Compass Bank Elephant Rock Century Ride - CycleCentury

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Castle Rock, Colorado
United States
Total Time = 5h 40m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

woke up at 4:00 AM drank a couple of ensure and had a breakfast bar.

  • 5h 40m
  • 100 miles
  • 17.65 mile/hr

This was my first ER Century ride, and I had a blast.
Had to get to the Giant tent by 5:00 AM to get my hands on a TCR Advanced.
Met up with Missy, Greg and Shawn at 6:00 for the start.
Started out strong heading over lake gulch, got over the top and was greeted by the morning sun, what a gorgeous site it was riding into the sunrise.
The first 40 to 50 miles had a bit of climbing and a headwind, but we all took turns in the front, so it wasn't too bad.
Made it to mile 48 in about 2:45, but I was starting to bonk, so stopped at the aid station there to refuel and stretch a bit. This was now the farthest that I've ridden this year, so I was in uncharted territory.
Continued on through the black forrest until we hooked up with 83 and on to the roller coaster.
Started to wish I had a triple crank at this point, felt my quads cramp up a few times while standing. Stopped off at the aid station and took a couple salt tablets.
Once I made it to Palmer Lake I was in familiar territory an knew it would be a fast ride to Tomah. Man, My ass was really sore by this point, I just kept riding as hard as I could to reach the aid station as fast as I could. Stopped off at the final aid station for some food and drink.
Felt good again and headed over Tomah at a fairly good rate, alternating between sitting and standing. Reached the top of Tomah and continued down to the frontage road and into town.

What would you do differently?:

I should have eaten more during the ride, maybe every 15 minutes or so. My Polar HRM said I burned up over 6000 calories, and I maybe took in 500 pre ride 1500 - 2000 during the ride.
It seemed like every time I bonked, all I had to do was eat something and I was back on track, I just need to figure out what and how frequent to eat to avoid bonking.
I also only peed once at the final aid station, I should have been drinking more.
Post race
Event comments:

I would probably do this ride again, however I might try and leave earlier than 6:00 AM next time. It seemed a bit over crowded at the start, going over Lake Gulch. Also the aid stations seemed a little chaotic, there were quite a few people kinda wondering out on the road like they were lost or something.
Also what's with the ipods?

Last updated: 2008-04-17 12:00 AM
05:40:00 | 100 miles | 17.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Reached a new HR max of 185 this year
Wind: Headwind
Course: 3500 feet of climbing
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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