Buttercup was chomping at the bit, and all ready to go! But first we had to attend to changing a flat on David's Fuji. So it ended up being well past 6:30AM when we got underway. The day was overcast and we got drizzled on yet again a couple of times, but it was a comfortable mid-70s temperature for riding with very little wind.
It was a LONG hard ride. Running 16 miles the day before does take the spunk out of a person! There wasn't much chitchat from either of us after the first thirty miles.
Final tally when we got back to my driveway: 102.69 miles, 16.2 mph rolling average, 15.3 mph real time average including pitstops and a convenience store shopping stop. 6 hours 42 minutes on the road, plus time on the ferry trip across the Tred Avon River.
We were tired and glad to be done! I definitely selected my Ironman bike shorts, my new ('05 model on sale) Performance Women's Ultra Shorts. I finally found a pair that didn't chafe!
Ride intake notes:
72 oz. Gatorade with extra salt and maltodextrin
1 Mountain Dew
3 ounces gel
4 salt capsules
1 Payday bar
That did the job. Yay! 85% of an Ironman over 3 days for me - 120.6 miles total - now the trick will be putting it all together in 9 weeks on race day and keeping it going for another twenty miles. At least I won't have sore legs to start out the day with!
Oh yeah. Did I mention that it was my longest ride in my whole entire life?? Woo hoo me!
On another topic -- YAY! For George Hincapie becoming the 2006 USA Road Race Champion today! He's had a tough year, it's good to see him get a big win.