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Longview, Texas
United States
East Texas Lightnin'
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 50m
Overall Rank = ?/?
Age Group = Female
Age Group Rank = 1/?
Pre-race routine:

Did the 5k run before. Then changed and got my bike ready, talked to several bike dorks and waited for the start.
Event warmup:

Umm, I might have ridden around the parking lot twice. It was just a tour, not a race, but as they say, you can't gather a bunch of people on bikes and not have it be a race. There was even a guy warming up on a trainer. I just thought I would post a report since it's the first pay ride of the season.
  • 2h 50m
  • 54 miles
  • 19.06 mile/hr

Well, the time is a little bit of a guesstimate. The ride was supposed to start at 10:00, but it was at least 5 minutes after that before we got going and I finished at 12:55 so I did it somewhere in the 2:45-2:50 range. We headed out Airline Rd. and a couple of guys immediately attacked. So we had this huge group charging after them. I'm trying to stay calm and not get caught up in the game, but that's hard, especially when it's so easy to cruise at 25 mph in a big group like that. I saw an ugly site...some big bubba had his tights ridin' a little low and his jersey a little high. One of the Tyler guys says to me, "Looks like we got a plumber with us." Anyways, we turn on to 449 and the big group pretty much blows up except for the few Men's cat 2 and 3 type racer dudes. People are dropping back quickly and I slowly just start picking people off. I pass by Jimmy Calk (Longview guy) he doesn't even try to go with me. Go by a couple of Tyler people, one trys to go with me for a little while, but then he dies off. I come by Mike Perez (Longview guy) and he sticks with me. We catch up to a couple of other guys and now we have 4 which helps because as Lane would say, "Holy headwind batman!" Going out 449 was just yucky because it was so windy. The 4 of us turn on to 450, only to discover that the wind was worse from the south. I'm thinking to myself...I better be flying on the way back. Going down 450 we drop one of the guys. Close to Hallsville we pick up another guy who was involved in a crash (awhile later one of the guys told me that this guy who crashed used to race nationally for the Mexican team...pretty cool). We get to Hallsville where you can decide to do the 40 or 54 mile route. Perez says he's doing 40. What?! Don't leave me! But he went on straight as did the guy who crashed. So it was just me and this other guy (from Nacagdoches). The wind continues beating against us on Hwy 80. At the rest stop, the Nac guy stops and I keep going, which really sucked into the wind. I turned on to 968 which heads south for awhile before turning back west. Everytime it would curve west it would be like, aahhh nice; then south, dang it $%&%. I eventually saw another guy and caugt up to him. I thought I would draft off of him for awhile, but we started up a hill and he was just going too slow, so I left him. The route rejoins the 40 mile route at 450 and 968 and there was a ton of Longview people stopped and they cheered for me as I went by. Yea!, now I have lots of 40 miler rabbits to chase. It was lonely back there. And, we're now heading northwest so there is a tailwind. I started cruising, passing people left and right. Once on loop 281 I met up with Steve (Longview guy) who had done the 40 miler...he picks it up and rides with me and we talk for a bit, but then I guess he blew up on the overpass that goes over 80 because I didn't see him anymore. It was a nice cruise back to the finish. It wasn't a blazing fast pace, but considering the wind and it being early in the season...I am proud of the way I rode.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. Having a group to ride with would have helped in the wind.
Post race
Warm down:

Chili time! I had two bowls, which several people made fun of, but they didn't run a 5k and ride 54 miles so they can just leave me alone. Come to find out, only a couple of the Longview guys (the hammerheads) and a few hammerheads from Tyler did the 54 miler. What a bunch of weenies everyone else was. I'm not sure if there was even any other female riders on the 54 mile route...if there was, they came in a long time after I did.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind! Some of the roads were a little rough too, but that's just the way it is in East Texas.

Event comments:

Good ride. Will definitely do it again next year if I can. It's just so much fun because everyone is excited about getting out and riding again so I got to see so many people that I knew. It was a blast!

Last updated: 2005-02-05 12:00 AM
02:50:00 | 54 miles | 19.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/?
Overall: 0/?
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: The course left Doris McQueen out Airline Rd. to 449. East on 449 to 450. South on 450 to Hwy 80. East on Hwy 80 to 968. 968 back to loop 281, to tryon road to eastman road, back to the school. There was an incredibly strong wind out of the south-southeast.
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-02-05 5:53 PM

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Longview, TX
Subject: Freeze yer Fanny ride

2005-02-05 6:08 PM
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Plant City, FL
Subject: RE: Freeze yer Fanny ride

Gina, you're amazing!  First, you kick poor little Miss 22 minutes' butt in the 5K, then you beat all the men and ride 54 miles!!   You're my hero!!  

Great race reports!! 

2005-02-05 11:38 PM
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Keller Texas
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Way to go. Looks like everyone else was goofying off this off season. I can really see how your hard work is paying off for you. Great Job.

I guess your fanny is not frozen.

2005-02-06 1:29 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Subject: RE: Freeze yer Fanny ride
COngrats on both races. You did awsome....wish I could run that fast. Keep up the great work -S
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