As I've blogged about before, I obviously renewed my crazy pill prescription because after the dehydration I suffered in last year's Tour de Shore, I still managed to sign up for this year's ride. Luckily this year turned out so much better, and I'm more then ever looking forward to doing it again next year! And yes I did take my extra does of 'are you freaking crazy' for biking 65 miles. It's awesome!
Thankfully the cooler heads of my parents were able to get the water flowing all the while I'm in hysterics trying to still get ready for the race, aka get SPF 50 slathered over any exposed skin.
|Just some of the 1,600 riders!|
The ride takes you over the Ben Franklin Bridge and through Southern New Jersey via Route 561. This year my team mates and I all pretty much rode at our own pace instead of trying to stay all together as a group. I have to say that I feel that this was a much better option as opposed to just trying to keep back and waiting for everyone to catch up. All we knew was that we had to be in AC before 1:30pm so they didn't pull us off the road.
While I do not at all condone riding with headphones in, I still do so much better when I have music to distract me. For my first 17 miles I did not. As we got close to the first rest stop I was struggling. I figured if I was going to be riding at my own pace and by myself for most of the time, I was at least putting one ear bud in and some of my awesome playlists on. Rocking out to these tunes really helped me through the remainder of the ride, keeping me motivated and on a pace to make across the finish line in record time.
One super scary yet impressive moment was while riding through Hammonton only about 2 miles from our next rest stop, a guy goes flying off his bike, manages to tuck into a somersault and land just fine on his back with his bike flipped over next to him. Honestly it was the most graceful fall I've ever seen. He climbed right back on his bike, uninjured, and continued to ride. The best part was all the police roving vehicles to monitor us during the ride that kept referring to him as Tinkerbell.
|Terri and I slightly damp but finished!|
Overall the Tour de Shore was a great time this year. Being hydrated does make all the difference. I was so worried as my bike training hadn't been up to the condition it was last year, but by keeping up my cardio in other ways and hydrated/eating at all the stops made a world of difference. It was just insulting to have to come home and shower after my body was practically pruny from being in the rain for a good three hours between the last leg of the race and getting food/drinks at the finish line. But it was all worth it.
My only post ride complaints were sore quads and shoulders for the next couple days, but overall I felt great! My next race is a marathon relay that I'm doing with my mom, aunt, and cousin. Of which I tried to go out and run the Wednesday after biking 65 miles, but my quads only let me get 2 miles, and even that was stretching it. But, as Dory says, just keep swimming...