Being a women's only event, it had a good mix of tough (riding 100 miles) and girly (necklaces, pink porta-potties, pictures of Ryan Gosling out on the course, etc). One thing I noticed about having no guys there was how clean the porta-potties were! There were the odd male out on the course, volunteering (patronizingly called "papa bears" - most things about the event I really liked, but not that). Sure enough, we were making fun of the need for the papa bears, until of course we needed one! Corinne's tire blew (literally - it made a gun-shot sound and scared the crap out of us) and needed to be replaced, and a nice papa bear brought a spare tire he had in his garage and gave it to her. While we spent over 45 minutes at an aid station waiting, it was worth it as she got to continue with us.
|Corinne's tire - not even a boot could help that!|
Pretty thankful to the guy who brought us
a tire so we could continue on together.
|The Canadian train.|
|Time doesn't include rest stops...|
we spent a long time at mile 45 waiting for a tire!
In terms of solid food, I didn't have much as I do well with liquid calories. I did have a handful of swedish fish and pretzels at each of the 7 aid stations, and a Honey Stinger waffle at mile 60. Also at mile 60 Corinne located us each a can of Coke.
Most of the aid stations had ice, so I'd fill my bottles with ice to keep my drinks cold for as long as possible. I'd also dump handfuls of ice in my bra, which cools the blood in my heart and then cool blood is delivered around the body. I highly recommend this technique anytime you're racing in the heat. It's also handy to grab an ice cube from while riding if you want to snack on one. :)
Pouring cold water on the back of your neck helps too. Don't pour it under your helmet, as it needs to evaporate to get the cooling benefit. We also all reapplied sunscreen at each aid station, and despite a long day with no shade, there were no sunburns!
|At the finish.|
We got tonnes of compliments on our kits all day!