Well, the 24 hour race didn’t go anything like I’d planned. Quite honestly, for me, it sucked! My body & mind just weren’t cooperating in any way, shape or form. At about 3 hours I started cramping badly. Then, I started having a constant urge to pee, no real idea what caused that. From there it actually went downhill.
I’d do a lap or two and then have to sit and recover for a 1/2 hour or so. Eventually, at about 9:00 p.m. I decided that I’d had enough, at least for awhile. Kera and I walked over to our friend Mathais’ tent and had a beer with him. It was at that point that I realized that I was happier not continue any further.
Oh, not to mention that I was getting quite bored with the course as well. The course was right at 7 km long and to me, seemed to be unrelenting. It was either steep uphills or flat. Most of the flat parts of the course were on pavement or grass. Which on a single-speed means that you end up spinning your ass off.
I suppose, in my defense, I’ve had bad allergic-like sinus problems for a couple of weeks and then my brother came to town and I haven’t had the time to train properly for most of the last month. Not the best reasons/excuses, but it’s all that I’ve got.
Oh well, in the end, I did 115.1 + km’s (71.5 miles) in about 5.5 hours with an average speed of 20.4 km (12.7 mph). That added up to 17 laps according to the folks who scored it. Given that 100 solo racers started and I ended up 71st after just 5.5 hours, I can’t be too upset with myself, other than that I did quit a race. Another 24 in the future and I’ll conquer the 24 hour beast.
Promoters first pics
The ‘official’ photos for the race aren’t up on Sportograf yet. Seems that they took a whopping 30,000 pics of the 1500+ racers. Ouch! No wonder they’re not all up yet.