So.. my first 20 miler. I wanted it to be memorable. It was, for a number of reasons.
Our area has 6 carousels in it, scattered among 3 towns. I spent my time mapping out a route from Casa Raul, and seeing if I could hit all of them.. Indeed I could, but I needed the help of Mrs. Raul to pick me up at the end. (Doubling back home would make it a marathon, as an interesting data point).
The downside of this route was that it was hilly.
In addition, if you collect a ticket from each carousel throughout the season, you can get a button saying that you rode the carousel circuit. Well, damn! I'm going to run the circuit!
I decided to run with a Camelbak, something I haven't done in a long time. However, it was hot, and it seemed like the right play.
Armed with my trusty cell phone, off I went..
Stop #1! This was about 7 miles in, and after a sizable hill. I'm sure the parents at all of these carousels were thrilled to have a stinky & sweaty man join their children riding around. (What, you didn't think I *wasn't* going to ride, did you?)
This is Stop #3, about 12 miles into the journey. This one is by far the hottest one on the circuit. They certainly need to work on the ventilation. It's fun in the winter, because they open it up on Saturday nights and do a Christmas & Santa gig.
There was a big freaking hill between stop 3 and 4. The hill hit just after 15 miles. I felt my calves start to twitch pretty seriously, so I started mixing in some walking.
It was laborious, but I made it to stop #4
Yeah, you can tell at this point that I no longer gave a shit what the picture looked like. I think this was mile 17. They sell water at this joint, so parted with a couple of bucks and loaded up some more.
Stop #5 doesn't have a picture. I was just becoming a zombie. A lot of walking mixed in, just moving along.
I hit 20 miles about 1 mile out from my destination. I walked it from here.
The end. The glorious end.
So, I stopped here, and I sat down on the ground to stretch. One of those calves decided to cramp up at this point, and I was flopping around on the ground, just trying to find some position that was somewhat tolerable.
Predictably, this is the point when Mrs. Raul drove in to pick me up. She read me the riot act about us not being athletes, etc etc. Sigh.
After 5 minutes of sheer agony, I was able to stand. We rode the last carousel together, and I got my button:
So, I had run with a Camelbak, I ran on a hot day, and I ran some hills, with a lot of stopping to ride. A list of excuses, but valid ones, at least.
Truthfully, the next day I felt good. Not "I want to do it again" good, but pretty reasonable. I felt better than after the 18 miler.
My training schedule allowed me to either do 3 20 milers on short rest, or 2 on longer rest with a 4 week taper. I opted for the latter.
I also opted for making my second/last 20 miler roughly like the terrain of the course... (read: flat). That will be the topic of my next post...
Keep on rockin!