Continued from Part 1
Around mile 30 I was along with a group of about half a dozen guys, including a guy on a Cervelo P2C tri bike. There weren’t a lot of tri-bikes out here. I wasn’t really part of their pace line, but was hanging with em. There also a guy on a hybrid or possibly a 29 inch mountain bike. He would stand on the pedals and crank away at regular intervals. Man, that would be brutal to try to ride like that for 100 miles! Around mile 33 I saw a big sign saying Tour De Cure with an arrow. The group I was with kept going straight. I slowed and stopped trying to figure out if I was supposed to have turned. I saw a white arrow on the ground saying go straight, so I continued on. I figured out that must have been a rest stop back there. I was quite a ways back from the group now. I made no attempt to catch them. I had already planned not to try to keep up with the groups this year. Just to ride my own ride. I won’t be able to ride in a pace line at the Ironman.
I ended up catching and passing the hybrid/29’er rider. He was still cranking away. I also caught and passed more single road bike riders. This would become a regular occurrence. I am guessing they were cruising along as part of groups. But when they got dropped, they were easy pickings for me. Not that this was a race.
As I approached Geneseo, there were some confusing road markings. There were some spray painted arrow indicating a left turn. But as I got to the road, there was an arrow saying go straight. Huh? Another rider had gone straight, so I continued on. There was a real left turn not far up, and we rode up a fairly steep grade through a college. I actually had to stand on the pedals. I had already ridden 40 miles, so this was work. There was a photographer here snapping our pictures. We got up farther onto a main road through the town. I was disoriented, and stopped another rider. I asked is we were still on the course, or if we had missed a turn. I knew the 100 mile course crosses itself at one point. He showed me a map, and then I knew where we were. We took off, and I passed him.
I stopped at the next rest stop which was at mile 43.7. More bananas and granola bars. I made a comment about rabbit food and asked about sandwiches. I told there would be sandwiches as the next rest stop which was in Lakeville. I got one of the ambulance guys to get a picture of me with my bike. I ate a banana and I got back on my bike, and started pedaling. I caught up with the guy who had showed me his map. I rode with him for a few talking, then I took off. My butt was sore and numb at the same time. I would shift my butt on the seat so I was sitting on different spots. This helped a little.
The next rest stop was in Avon, and not the Lakeville one with sandwiches. I ate a banana and a couple granola bars. I also used the porta potty. I picked up a map of the 100 mile route here. This rest stop was interesting as there were tons of people on hybrids, and a couple on a tandem. Many of these people didn’t even look very athletic. I felt a little embarrassed that all these people were ahead of me or catching up to me on my tri-bike. Until I figured out these people were from the shorter courses. Some of the courses had merged, and shared this rest stop. Okay, I didn’t feel bad anymore.
I passed a few more people on the next long stretch. I was slowly catching one guy. Then there was a down hill stretch, and a following up hill. I swooped passed him on the downhill, and began climbing. A little while later, I turned, and he was nowhere in sight.
Coming into Lakeville was a long downhill stretch. I got down on my aerobars and was able to coast for maybe half a mile or more. That was cool. Yes, this stop had sandwiches! I ate half a club wrap (cold), a bowl of macaroni salad, and some cookie dough bites. I shoved the rest of the sandwich into my pocket. I didn’t like the blue Gatorade. I rode across the street to a gas station and bought a Pepsi and filled my bottle with that. My knees were a little sore. Mostly my right one. I took a couple ibuprofen.
Continued in Part 3