Wow. That’s about all I have to say about that. The "Track and Back" ride took us from downtown Des Moines (El Bait Shop Bar/Grill) to the Iowa Speedway and back. In between, we spun laps on the awesome 7/8th’s mile track. I spent 8 full hours on the bike spinning hard.
Here’s what I learned on this ride that was essentially as hilly as days 5 and 6 of the 2006 RAGBRAI (if you did these, you know what I mean). If you didn’t ride those days…that I refer to as, "the time I almost died on a bike"…they were brutal, incessant hills with headwinds to rob your downhill glory.
- The first 50 are tough but people really expend a lot of energy trying to "knock out the miles" and get there.
- People rest far less than I expected. (Total rest time during front 50 was about 5 minutes for me and I had to keep up with others).
- On the way back, the hills seemed much harder.
- Mile 51 was the "Please get me to the blood doping tent or to the Doctor performing ass/quadricep transplants"
- Mile 60 was the "Why did I do this @#$%@ride. In the name of all that’s @#$@$%^#@^" milestone.
- Mile 75 was the "Can I think of a good reason that can get me out of this…but not appear that I have given up?" milestone.
- Mile 85 was the "Hummm, I may just make it without becoming a news story" milestone.
- Mile 89 is where I crested a hill and saw downtown Des Moines and I had a burst of ATP that feed my legs.
- Mile 99.9 is where I knew that I was about 2.5 minutes away from a massive cold beer and a pork sandwich..and although I was completely wasted and burnt to a crisp…I was proud of the accomplishment and wondered how it compares to most other century rides.
- 120 minutes after the ride and feeling devoid of life force, I sent my wife to McDonalds and she returned with a Filet’oFish Meal with regular coke, a double cheeseburger, a large milkshake and a cheeseburger for the kids. After consuming the entire allotment (including some of the kids burger) in 5 minutes, I began to feel somewhat human again.
Pictures posted of the track laps soon.