Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Calvin's Challenge--2010

I think I first heard about Calvin's Challenge on Facebook, don't really know for sure. But wherever/however I heard about it, it seemed like a good idea to see what I could do in 12 hours. I've always ridden for the destination, never ridden for time. Guess that's confirmation that in my heart I'm not a racer.

And so it was May 1st, Shawnee HS, Little Possum Road, Springfield, OH came to be. The world is small, we all know that, but my hotel in Springfield for The Calvin was the same hotel I stayed in so many times when consulting for Parkside's addiction treatment program at a local hospital back in the late 80's, more than 20 years ago. YIKES.

161 racers hugged the 7:30 a.m. start line in the pouring rain and 25-30 mph winds. The rain ended after the first 50 mile loop; the winds continued until the race ended at 7:30 p.m. Why could the flag have not hung limp when we were riding instead of starched straight out?

It was fun riding with 16 other recumbents--3 low racers; 3 HPV's, 2 Lightnings, several Bacchettas, a couple of Rans, and a hand crank trike. We had a father/daughter duo on vintage big wheels, and several tandems.

Here's a YouTube link featuring some of the "special" bikes.

Being my first race against the clock I was feeling my way when it came to pacing myself for the 12 hours. Opted to do two 50.5 mile loops and then take a break waiting till the short 7 mile loop opened at 3:30 p.m. Then I'd punch out as many 7 mile loops as I could until the clock struck 7:30 p.m. I'd probably have a different strategy next time, but this one worked well enough to earn me a course/age group (>50 female recumbent) record of 157 miles bettering the 2007 female recumbent record of 128 miles. 2010 results here.

Fueling on long events continues to be my nemesis. If I can ever figure out how to fuel on the bike for events >100 miles or back-2-back-2-back 100's no telling where I can go! It didn't help that we got back to the hotel at 10:00 p.m.; and the restaurant was closed. Dinner was another bowl of rice chex with chocolate almond breeze, the first solid food since my first bowl of rice chex at 4:30 a.m. Anybody got any ideas?