The bike course was pretty cool, but also a little dangerous at times. The course is on Lakeshore Drive and takes up the inside two lanes in either direction. Passing is done on the RIGHT according to the race rules, but this was missed by about a quarter of the racers. Slow people were hugging the left and the right at times which made passing kind of hairy... Do you say on your left or on your right? I just said in the middle and passed as quickly as possible. There would often be a row of riders about 4-5 abreast taking up the left portion of the bike lanes. This is the correct side to be riding on, but they were blocking other riders from passing unless the passer went close to the car traffic on the outside lanes. Twice, the groups weren't aware of the space they were taking up and so they didn't move over when I said, "On your right". So I would begin to pass, and as I was passing a group like this they would come up on a person riding slow on the rightish, wrong side to ride on, and the person I was passing would swerve towards me to pass the slow person hugging the wrong side. This would make me need to swerve out dangerously close to the car lane. I always make a point to be courteous and say on your left (or right in this case) when I pass while practicing. I know I said on your right every time I passed someone today because it is just a habit and I had to in order to stay safe with all the riders. I'm glad everyone got through the ride safely, but it is a good reminder to always at least read the rules of the race so these types of things don't put myself or others in danger. Like I said this happened to me twice, and I saw it happen to at least 3 other racers.
Back to my race plan. I did a terrible job of training in the last two months before the race, so my goal was to have a fun swim and then tear up the bike, and see what happened on the run. The bike course is two laps and on the first everything was excellent, I was cruising and feeling great. I had one bottle of half coca-cola half water and this seemed to be working well. But as I began setting out on the second lap I realized I had drank 2/3 of my bottle and I was super thirsty. I was able to ration out the water to last me the second lap, but my mouth was nearly dry and my coke mix had too much coke... Too sweet and by the end I was forcing myself to drink because I knew I needed the fluids. This caused me to slow down on the last half of the second lap, and I could see the writing on the wall for the run. It wasn't going to be pretty.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06.21 miles |
11m 17s min/mile
Out and back on the Lakefront Trail. Nice easy run with just one short, quick hill after the Shedd Aquarium. The firefighters had a truck out at about mile 3.5 which was near the turnaround. I think this may have saved my life and I made sure to thank them.