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I am a nationally certified & NY registered Athletic Trainer w:: MS in Biomechanics. Long distance running is my true first love but I'm an avid cyclist and triathlete as well. I've run over 20 marathons, 2 50k's, 4 Ironman, And 15 1::2 Ironman. vff runner
- 10359 total / 2352 in 2013
Sub 11hrs at Ironman USA, Lake Placid 2012 (PR 11:20) Sub 4:45 1/2 IM (PR 4:59) Sub 3hrs Marathon (PR 2:46, but haven't gone sub 3 in 20yrs) Finish 50mi race
Douglas S. rode: I have to say it was ...
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- 100 miles
- 05:24 time
- 18.5 pace
- 7254 calories
I have to say it was almost a perfect day to ride. Jr had a great idea in going out long on the bikes today, and glad he invited me along. I just wish that I had a great ride. I rode well, but it was a tough day. My endurance is back, but on first climb of the day I could tell I'm not quite full strength as I watched Jr easily pull away from me. It wasn't enough to slow me for the day, as I would soon find out, I did have some strength back. About 8mi into ride I noticed my rear tire was a bit low on air. I pumped both tires up to 110psi just before the ride, but I'd been having some problems with tires getting slow leaks in them lately that I evidentally hadn't fixed the cause of yet. I decided to ride it as long as I could, thereby hoping that when I changed tubes the next one would get me the rest of the way through the day. Well, at 20mi the tire was too flat to safely ride anymore so we pulled over for me to change it. Jr went and refilled bottles for us while I changed tire and looked again for cause on rim and tire itself, no luck.
We started out again and I don't think we'd gone more than 5mi when I noticed my tire was a little low again. I had only brought 1 tube, and 1 CO2, so decided to ignore it and ride as long as I could. I knew Jr had a spare tube and more CO2 so was hoping to get as many miles as possible before using our last spares. We made turn at 50mi and Jr noticed my tire was getting low, and I told him what was going on and my plan, so we kept riding. Jr by the way, was really keeping the pace humming along and I was working hard to keep up with him, and each mile was tougher as tire got lower on pressure. We stopped around 65mi mark to fill bottles and grab sandwich. Jr hit my tire w/ a bit more air as well. But, immediately upon starting to ride again I knew air was leaking out even faster. I made it to 80mi mark (100yds from first tire change) when I finally had to give in and use last tube. We had stopped at bike shop couple miles previous hoping I could buy more, but they were closed.
Both of us checked tire and rim again, and Jr found a small hole in tire. Not sure that it was cause, but not willing to chance it, I put a tire boot over hole, put in new tube and inflated. Somehow I screwed up and used all of the CO2 but didn't get a proper fill, so I started out last stretch of ride already low. Both of us crossed fingers and somehow I made it rest of way without losing any more pressure. I'm guessing I was riding at about 85psi rest of the way in. All told I rode less than 10mi of the 100mi at anywhere near proper pressure. Felt like I was dragging a cinder block most of the ride, but, I got her home and we managed a strong pace most of the way (Thanks to Jr pulling most of it). Thanks Jr!