Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Ironman Coeur d'Alene - The Bike
When I was running to my bike I was so excited to see Max and Matt along with Ron and Alex in there. They handed me my bike and gave me a hug and I was on my way out .
I had to make sure that for the first 10 mins or so I kept it easy. After such a crappy swim I was tempted to push hard but I kept it under control until my legs warmed up. Out of transition you head out to Higgins Point first which is also where the run course goes. Higgins has some gentle rollers and is about 12miles out and back. I saw lots of my team mates on this stretch which was great and then you ride back through town and hear everyone cheering so its an awesome way to start out on the bike.
Once you pass through town you head up the freeway on-ramp and turn into I-95. This first part is a "do not pass" zone because there is freeway traffic right next to you on the overpass. It only lasts for a few hundred yards and then you have 20 miles of I-95 in front of you. There are some big hills out there - most notably Mica Grade - but I just spun up it without going crazy. There were plenty of people pushing themselves at this stage but having ridden the course so many times ( home court advantage) I knew it was easy to get carried away on the first loop. I knew I'd be seeing these people again on the second loop.
I did a lot of praying riding the downhills. Mica Grade on the way back down is a no pass zone and I may have done some yelling at jerks who didn't think the "do not pass" applied to them. There were a couple of accidents and plenty of people fixing flats on the side of the road, ( thank God that wasn't me), but I also saw a whole lot of my teammates out there and cheering for them helped pass the time and before I knew it I was headed back into town. Passing all the spectators was fun then back out to Higgins to pick up my special needs bag. The second loop went the same as the first. Although by the time I hit mile 90 my stomach was starting to rebel. Looking back now I am sure that the IM perform that was used on course was to blame.Super sugary and acidic. By mile 95 I had to pull over and use the port-o-potty. Some poor guy walked in on me using the bathroom and later caught up to me to apologize for walking in on me. That kept me laughing all the way back to transition.
When I hit the off ramp from I-95 I was so excited because I knew I'd get to see my family again....and get off my bike. Yippee. 112 miles in the bag.