Well, I think it’s safe for me to say i underperformed at mountain mayhem.
The main problem I had was that i simply couldn’t eat (or rather shovel food down my neck in quick bursts; which i normally can, even during 24hr events). I can’t explain why my digestive system threw a bit of a wobbly, i didn’t feel in any way ill before the race, i just ended up wasting lots of time in the solo tent eating a couple of mouthfuls then having to sit and wait for everything to calm down, before eating another couple of mouthfuls and doing the same.
My lap times were all within about 10% of each other. Even at the end of the race i still felt fine and was able to push the same gears, but was always aware that i couldn’t up the pace due to not taking on enough food; i didn’t want to risk hammering out a few faster laps and blowing up.
I was also a bit hampered by my hands giving up within the first 10 hours, (leaving me riding the last 14hours with blisters all over my palms the size of ten pence pieces (oww)), having to carry enough water to not stop (a 3ltr camelback also full of tools and spare tubes) which weighed quite a bit as well as having to stop regularly to refill my water bottle but it was mainly the inability to digest anything without a battle that held me up.
I enjoyed the course, all the training on hills paid off in spades on the climbs where i was continually overtaking team racers with no trouble and i felt i was nailing the descents when i wanted to. It was also nice to have so much encouragement from all the other racers and spectators; in general i didn’t get any further than about 20ft without someone cheering me on, which was ace!
Might write a bit more later, once i’ve actually tried to remember what happened during the event, but for now i think i’ll fill in my entrry form for SITS; i’ve got some proving to do to myself that i can get a better result that 18th ;o)
Geeky (race) Stats:18th (out of 110 finishers), 24laps in 24hrs 3mins 47secs (19hrs 55mins riding time),
196.56miles, av speed 9.6mph, max speed 33.7mph, 21004ft climbing,
136bpm av heart rate (inc all stops),
5ltrs High 5 “4:1″ energy drink, 8ltrs water, 250ml orange juice, 330ml coke drunk, 18 “squeezy” gels, 6 “EAS Myoplex” energy bars, 4 “John West tuna light lunches”, 50g “ritz crackers”, 100g wine gums eaten