4 mi downhill at the beginning was tough with the cold and wind
Rear tire blew out just after the downhill. Tried to fill it up with a CO2 cartridge but it wouldn't hold air and I just froze my hand worse than it already was. There appeared to be no bike support. Finally, a man stopped his truck who was super helpful and a really nice guy. He was watching his girlfriend compete and is a mountain biker who has done Ironman FL before. He helped me change the tired and had an air pump. However, when trying to put the rear wheel back on hub fell apart. Another guy stopped to help after making a wrong turn on the course. He said his day was over. He was super nice for offering his help and said if he couldn't go any further he would rather help someone else. He and I managed to get the wheel back in place but the back brake was rubbing and I could not go forward. Finally, i decided to take the rear brakes completely off, bend the brake cable around, and tuck the whole thing in my Bento Box. I rode the rest of the ride (50 miles) without the rear brakes. Meanwhile I saw Bill Johnson who tried to help, then went off on his own and made a wrong turn and didn't end up biking the whole course (he did the Olympic course) and got DQ. And, my friend Tammie Linville was being put in the ambulance next to where my bike was broken down because of hypothermia. She DNF. I was the only one out of my group to complete the full half bike course and finish the race.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
13.1 miles |
10m 07s min/mile
Hilly course but shaded. 5 miles of the middle of the course was flat and on an awesome gravel trail!