From July 7-14, I was gone on a mission trip with the youth group from our church. Because of this, I missed a week’s worth of rides (and swims). I knew I needed to get back on the bike and decided to do the Katy Flatland Century ride on July 22nd. I did the ride in 2010 when training for IMFL and it was a great ride. I was hoping it would be once again.
Saturday morning I got up and did my long run of the week. Once I had showered and packed I headed to Katy to get my packet, eat dinner, and get ready to ride.
The start of the ride was a little different this year. Instead of a mass start, there was a rolling start. And, instead of starting at 7:00am the rolling start began at 6:30am this year. That was nice as being in Texas, things heat up fast. I wanted to be done as soon as possible, so I rolled out as close to 6:30 as I could.
My goal today was to do my ride and not get caught up in what everyone else was doing. I wasn’t going to get caught up in the pace lines or worry about people passing me. This ride is a flat ride and some of the riders are fast. Besides, not all riders do the century ride, so it’s hard in the beginning to know who is doing what ride. It’s obviously easier to ride 40 miles at 19mph than it is 100 miles. Today was my ride, at my speed, whatever that speed turned out to be.
My plan from the beginning was to stop at every other aid station. This would take care of my potty needs and allow me to refill my bottles and take enduralyte tablets. This worked well and kept me feeling good on the bike.
At the half way point, I was still averaging 17.3 mph (which for me is good) and at mile 75 the average was still 17.1. I was very happy with how the ride was going, but I will admit the last 25 miles (and especially the last 12 miles) were tough. I have issues with my upper back (think traps and rhomboids) getting tight and today was no different. Plus, it was finally starting to get hot and at this point the crowd is thinned out greatly so there are times you are pretty much on your own. I pushed through, however, and finished with a ride time of 5:54:22 for a 16.94 average. I would be so happy to have that average at IMAZ, but that time does not account for stops. I don’t stop for long when I stop, but it does factor into your time during an IM.
After the ride, I enjoyed a veggie burger and some lemonade. I’m so grateful they have the veggie burger as an option. I then went outside and got a 20 minute massage to see they could loosen up my back. After that I showered in the locker room at the stadium and then headed home.
This ride gives me some confidence that my training is where it needs to be right now and that makes me happy. Now if I can just figure out the tightness issue.