Friday, August 2, 2013

Wausau24 12 hr. solo Race, 2013

Went to do the Wausau24 race. Was setup to do the 2x12 hr. race with buddy Al. His brother Paul had signed up for the 12hr. solo due to not being able to sign up a partner. As Paul (Blue Mountain Technologies, LLC) hasn't ridden much this spring and summer (2 kids will do that to a guy!) I offered to switch name plates and timing chip which Paul took me up on.

Jason, Al and Paul.

I did a little better than I expected, one spot off the podium, 4th out of 20 racers. 12 laps in 12 hrs. 117.5 miles. I think if I wasn't the oldest racer in the 12 hr. solo catagory I must have been dang close to the oldest. The Trek Superfly performed great. Obviously it fit me well or I wouldn't have been able to be competitive.

The weather had really cooled off from the past week or so. Temps in the mid 60's and no rain, so really it was almost perfect weather. Add to the mix the rain we did get the day before to settle the dust and firm up the trail and I'm not sure it could get much better.
I made up some mini-bagels with peanut butter and ham salad for fuel and stuffed a couple sleeves of Blocks into my CORP Go West shirt pocket so I had plenty of fuel at hand. Also stuffed a couple bagels and Guu in the frame bag.
The trail was cleaned up real nice as well.
Laps were taking me a bit below an hour till the cramps hit, then I went a bit over an hour.
Rode for 4 hrs. to start then refueled and re-watered. Started cramping a bit on lap 5 and 6 then they were random and not near as bad for the rest of the race.
Friend Jason who had raced the 6 hr. solo got some HEED mixed for me and I doubled up on the Endurolytes. Kind forgot to pop in some Fizzes, but took plenty of endurolytes so probably wouldn't have made much difference.
My plan was to only stop twice, but I had to stop a few more times than that due to pulling over to down the HEED for the cramps. I probably spent 10-15 minutes total off the bike in 12 hours and the cramps cost me 10-15 minutes maybe in lost time while riding (had to back off when they popped up) and stopping. In any case I missed heading out for my 13th lap by 10 minutes....but to be honest I was ok with that. Got to get a beer a bit earlier and hang out with the guys.

Garmin info/data.

Race results.
 12 Hour Solo Male
Place  Total
  Team #   Team Name             Lap
1 13 279 Yore 0:52 0:50 0:51 0:52 0:53 0:52 0:56 0:57 1:02 0:55 0:57 1:05 1:00 12:07:58
2 13 186 Salsa Cycles 0:55 0:52 0:56 0:55 0:55 0:54 0:56 1:00 0:53 0:57 0:55 1:01 0:56 12:10:51
3 13 272 VanHoose 0:52 0:50 0:51 0:57 0:59 0:56 0:58 1:00 0:57 1:00 1:02 1:09 1:15 12:51:20
4 12 57 Blue Mountain Technologies LLC 1:03 0:54 0:55 0:57 1:03 1:03 0:59 1:00 1:04 1:02 1:02 1:07 12:14:5

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