Laurie A. rode: 56 mile time trial......

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  • 56 miles
  • 03:36 time
  • 15.6 pace
  • 2678 calories
  • 3015 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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good 56 mi 03:36 15.6mph pace

56 mile time trial...or... bike leg of a 1/2 Ironman Relay. So unlike the riding I normally do. I go for distance and climbs with a social aspect, occasional stops to catch my breath, admire the view, wait for others. This was non-stop, no views, and trying to pass a few people. I told my team (Jay & Katie) that I would be back in 3:30 (or anytime after that). I set out at a really good pace (not sure it was one I could maintain for long) and headed out of the Rez for the Quincy Rollers. passed few people, gave them all nicknames so I would remember if they passed me back later, got to the turn around was able to see how the aid stations worked for next time. and headed back across the rollers again adding a few more nicknames to my list. I hit the first right turn and floored it remembering how quick this section was and it did not disappoint, got quite a few more nicknames. Next right and kept going. I stopped with the nicknames since it wasn't getting passed back and it getting too hard to do (I was getting passed plenty but not by people that I'd passed). I was feeling great averaging 18 mph so far and then I turned the next right to Kiowa and the course did not disappoint, it got hard in a hurry. Horrible headwind and incline. I watched my pace just dwindle along with my 10 minute cushion that I'd built up in my 1/2 hour splits of where I wanted to be. Everyone on this stretch was just suffering. And finally we got to turn right again and welcomed the crosswind and the third and final round of the rollers. About 10 miles to go my right foot started cramping and I really needed to push through the discomfort and pain and tell myself to just keep pedaling. By the time I got back to the transition area I was ready to be off the bike, grateful I didn't have to run (I could barely walk), and happy with my performance I came really close to my goal and I did not stop once. Team Feldman, Allin & Allin finished 10th in the co-ed relay division (2nd among Anadarko relay teams). Overall I'm glad I did it, and this morning I'm still on the fence of if I'd do it again (I'll let you know when my foot stops hurting)