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Hammond, Louisiana
United States
Kiwani's Club
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 10m 9s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This was just a bike ride with support for me.
I got up at 0445 and ate a bagel with peanut butter, 2 cups of coffee.

Loaded up my gear and picked up Lonnie.

Quick check in and I just sat around waiting for the start.
Event warmup:

No real warm-up with the exception of making sure the bike was ready (computer, breaks, wheels aligned).
  • 3h 10m 9s
  • 61.4 miles
  • 19.37 mile/hr

I positioned myself in the front section of the peleton at the beginning. I wanted to be in the "fast" group and try to hang on for as long as possible.

Things were looking good until my saddle bag fell off my bike about 5 miles in... the roads were pretty rough and I guess it was jarred enough to come off. I didn't want to leave it so I went back for it....

Well turns out that the pack of 25 riders I was in had far out-distanced the rest of the ride... and my bag mishap left me and Lonnie about 100 yards behind the peleton (I just grabbed my bag and shoved into my jersey pocket to try to catch back up).

I tried furioiusly for about 10 minutes to pull us back to the peleton but just couldn't make it. We rode for about 15-20 minutes in the middle of the two groups before a single rider came by and we started working together to make up some time.

I never saw that peleton again. I didn't stop at any Sag station until the second to last one (~50 miles) to get some pure water for the last 10-12 miles. ( I did put my bag back on my bike at that point too).

Overall I road solo probably 25% of the time and with 2-3 other people the rest, taking more than fair share of pulls.

Riding in the hilly part of Clinton has helped out a lot. The hills were very doable and I even felt strong.

My strept throat is about gone too which helped, but I hadn't ridden in 6 days due to it before the race.

Due to taking only one very short stop I was among the first 10% back to the staging area (well that and a large paceline went *right* past the last turn) :)

What would you do differently?:

I had a good ride as compared to last year. Definately much stronger on the bike this year.
Post race
Warm down:

I ate jambalya drank some cokes and got a massage :)
Since I got back so early it was easy to get all that done.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The bag malfunction was definately a problem. I could have stayed with that front group for a good 30 more minutes at least AND I wouldn't have burned my quads trying to catch back up.

But by the same token I didn't want to lose my bag.

Event comments:

I gave it an 3 mainly because there was no beer at the end. Also I don't remember any music at the end either.

Last updated: 2007-09-08 12:00 AM
03:10:09 | 61.4 miles | 19.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The course was a large loop type that covered much of Tangipahoa area. It had just about everything, rollers, ups, downs, rough spots, headwinds, tailwinds.... just your average ride.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 3

2007-09-15 5:53 PM

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Denham Springs
Subject: Tour de Tangi

2007-09-15 10:08 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: Tour de Tangi
Dude, thats a super strong long ride. You have gotten so strong on the bike.
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