What a day. Well, for me, morning. I don't think I have ever got my pacing so spectacularly wrong in an event before, but in my defence the gusting westerly was probably the root cause. I didn't have a specific distance in mind and probably that was again part of my downfall.
I had given another rider a lift down to the event who also happened to be my minute man and he was hoping for around 270 miles, so I thought that after the start I wouldn't see him again. You can imagine my surprise when I went past him after 20 miles! The downwind leg was amazing, easily coasting along at around 30mph. Unfortunately for me the headwind leg also felt petty good, and I was pushing too hard but not really realising it at the time. The big alarm bell started to ring when at 3 hours I had covered 70 miles so was on 280 mile distance! Oops. Things still felt good for the next hour but the writing was on the wall. I went through four hours having covered 90 miles so I was now at 270 mile pace; already a pretty big drop off. I think I did 100 miles in about 4:20; some 15 minutes better than I had ridden previously, admittedly on the SCCU course.
The next hour and a half was pretty miserable. As well as my power dropping through the floor I had started to get a nasty saddle sore. I was wearing my new nopinz skin suit which is a great bit of kit but the chamois pad is not as thick as I am used to. Coupled with my rubbish saddle it just wasn't a comfortable combination and I was not able to keep my position which in all other respects was ok. The thought of spending another 6.5 hours like that was simply not an option so I packed at just over 5 hours. The first time I've ever climbed off a bike in TT but the right decision.
1. Get a new saddle.
2. Pace don't race
3. Nutrition was ok, mainly using high5 but I need more savoury stuff, sandwiches etc.
4. Remember to put on sun cream. I have some interesting sun burn.
Suzie! That woman has the heart of a lion! She rode 221 miles and hopefully she's broken the club record but if not, she's only a skin suit and aero helmet away, and on a much better day will smash it. She just kept trucking on. An awesome and gutsy ride when a lot of people packed.
also need to say a massive thank you to Brian for giving up his Sunday to support both Suzie and I. I know he loves it, but it's still a big ask and makes a massive difference having a friendly face on the end of a sticky bottle. Hopefully I can do him justice next time.