|The team before heading to the start line|
- Stay with the peloton as long as possible.
- Get comfortable riding in a big peloton
- If I could help out my teammate who had a chance of winning.
- Take water while racing
- Complete the race in a reasonable time
- Eat enough before and during the race that I finish with good numbers.
- Have fun
Pictures from the race here.
For those who want more detail read on.
The night before the race Alon came over for dinner. I had lowered my long term insulin to 22units and I took only 7 units of short term insulin for dinner. We discussed tactics a little but mainly ate huge amounts of pasta. A big worry for me usually because so much carbohydrate late in the evening makes me sleepy. Considering I had to get up early (4:45am) the following morning feeling sleepy early on in the evening was not likely to be a problem. After dinner I got my bike and kit ready for an early start in the morning. I checked my sugar before bed and it was in 74mg/dl. I started second guessing the amount of insulin I took. I finished everything I had to do and checked once more - 92. Ok it was heading in the right direction. I decided to risk it and went to bed.
I woke up at a time that I have previously gone to bed on a Friday night. Dressed, coffee, blood test 234, a bit higher than I would have liked. 5 units of insulin, to bring myself down and to cover the sandwich that I ate on the way there.
Alon was already attaching his bike to the rack when I got downstairs. We finished loading up the car and got on our way. Thankfully the roads were clear and we got to the car park at 5:55. There were many people there already and a good contingent from our team. I walked Leehee to the water tent that we had set up on the hill. Aviv was organizing things, I introduced them and left them too it while I while I started to warm up.
|some of the elite racers coming past the water tent.|
The first lap was at quite a pace and I was happy that I stuck with the peloton. I was pretty happy that considering my high heart rate which was starting to settle down and my tight legs I was still able to ride in the pack. It was all a bit nervous, certainly that's how I felt and I figured others were this way as well. There was a lot of jostling for position, I was finding myself near the front and within a few moments near the back. I worked myself into the middle but I was on the right hand side coming towards the end of the lap where the team water point was. I couldn't find away through so I let myself go back to the pack and round to the right hand side of the road to get water. I collected the water from Aviv at pace but too slow to stay on the back of the pack, the next 50 meters continued to rise and I had to put in a big dig to catch them. Unfortunately I could not. The pack were getting away from me and I was fast approaching my limit.
|dropping off a bottle|
As the race went on we got passed by the Elite riders and they flew passed us at quite a pace. The last lap I was feeling really good. I was glad when it start to rain briefly that we weren't in a big group. The roads were very slippery and it caused many accidents around the course. We came up to a big group from X-Team, they were not riding so quickly so Shai and I went past them. I rode up the rise following the turn off the main road, able to stand up on my peddles and power up the hill. I took the down hill carefully and when I saw that I was riding away from Shai I slowed up and let him come to my wheel. Eventually though he couldn't hold my pace and I rode away. Finally on the last hill, I pushed myself. I stood up on the peddles and gave it what I could.
|Final lap, final hill.|
|pushing hard to finish strong|
|Alon in second place 30+|
|Avi in second place 60+|
|Vered in second place womens 30+|
I look forward to the next one.