El Tour de Tucson XXV
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El Tour de Tucson XXV - Cycle
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I felt good on the ride. I was not too sure what to expect as my previous long was 30 miles. I passed many more people than those that passed me. This is always nice. I stopped three times at aid stations for approx 10 mins each. I also stopped very briefly to get some air in my tires. I always have an appreciation for the volunteers. They earned their t-shirts at the race spending the day cutting fruit and ensuring the comfort of the riders. I was pleased that I did not have any mechanical issues with the bike and was not involved in a crash. I saw several of each including two ambulances on the course.
What would you do differently?:
I would have liked to ride the 109 with the rest of the ESCKTC peeps but simply was not ready for that distance in a competitive setting. Although, I felt good, I am sure that I did not drink enough on the course. Certainly, some more training would help.
Walked around a little bit and obtained my medal. I then stood in line for a beer. I looked for my friends to no avail. I took my bike to the bike check area after asking for directions and caught the shuttle to retrieve my vehicle. I wnet to the restroom to wipe off all of the sweat and change clothes. After picking up the bike, I headed back to Phoenix stopping to eat dinner on the way.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
You know, I thought that I changed gears really well considering all of the elevation changes and the volume of people. I also took every opportunity to draft. I jumped in line whenver I saw one go by.
I will improve as I get more training under my belt.
This is the 25th year of the race, so it is run very well without many glitches. I would have liked to see some snacks at the finish area. I only saw water and food for purchase. I would do this race again.
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My leg of the race started at 1030. This was nice as for once I did not have to get up before the sun. I had some coffee (thanks Tanya), oatmeal and a banana.
I took a shower and got my stuff together for the race. Applied sunscreen.
I did not do much to warmup except for some light stretching. I left the house about 45 minutes prior to the start. I started to get a little worried as I got caught up in traffic at Kolb and Valencia. I was able to get in line with about 10 minutes to spare before the start.