Cycling race (Magalies Monster) 4:43:00  70.0 km (14.8 kph)
ahr:151 max:182 shoes: Epic Comp 29'er
Very poor judgement entering this 2 weeks after Expedition Africa and after not feeling great on Thursday. Stressful week!
Possibly my worst day ever on a bike! That's a bit over-dramatic, but the last 20km were very bad.
Started well and was riding with Nic to almost 20km. Hit a rock hard that made a hole and pinched my rear tyre. I was running 2.1 bar, hoping for a bit more comfort and grip. Stupid idea on this course! I plugged the hole and bombed. It kept leaking out of the pinch holes - the slime wasn't getting there. Bombed again. Eventually stopped to put a tube in. By this time I'd been passed by lots of people including ladies Jane and Nicky mixing it up for 2nd - 5th. I rode well to about 50km, but the wheels started falling off then. I was eating and drinking well. I think it was EA and the week catching up. And possibly a poor pacing strategy. Maybe :)
Hated life for about 20km. Had a lie down at the end and got over it quite quickly. Now that I'm less grumpy, it was a fun trip. Lots of friends and good practice for next time.
Nic smashed a 3:55. Jane was about 20 min ahead of me.
No more training longer than an hour for a while! Except maybe the Saturday morning breakfast ride.
The achilles feels good, somehow?