Saturday, June 23, 2012
|Joleen Chaney, Scott Hines (emcee), & me pre-race|
|Pineapple nerd alert!|
The 48 mile riders started at 8am. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and light winds. I could tell it was going to get really hot really fast. We passed the first water stop and rolled up on the second one about 20 miles in. They served "fancy water" as I like to call it - with cucumbers or oranges, etc in the water. We also ate pineapple on a stick! Very innovative and delicious! However, it's the paper towels I looked forward to the most. Note to self, never put sunscreen on your forehead when you are going to sweat a lot. It will drip into your eyeballs and hurt!
|Johnny Mac, me, & Patrick Lively|
|An example of cyclists drafting|
Totally forgot that you can draft in cycling events! In triathlons, you have to leave a 3-bike distance between you and the cyclist ahead of you or else you will get a time penalty. What is drafting? It's where you ride up really close to the cyclist in front of you so they take the brunt of the wind and you trail behind them with ease. According to this study, you can save up to 40% of your energy in a drafting group versus riding into the wind solo. It's a pretty good deal...unless you are in front!
The Heat is On
|Araine Cash organized the event!|
All in all it was fantastic experience. I should have a trained a bit more but I survived! I dare say that love cycling! Although, like other sports, it's a love-hate relationship.
I dedicated this ride to my Aunt Louise on my dad's side. She's lived with Type I Diabetes for nearly her entire life. She has to watch what she eats and take insulin shots regularly. She's a trooper! Thank you to all who donated an our fabulous teammates! We raised exactly $1,000 for the American Diabetes Association.