This is definitely the longest I’ve ever gone without posting! Life has been hectic lately – busy at work, busy with training, busy with Mother’s Day, etc. This weekend was by far the most epic workout weekend of all time and despite some bumps along the road, I finished what I set out to do!
Saturday was my first ride over 100 miles (I did 102!) and it was certainly not easy! I had estimated it would take me about 6 hours 40 minutes of ride time (approx.15 mph) to cover 100 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing (CdA is 41 feet/mile and this was nearly 40 feet/mile so pretty close to what we’ll be doing race day) and then added about an hour and fifteen minutes, thinking we’d be done in about 8 hours. That estimate was about 1 hour shy of the actual time of 9 hours, due to several mishaps along the way. Mishaps on the ride included:
- Bee sting to the lip (Mike – and last week Jeremy got stung on his leg!)
- 2 dropped chains (Asia both times)
- 2 flat tires (One for Jeremy, one for Mike)
- Garmin death circa mile 45 (i.e. misery for a type A numbers person)
- Shifting issues for me from miles 50-100
- More issues with arrogant men that don’t like to be passed by girls
I practiced my nutrition for race day on this ride and took with me 250/calories per hour for estimated 7 hours of ride time. Unfortunately with all these mishaps and including in stop lights, stop signs, and rest stops, we were out on the road for nearly 9 hours, so my 1,750 calories ended up equating to less than 200 calories/hour if you count overall ride time. I ended up adding about 160 extra calories in the form of a Gu and half a Coca-Cola but I think overall I was a bit undercaloried overall.I also counted up all my sodium for the day and weighed myself before and after the ride to get a gauge on my hydration. I drank about 120 ounces of water and had 2,300 mg of sodium total during the ride. I only lost 0.8 lbs from the time I woke up (pre-breakfast) to the time I finished the bike ride, so I think this worked okay, although there was a stretch where I felt dehydrated (slight headache) and I think I could have done with more water. The weather was in the 60s when we started and was in the mid-high 70s mid-day, so we were really feeling the effects of the heat (and I have a nice sunburn to prove it despite reapplying sunscreen two times on the road!).
In case you care – my nutrition for the ride (which is very similar to my race nutrition plan) was two 400 calorie bottles of Carbopro with 2 Nuuns each, 1 peanut butter banana Nutella sandwich, and 2 Stinger Waffles. Then I added 1/2 can of Coca-Cola and 1 Gu.
It Can Only Get Easier!
Overall, I didn’t feel fantastic on this ride. The last time we rode hills and I did over 90 miles, I felt really good for the majority of the ride. This wasn’t the case during the 100 miler – there were times that I just wanted to quit and it was a mental battle for quite a few of the miles. Overall I just didn’t feel as energized, strong or motivated as on previous rides. I’m not sure what the main contributing factor to this feeling was, but I’m sure there were several reasons.
The good news is, I finished the ride and I was still able to run a solid 18 miles the next day plus spend an hour on the trainer and not feel completely wiped. The 18 miler was actually easier than I anticipated. It was also good practice to be out on the road for 9 hours – that is good practice for the long day that I will have on June 24. The better news is, I plan to ride 100 miles one more time before the race and I’m SURE that it will go more smoothly. It can only get easier from here!
How do you get yourself through tough workouts? Have you ever been stung by a bee during a bike ride!?