Today was the 2013 Tour De Cure Las Vegas. Thank you for all those who sponsored me.
I was up early and had to wait around at home since registration wasn't until 9:00 and the 30 mile course start wasn't until 10:00. I couldn't wait around all morning and actually got to registration early and picked up my number:
I also picked up my t-shirt and took it to the van. Then it was a matter of waiting for the start.
To pass the time I ran by and talked to J from ProCyclery who was manning the bike check. Thanks J!!!!
Finally it was time to line up for the start:
And then we were off!
As is normally my modus operandi, I faded towards the back of the pack leaving the start line. Eventually I was riding behind another rider - Juan. He was a red rider. He was setting a very comfortable pace and I resisted sprinting around him on the flat/slight incline we started on. However we hit a small downhill and I couldn't hold back, I let the gravity assist boost me forward hoping to get a good run up the next hill. It wasn't enough, but I was able to ride up the next hill.
We continued on and it was getting warm, but I was enjoying the ride.
The next hill was more than I could handle. Lots of people were walking their bikes so I did the same. It sure felt like walking was as hard as biking up the hill. I had to stop several times on the way up. Juan caught up to me and he was awesome. When I had to stop and rest he stopped as well and encouraged me on. Thanks Juan!
To make a long story short, there were 4 or 5 more tough hills that meant lots more walking and I was getting hot and tired. We did hit a few decent downhills and I surely enjoyed them.
We got to what is essentially the lowest point and started up the next little hill and I was really done. Juan stopped with me as did the SAG. Juan talked to me about going to sit in the SAG to cool off, but I knew I was not going to continue. I really think it was a combination of the heat, bad nutrition and a lack of hydration.
One great lesson I learned - if you are going to ride hills in the heat of the day, then you should train on hills in the heat of the day! :)
Next year I will conquer this!
Thank you to the Lions Club for manning the SAG vehicles and giving me the lift back to the start.