How was your ATB ride today (or if you've already hit the sack, it will be yesterday for you when you read this)?
I got to the official start around 4:30 am. I then took my time trying out which garments to wear, and finally decided to wear full length arm wind resistant undergarment, jersey, and rain jacket. I took way too much food!
From the official start point headed off to Plummer Street Port Melbourne, but of course missed the street signs and ended up at Todd St. There an official told me to go to Plummer Street and wait for opening time. There was quiet a group amassed there.
At just after 5:30 am we took off! Hundreds and hundreds of riders overtook me just on the climb of the bridge. That was a long climb, even if not steep. Then on the way to Werribee wave after wave of riders overtook me. We of course had head winds. The route took us into Werribee itself, and it was cold there. Probably around 7 Celsius.
I stopped at Little river for restroom break. It was in the bushes like many of the riders.
By 9 am I got into Geelong, and in fact got to the fork between the 250 route and the 210 route. Now, I had been saying to myself, if I make it into Geelong before 10 I will do the 250. So this was an easy decision. My thinking was the 250 route is only 30 k's longer (according to Google Maps), therefore it will only take an hour, or hour and a half longer. I forgot to calculate the duration it would take the full 60+ kms lol So, naturally, because of the hills, it took me 3 hours. There was rain, got soaked right down to my sox. There was tail wind, but also long sections riding straight into the wind too. And the hills. I hate hills! I made another restroom stop on the second rest stop on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Eventually just a few minutes before 12 pm I made it into the Queenscliff area. First got me ferry ticket, then got my lunch pack. Chicken salad, small slice of chocolate cake, banana, energy bar, and powerade drink. I sat down in lawn and opened up my lunch pack. Took a bite, and needed water to swallow it, but my water bottle was empty, so grabbed it and went to the water filing station. I filled my water bottle, and was returning when I noticed a large number of seagulls having a commotion where my bike and lunch were! I yelled, HEY! THAT's MY LUNCH!, but seagulls apparently don't care. Those within earshot thought it was hilarious, and so did I!
I eventually went back to the lunch tent, and the women giving out the lunch half thought I was joking, but she gave me another lunch pack.
The ferry took longer than I expected. I was told the ferry could take up to 2 hrs, but unless you experience it on the day, you really don't know how long it will take. I thought, I'd either miss one and wait for the next, or be in between ferry arrivals/departures. Therefore I calculated about 1:30 ferry time, including crossing and disembarkation. Unfortunately I heard that one of the ferry's were broken down, and they were already having delays. I ended up waiting a full hour for our turn with the ferry, and the ferry ride over also took over an hour with the loading and disembarkation. So we were in Sorrento at about 10 to 15 minutes past 2 pm. According to my calcs, I needed to head off from Sorrento no later than 1pm so I could make it to the finish line by 6pm. So that plan was shot! There was no way, at an average speed of 20 to 21 kph I was going to climb all those hills, and complete 100 k's. But I was certainly going to try! But first I had to visit the restrooms again! Another 10 minutes.
And try I did. I stopped at Dromana to remove rainjacket and wet undergarment, re-arrange pocket contents so I could fit those into two pockets of the jersey. I think they gave us way too much sweets! Including powerbars. And the sweets made me thirstier so I actually drank 2 bottles of water, AND the powerade they gave us. Otherwise I probably would have completed the entire journey on one bottle.
I didn't stop at Frankston, but I needed to stop at Mordi. Yep, you guessed it, restroom. So all up, Little River, A rest stop at the Bellarine Peninsula, lunch and ferry wait at Queenscliff, restroom stop at Sorrento, a clothing consolidation at Dromana, and a stop at Mordi.
I eventually did make it to the finish point (6:55 by my watch). After that, I tried to give blood to the Research group, but my veins were shy and the poor nurses, to them it must have been like extracting blood from a stone. I put my bike away in my car and came back to the Spokes bar, but was told last drinks call was announced and they were shutting soon. So hence drove home. Laundry is done, had a nice hot shower. Am ready for a well earned rest
Exe time: 11:01:44
Ave HR: 132
Max HR: 164
In zone: 10:12:57 (above ~ 44 min's, below ~ 5 minutes)
Energy: 6905 kcalories
Distance: 244 kms. See, even the 250 k'er is not long enough. Either that, or my CS100 needs re-calibrating for the new tyre.
Ave Speed: 22.1 kph
Max Speed: 61.0 kph
Ave Cadence: 67
Max Cadence: 108
Ride time: 11:00:45 So if the ferry's were running properly I might have done the 250 within the allotted time of between 5:30 am and 6pm.
Anyway, I'm happy with this. This is a big achievement for me considering my old clunker, my level of fitness, first time etc.
How did your ride go? Was it your first time too? Or your 18'th time?
Were things as you expected? What could have been better?