Saturday, June 27, 2009
Cartersville Century 2009
Hot Hot Hot... 8:00 start but blazing hot before 10:00 am. Stayed with the front group and made the mistake of pulling a few times. Not part of the plan. Looked like everyone was stopping for water at the 50 mile rest stop but 8 to 12 others continued on. 2 min. water fill-up let Reger, 1 other rider and myself to not really chase but see if we could catch the front couple of guys. The trailing pack caught us 5 or so miles down the road. Stomach turned on me at 60 miles. Made it to the rest stop at mile 82 picking up a few people coming off the front group and with what was left of our group down to about 7 people. Could barley drink now. Avg pace so far was 21.8 mph with avg watts at 181 and NP at 214 for 3 hours 45 minutes. The engine was gone, no food or drink going down, just back up at mile 87. Crawled to the finish (4.5 hours total) Ride was 94 miles with an optional loop around the park to get to 100. I passed. Thanks to Adam for dragging me back to the start even though he was cramping and to Dana for driving me back to Atlanta and lastly Reger for leaving a perfect text message to the world and made me smile at the end even though I didn't feel like it. No more century rides for me if the temp is in the 90's! Start weight 168 lbs. Finish weight 155 lbs. 5122 feet of climbing for the day.