Cartersville Century - CycleCentury

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Cartersville, Georgia
United States
Cartersville Century
95F / 35C
Total Time = 5h 42m
Overall Rank = 0/0
Age Group = 0
Age Group Rank = 0/0
Pre-race routine:

woke up late 6:48am, threw as much together as I could, got in the car and took off to Cartersville. Oh, needed gas, so filled up and then was off. Arrived at 7:48, for an 8:00 am start. Got all my stuff together than rode to registration. Paid the 30 bucks at 8:00, put on the blue band and was off by 8:02.. group had left, so I had to play some catch up.
Event warmup:

Catching up with the main pack.
  • 5h 42m
  • 99 miles
  • 17.37 mile/hr

First 50: First half was relatively easy.. or should I say first 40 miles or so. Nothing too bad, and some nice long downhills. It was relatively cool at that time too. Like 80 ish. Then everything changed. It got hot, and not just hot, but oppressive. The kind of heat that would drive you indoors even if you were just standing around doing nothing.

As it heated up, I decided I just needed to find my comfort zone, then just kind of wait to see how things go from there.

Nutrition: I started the ride with no pre-ride nutrition, and only two bottles of perpetuum which were gone by the 30 mile sag stop. After that, I pretty much relied on sag stops to get what I needed, and I can tell you now, that was not smart. Although the sag stops suprised me with their quality, they were not as often as advertised, which caused me to be without fluids for a few miles on two different occasions. I did eat a pb&j (sorry rylee), and some fig newtons, and a candy bar, and a banana or two..

Last 50: I rode solo the whole time. Let me tell you, THAT's boring. I did talk to several randoms, but you know how that goes, they fall back, and you are once again alone. at mile 56, there was a killer long steep hill just as we crossed under I-75. Biggest of the ride. The route continued along with some really nice, shaded, countryside type roads, and some horrible not an once of shade, desert type roads with wind and what not. There was far more sun, than there was shade.. just because I mention that there was some, does not mean that it was statistically significant. Cause I can assure you, it was not.

Last 10 miles. The last sag stop came at mile 90. By this time, I just wanted to be done. I knew I was going to make it, but I just didn't have the desire to go back out there on those hot roads. Of course, I did go back out there, and dragged myself into the finish. I rode my bike to the picnic area, got off it, and grabbed an ide cold coke.. MMMMMMMM. and two hot dogs, and a hamburger.. yeah yeah. I needed all of it. There was to be no T run after this ride. Too hot. It would have done me no good.
What would you do differently?:

1. Set my own alarm.

2. Nutrition. I learned what I need to do differently, and will do so for my next Century, which is at the end of July.

3. I did not drop any electrolyte specific anything out there, and that was a HUGE mistake. I just did not have enough time to get anything together. I need to get some endurolytes, or at least drop some nuun.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate, chatted with some people I know, then.. well, ate some more, then left.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Time management.

Event comments:

Going to give it a three out of 5, only due to the fact that sag stops were supposed to be every 15 miles. There was one 25 mile gap, and one 20 mile gap. Too much when I was not expecting it. Otherwise, it was very very well done. The volunteers were outstanding, and the sag stops were excellent. 75 was a bit weak, but it still did the job.

Last updated: 2007-06-25 12:00 AM
05:42:00 | 99 miles | 17.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/0
Overall: 0/0
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 100 mile loop of Carterville and surrounding countryside. Beautiful out there.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3