I did it. I conquered my biggest challenge so far. I made it through 100 miles in 6 hrs 40 minutes ride time (7 hrs 20 min total time). It took all I had in me to make it through it. Towards the end, I couldn't help but think about how the heck I am going to be able to do another 12 miles on the bike and then run a full marathon? My next 100+ miler will definitely be followed by a short run to see how it feels.
I headed out to the Silver Comet early Sunday morning. The weather was pretty good. It was in the mid 60s and overcast. It would stay cool the whole time I was out there. It did rain for about an hour of the ride, but it was never more then a light mist.
Rather then doing 50 out and 50 back, I decided to do to loops of 25 out and back. This would give me the right amount of distance between stops for bathroom/water. Because I would go back to the car, I only had to carry one bottle of perpeteum which gave me an extra bottle of water.
I headed off just after 8 in the morning. I did a good job of keeping my HR in check and controlled my pace. I did not want to use up all my energy. Things felt good. I reached the 25 mile turn around point in about 90 minutes and turned back towards the car. About halfway back, my knees began to hurt some. I tried to focus on keeping my knees in since I know that letting them fall outward is a definite contributor to knee pain.
Made it back to the car about five minutes slower then it took me to go out. Not too bad, but I knew the next 50 would truly be a challenge both mentally and physically.
To pass the time as I headed out, I played lots of little mind games. In order to distract myself from thinking about the distance, I went through 99 bottles (plus some) of beer on the wall. This of course only got me about 5 miles or so. as I hit about 60 miles, I started to doubt myself. I seriously started to consider turning around at my next stop at 66 miles. Once I reached the restroom and filled my bottles, I knew I had come too far to turn around now. I made it the last 9 miles to mile 75, took a few minutes to stretch, and I headed back in. The second 50 miles was about 30 minutes slower then the first half. While not great, I am ok with that.
At some point, I was sitting up and was "flapping my wings" to loosen up my shoulders. For some reason, this brought back memories of the Chicken Dance. When I was a kid at summer camp, we went to the local skating rink (Galaxy Skateway for you SoFla folks)several times a week. One of the tings they always did was the chicken dance. Appropriately the lyrics I remembered (which based on a google search arent the actual lyrics) were "I cant believe I'm doing this I must be nuts!! There were several times throughout the ride that those lyrics kept coming back to me.
Once I cooled off and changed my clothes, I headed home. To reward myself I stopped and got my favorite post-ride cookies from QT. I dont know how they taste normally, but they just taste amazing after a long hard ride. I came home and took a nice soothing Ice bath, donned my compression socks and chillaxed for the rest of the day. Monday, I was still a little sore, but after using my trigger point kit, I felt so much better. I went for a run yesterday and a short ride today. I am definitely feeling the effects of the century ride. I will take it easy to the weekend and I have a long run on Saturday and then I think I will hit the lake for an OWS on Sunday to test my wetsuit that I havent used since last year at South Carloina.
I cant believe its only 10 days till IM Augusta 70.3. I dont have any real plans for this race other then enjoy it and test my race nutrition for B2B. A PR is possible since I had to walk most of the run, but I will not be disappointed if I dont get a PR.
I feel pretty good about my bike nutrition. I had no problems using Perpeteum on my bike. The run is the big question. I have been training mostly with Mint Chocolate Gu this year, but I am almost out and have kinda gotten sick of goo, so I am moving back to what I used last year, cliff shot blocks.
After this ride, I have regained a new respect for the distance. I feel like the mental challenge is going to be much harder then the physical one. I have done the math and worst case scenario (barring something truly oncontrollable) I know I can complete the distance before cutoff at 17 hours, I just have to have the willpower and confidence to complete it.