the tour that I would go to Urgent Care or the ER afterwards, so that was about it. Fun fun...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Dumb crash; bonking

Event comments:

My second time doing ERock. I probably won't do it again, mainly because it's hard to get the training in with the weather as unpredictable as it is in the spring.

Last updated: 2010-04-02 12:00 AM
09:00:00 | 100 miles | 11.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Hilly course from Castle Rock to Monument, then back through Palmer Lake
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Bad
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3