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Richmond, Virginia
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 6h 35m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

shower, to RIchmond to meet up with Susan and Melanie.
Event warmup:

We rode to the start area, hit the portapotties....rode around the block then waited. We tried to seed ourselves toward the back of the peleotn heading out. Lost Melanie....she was caught farther ahead of us.
  • 6h 35m
  • 103 miles
  • 15.65 mile/hr

So we lost Melanie right from the start. She didn't come as far back as Susan and I did into the peleton to start. We knew we'd find her eventually and stuck together. Made it to rest stop 1 in just about 45 minutes....walk to the portapotties, grab a snack from my jersey cause none of the offerings here appealed. Found Chuck, Melissa and Scott from my swim class. Learned that Chuck was one of many who flatted out in the first leg.
My cateye sensor is not picking up....I feel like I am clueless about how I am doing. Susan and I headed out and caught up with a good peleton that we kept up with for the next section, averaged about 18 mph from what the guys said.
Rest stop 2 we find Melanie so we hung together. Caught up with another group and stuck on their wheels as much as possible.
Hit the next rest stop and felt good, refilled bottles....a snack, a real toilet to stop at. More butt butter (so glad I found individual packets of that stuff!)
My sensor decided to work for this section to the turn around. Hot spots on my feet....take shoes off. Stretch, refill something from the grocery store I have in my jersey pockets cause they didn't have much out.
Head back out and Mr Fucking Headwind decided to come out and play with us. Unrelentless. Unmerciful. Nonstop. Hit the next rest stop and Susan has started to cramp up. Dug through my pockets and gave her a packet of endurolytes.
We kept stopping for Susan, she's in bad shape. We limped her to the next rest stop and she got in the sag van at about 75 miles. Her muscles were contorting with the cramps, Not Safe. Melanie and I fueled up on M&M's, refilled our bottles and rode on.
My body is screaming at me. I am exhausted. THe wind is so unrelentless that I am unable to get my water bottle to drink for fear I will wind up lying in the road. Wouldn't have done me any good anyway, by now the propel in my bottles is warmer than piss and my stomach is refusing to take it.
Hot spots return, how long to the next rest stop? Maybe 2 miles. THose 2 miles never came. We missed a turn. Finally hit a road where we can pull off for me to stretch. Not a clue where we are, no signs. How do you know how to get where you're going if you don't know where you are????? THe van picking up the tables and tents from rest stops sees us and asks if er're okay. We explain our situation. He tells us we're on Rt 5 and if we stay on it we will get to Richmond in about 12 miles. Okay, we're riding this bad boy out.
We get to the underpass at 295 and I am almost in tears , the wind is killing me. Melanie tells me to get back on the bike. We pass a convenience store, would have had to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get in and out of it.
Finally hit another store, I pull in. Melanie looks at me and asks why I am stopping. Must have something cold. Buy 2 bottles of water, drink them in about 5 minutes. THat was what I needed. Kept going. Only now the road is in the process of resurfacing so it's all ungraded and rough as hell. After a few miles of that we get back to smooth pavement. Finally see the Richmond skyline. I have never been so happy to see that skyline. Had I been on the ground I would have bent over and kissed it.
We made it in...ate and came home.

What would you do differently?:

Not get lost
Learn how to fight 50 miles of headwind?
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mr Fucking Headwind

Event comments:

Losing the route sucked. Suddenly there were no little orangesigns directing our way. The people who told us how to get back to Richmond were awesome!!

Last updated: 2010-03-07 12:00 AM
06:35:00 | 103 miles | 15.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: Winds through Richmond and the Battlefield Park then heads out to Jamestown. Head back pretty much on Patriot HIM course for a part then rt 5 then I don't have a fucking clue.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-05-08 5:20 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: Capital-to-Capital Century

2010-05-08 6:00 PM
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East Side of the Bay
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Oh my Judi that ride sounds brutal!!  Glad you made it.  Your avg time was great given the headwind, you must have been flying on the way out!  Strong work there woman!!
2010-05-08 6:07 PM
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The Land of Ice and Snow
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Way to HTFU Judi....despite Mr F*cking Headwind.

I wish he would go to Africa or something. I think we have all had quite enough of his antics............

Edited by aquagirl 2010-05-08 6:08 PM
2010-05-08 6:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Our head wind is 20-30 MPH today, so I hid in the basement.  Nice job.  100 miles is along ways and become a mental fight after 50 miles.  You are read for your IM now. 
2010-05-08 6:59 PM
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Richmond VA
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century

Good job QZ - I heard it was nasty coming back today, way to hang in there!

Hopefully the wind will be more gentle for the MS150 in 2 weeks.

2010-05-08 7:12 PM
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Way to tough it out.  I got a speedfill (waterbotte with long hose)  for my birthday.  Just grab the nozzle and drink.  Easy an safe and not all that weight on bars.  That head wind was tough today.  Made for some pretty good waves in lake Anna.

2010-05-08 9:10 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Just think how easy the next Century will feel after today!  Nice job getting it done.
2010-05-08 10:54 PM
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Canandaigua NY
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Great job today, winds, heat etc. can make your mind place doubts in your abilities!  Nice that you were able to overcome the negative thoughts and power through!!!

You have a little R and R coming!!!

2010-05-09 5:37 AM
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Quebec, Canada
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Great job Judi!!

I hate when Mr Headwind comes out to play with us. Awesome job out there keeping at it and finishing the century
2010-05-09 7:49 PM
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South Suburb of Chicago, IL
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Congrats on the tough finish!! Sounds like the wind was a really kick in the a@#. At least it helped you determine how mentally tough you are.
2010-05-09 11:50 PM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Wicked ride .... way to hang in there and tough it out. You've earned it.

2010-05-10 5:28 AM
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Outstanding! Yes, I know what the wind was like that day

You done great. I'm going to have to catch one of these centuries around here. They always seem to fall on Tri days for me, though.
2010-05-10 6:29 AM
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Ames, IA
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Awesome job in such craptastic conditions!  Sticking it out was a pure test of will.
2010-05-10 1:52 PM
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Portland, Oregon
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Sounds like the beyotches  of the sky were doin their usual. Grrr. Way to HTFU and fight that headwind and "misdirections". Great pace for that distance! I gotta find me some of those single serving butter packets tout de suite!

Edited by kirih 2010-05-10 1:53 PM
2010-05-11 6:44 PM
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Williamsburg, VA
Subject: RE: Capital-to-Capital Century
Man you did a fantastic job considering the wind.  At least you didn't have to climb over a down tree. That's a long way on a bike. MAybe next year we can pass each other.
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