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Honolulu, Hawaii
United States
Outta Bounds Hawaii
88F / 31C
Total Time = 5h 45m 17s
Overall Rank = 26/110
Age Group = M19-49
Age Group Rank = 20/
Pre-race routine:

Not a good lead into the week. I was already overweight and the tropical storm passing below the state brought a shit ton of rain Mon-Wed that didn't allow me to ride. Did 40 minutes on the trainer and that was it. Had a pretty good ride Thursday, short spin Friday. Probably the dumbest idea ever was to help shovel gravel and dirt for 2 hours in the hot sun on Saturday as the Waimanalo back roads were washed out from all the rain but someone needed to help clean it up before the race. Spend way too much time on my feet on Saturday...and in the sun. Drank a ton of water, but whatever.
Event warmup:

30 miles of neutral section at a painfully slow pace. I knew we were in for a long day as it just meant we get to deal with 30 more minutes of sun.
  • 5h 45m 17s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.46 mile/hr

We lucked out in that it wasn't pouring rain like it was earlier in the week nor was it insanely humid like it was last weekend. The trade winds meant we eat a headwind from North Shore to the finish but it kept things from getting insanely hot.

Neutral section was so slow. I can understand the areas where there was construction, but some of the "participants" in the back couldn't keep up and we constantly had to slow down for them so they could catch up. Normally the avg pace for the neutral is 18.5-20 mph...this year it was 16.5. It just meant that we spend more time in the sun.

Kunia was no problem. We had a group of about 50 that made it and I felt okay. I stayed near the back through Haleiwa towards Waimea and did not get caught up with the surges saving a lot of energy. Through North Shore there was a crash behind me. The sound of carbon hitting the ground just sends chills down your spine especially when the road we were on was extremely rough. I hear the guy had a severe concussion.

Pack was down to maybe 40 now and a few breaks kept trying to form. A few were shut down, but then one formed again as we came through Kaawa. It was a pretty decent break of about 6 guys and we had trouble getting organization. 8 of us were willing to rotate, but then it just died as the next guy in line tucked behind. We went through the process over and over again and it was getting a little frustrating.

I wasn't putting down huge efforts but I did notice my HR was really high. I drank a lot...I ate sufficiently...but it was so hot. Just before Temple Valley where the race really gets going I felt my hamstrings starting to pinch. I knew it wasn't going to happen today. Others were suffering too and I just let the pack go on that short climb after the aid station.

I tried to stay with another guy and we got caught at a stop light going onto Likelike as we were outside the police envelope. That's when Ben and Line caught up to us. I knew I couldn't stay with Ben and he took off so I decided to just pace with Line as she was the overall female leader at the time and nobody else was going to challenge her.

I dragged her over Mokapu, through Saddle Road, and to the base of Olomana. We picked up Jeff and Tino on the way but my plantar in my right foot started to act up and get really painful. Line started feeling better and she took some really big pulls from there to the finish where I was just trying to hang on and give her a few brief rests. Tino also helped but Jeff went up ahead.

I really wanted to just drop off through Waimanalo as my foot was killing me. I was so tired that it seemed like a huge effort just to push my shifter. The motto of this race is "race bravely." While it didn't turn out nearly how I had wanted to, I just sucked it up and gave what little I had.
What would you do differently?:

So many things. It's a laundry list of excuses but almost all of it was obvious and I have control over. Nobody to blame but myself.

Post race
Warm down:

Find shade. Helped break down and then went to the post race party at Lou's which was refreshing.

Last updated: 2015-08-31 12:00 AM
05:45:17 | 112 miles | 19.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/110
Performance: Bad
Wind: Strong
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