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Babylon, Long Island, New York
United States
Five Borough Bicycle Club
54F / 12C
Precipitation
Total Time = 6h 16m 48s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 2:45 and wondered, "What the F are you doing???" I dragged myself out of bed by 2:55, slipped into some spandex and had 2 Eggo Nutrigrains and coffee. At 3:30 I headed out into the dark to hail a cab and luckily got a driver who was generous enough to wait while I (A) Took several minutes to get my front wheel off, I guess I should have tried that at least once before, and (B) Tried to wedge my nice Cervelo first in the trunk and eventually in the back seat. Thank god he wasn't worried about dirt or chain marks.

I checked in at Penn Station and met up with jmk-brooklyn, the guy who convinced me it was a good idea to do a century when I was only scheduled for a 60 mile ride. I also bumped into a friend I recently met in the pool and have been doing some training with. It was raining a little, a nice foreshadowing of what was to come. But at least we had entertainment. Aside from the 500 freaks in spandex, the only other people at Penn Station at 4am are totally wasted and up to no good.
Event warmup:

Nada. I retrieved my bike, went to the bathroom as many times as possible to procrastinate getting started, checked my bag and got on the bike. It was raining pretty hard and about 10 degrees cooler than Manhattan so I really debated what to wear. I decided to ditch the tights and go with my warm cycling jacket, shorts and booties over my shoes. I'd later regret this.
Bike
  • 6h 16m 48s
  • 101.69 miles
  • 16.19 mile/hr
Comments:

This was the ultimate sufferfest but I gained a lot from it. We started in temps around 50 in the pouring rain. I'm afraid to get on my bike in the rain due to my still lingering post-crash-trauma disorder. The first bit was slow in towns and residential areas so it gave me a chance to get acclimated but it felt like forever to the first rest area at mile 21. My glasses were all beaded up with water and I could barely see. Water was streaming down my face and my clothes were soaked. I immediately wished I had left those tights on to spare my skin the burning of the wind. I lost the feeling in my feet around mile 15 despite wearing the booties. I put them under the hand dryer at the rest stop to attempt to warm them up, it helped marginally.

As soon as we headed out of the rest area the rain started up again and this time it was even harder. My hands went numb, my feet were like dead blocks of ice and I wondered if I might go hypothermic and have to be carted off to the ER in the SAG wagon. I was struggling to fuel because drinking was unpleasant and my gel flask turned to the consistency of ice cream. I compensated by eating solid food at the rest areas. The peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches saved my life.

I hit a low point at the 50 mile rest area. I was shivering, teeth chattering and had zero feeling in my feet and hands. It was hard to walk to the porta potty and I had a hard time going to the bathroom because my hands just didn't work and couldn't grip my waistband. I decided to stay inside there and try to warm up just a little. I tucked my hands under my arms tightly against my body and tried to wiggle my toes around a bit. I must have stood in there for 5 minutes. There was ironically a mirror and I looked at myself and thought "are you a quitter or will you go out there, get back on your bike and finish?" I finally found the courage to walk out and find Jonah and get back on the road. I shook uncontrollably for the first 10 minutes we rode.

At one point Jonah made a joke about how at least the roads were good, but then the potholes started and I swear we rode on some of the worst roads I've seen. Because of this and the giant lakes that had formed, we rode way out in the lane, at times across the center line. And that led to my next low point. A truck drove by and hit a puddle just as I was passing and a giant wall of water went right over me, right in my face. The sad part is that it was raining so hard and I was already soaked so it didn't even phase me.

Shortly before the last rest area at mile 74, the rain stopped and I started to feel human again. Walking around brought some feeling back to my feet and two cookies and some strawberries boosted my energy. I finally thought I could make it. The final stretch was the most challenging terrain wise. There is a long false flat where you can maintain 18-19mph, but your legs really burn from the gradual incline. This is where I started passing people who had passed me earlier. I was getting a little squirmy in the saddle (a brand new saddle BTW and this was my first ride on it) but otherwise was feeling incredibly good. My legs only started to hurt around mile 90 and I knew I was almost done so I kept pushing. I was overjoyed when I saw the pink marker spray painted on the road that said "end" with an arrow pointing ahead.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. These were by far the worst conditions I hope I ever have to ride in. It was cold, rainy, we had gusty headwinds and some rotten roads so given what the day handed us, I am amazed we did as well as we did. I feel like I didn't ride timidly and that's a big step for me. It could have been so much worse. For whatever reason, there were tons of people with flats and if I had flatted, I could never have changed a tire with my numb hands.
Post race
Warm down:

I was supposed to do a brick run but it would have meant missing the train and being stuck waiting for 2 hours in the cold. So I put my bike on the truck, took the best hot shower I've ever had, inhaled a veggie burger and just made the train. Jonah had already gotten on the train so I rode back with my training partner friend and his crew. We ate all the snacks we had on us and then napped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Atrocious weather, poor nutrition.

Event comments:

Like I said, I gained a lot and that's what these events are about. Despite the conditions, I had fun thanks to being able to ride it with a friend. It felt like good preparation for IMWI, I am far better equipped to deal with bad weather.




Last updated: 2009-05-12 12:00 AM
Biking
06:16:48 | 101.69 miles | 16.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Pretty nice course from Babylon to Montauk. The beginning was residential/towns and the later part of the course went through some beautiful scenery, not that I could see it or enjoy it with the rain streaming down my face. There were some climbs at the end, otherwise it was pretty flat and not overly technical.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-05-18 10:00 PM

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2009-05-18 10:26 PM
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After this ride, you are ready for anything!!  Great job out there, I got cold reading this!
2009-05-19 7:53 AM
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Wow...The ride reminded me of IMOO 06. And what  a mental battle it was to just finnish the bike.  Great job again.  You have gained so much from that ride and you will thank yourself later.  You are one mentally tough gale. 
2009-05-19 8:54 AM
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great work Kristin!!!  you are a goddess!!  Keep up the great work!!

2009-05-19 10:20 AM
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Woooowwwww...
You know after that, you can do ANYTHING! ANYTHING!!!!

2009-05-19 10:28 AM
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SO great to have gone through this before your IM - that ride will seem like nothing compared to this! Congrats!


2009-05-19 10:39 AM
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Great job, Kristen! You are a mean cycling machine!
2009-05-19 2:22 PM
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Wow!  I am impressed.  Way to push through and keep going in such atrocious conditions!
2009-05-19 2:37 PM
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Awesome job K!

i can imagine how cold you were, at least it was warmer than 14

2009-05-19 3:44 PM
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Hey I just saw this! Nice work out there!
2009-05-19 6:22 PM
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Very much an mental toughness workout that will help you in the future.

Sweet job in wretched conditions.


2009-05-19 9:57 PM
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Wow, that really sucked didn't it? Great job getting to the finish line. You're ready for anything IMWI can throw at you.


2009-05-20 1:01 PM
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nice job! I can think of another much more awful recent experience hence this ride was probably a breeze walk in comparison
2009-05-21 7:30 PM
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Congratulations, New Yawk Hawtie!!!

Definitely had the feeling of IM Moo '06.  I volunteered that year and went with a double-shift when I wasn't schedule because I felt that if they can be out there racing, then I can at least support them in the inclement weather.  Was well worth it.

Now, that's a big notch in your tri-belt!  GREAT JOB!!

2009-05-22 5:28 AM
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Nice ride, K. That sounded like a complete mental training day....
2009-05-22 6:32 AM
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Wow! I've always wanted to do this ride. Now: Not so much...


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