I did the “super” variation of last weekend’s Gorge Gravel Grinder:
Let me debrief. Feel free to add your experiences with bad races, unexpected hard days, etc.
A PRISTINE day for riding in the PNW, but I was kind of shocked at my poor performance. I have a few #excuses:
- Did I have a cold? I went to sleep the night before and I felt like something was very off.
- In the “neutral rollout”, I was in the group with some very fast guys (e.g. Peter Stetina); the pace, for me, was at or above my threshold.
- I missed an aid station. As a result, ate 60 g carb in hour 1, 60 g carb in hour 2, but then 0 anything hours 3 and 4. Throw in a few minutes of very VO2-like efforts for me and I’m literally begging for food from passersby. Some nice peeps gave me a 100 calorie Maurten gel and a sleeve of Clif Shot Bloks.
- This was too much for any activity type on week 8 of 18 weeks of sweet spot (perhaps that is obvious…)
So, after surviving my unintended fasting, I had to start nursing an old achilles strain, and I struggled to get my heart rate above 145 bpm, barely managing Z2 for the remaining 3 hours. Came in last place for men 18-35 and 87th out of 89 for men overall; finished in 7:17:26.