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Castle Rock, Colorado
80F / 27C
= 9h 00m
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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!
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.
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
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
Strong with gusts
Hilly course from Castle Rock to Monument, then back through Palmer Lake
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]
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