Tuesday, May 11, 2010

100 Miles to Nowhere

I am happy to say that I totally CRUSHED the Short Spunky Girl From Caratunk Division of the Fat Cyclist's 100 Miles to Nowhere.

What is the 100 Miles to Nowhere?  Well it is a race hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, The Fat Cyclist, who asked his readers to join him to ride a trainer, rollers, or on a small outside course for 100 miles to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  This is a race without a place, an event where hundreds of people participate all by themselves.  

It sounded really dreadful.  When I read about it I thought, man Fatty, that is insane.

Then I made a mistake.  I mentioned it to a friend and she said, "You couldn't do that Mandy. Seriously?  You can't even sit and watch TV for half an hour." 

So, of course, I signed up.

Well, I showed her.

Race Report - 100 miles - 8.5 hours

First, let me show you the delightful view I had.  It was gorgeous.

But that is not all, sometimes I got to look at this:


Riveting, right? 

Actually, I made a mistake.  I decided I would do an hour and a half of Spinnervals with Coach Troy to get a "jump on the mileage".  For future reference, it is a really bad idea to do an hour and a half of Spinnervals at the start of, or in any part of a 100 mile trainer ride. Not that any of you are crazy enough to attempt something like that.  I don't think it gives you a jump in mileage.  It just makes the next hour and a half really hard.

I am also pretty sure my bike computer isn't calibrated correctly, because those miles really crawled by.  

After the Spinnervals debacle, I then watched The Distance: A Triathlete's Journey, The Illusionist, Tombstone, and The Hangover.  It was a big day.

What can I tell you about the race?  When writing a race report, I enjoy to talk about the people I meet, the course, and how well the course was organized (this was the best organized race I have ever been to for the record.  "They" did a great job of managing the crowds.)

It was hard, but not so much because of effort, but because of the mind-numbing mental challenge of sitting there for so long and literally going nowhere.

After this race, I can now tell you a lot about 3 Wisconsin Ironman hopefulls, Edward Norton as a love-struck magician, how I think Val Kilmer was the best Doc Holiday EVER! (I got two guns, one for each of ya), and about a bunch of guys getting drunk in Vegas and try to remember what happened (Whose Fing Baby is that? I don't know, check it's collar).

I am also now questioning the intelligence of riding that far on a trainer the same week as I am running a marathon.  With an injury.  Just saying, it might have been a bonehead move.

I am not going to lie, I took a few breaks.  I think that the first 50 miles didn't bother me as much as the last 50 miles.  I was ready to send my bike computer back somewhere around mile 60. Really, I thought, it had to be malfunctioning.  I slept on the couch for a bit after mile 70.  I ate a bag of Milano Cookies around mile 75.  Yup, and entire bag.  Wished I had another bag at mile 85.  I looked for that bag for a while, then went back upstairs.  I started looking for excuses to do something else as I got closer to the end.  But I finally finished, and as I said, it took me about 8.5 hours.  I blame the cookies on the time. Or the bike computer. Or the nap.

I will close with these awesome race day photos.  I think it shows the degrading of my psyche fairly accurately.  Full disclosure - all of these were taken at the end of the ride, so I was in all likelihood delusional.

See you guys here next year?

 






20 comments:

Julie said...

Holy crap! Am I reading this right? Did you do 100 miles on your trainer!?! Wow, you go girl! You just impressed the hell out of me! Great pictures too:)

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

OMG!! You are insane and i mean that as a huge compliment. I love crazy shiz like that. I gotta tell you that after our 100 miles on may 1st, my lady parts have not healed and i know i will feel some pain come saturday. Still, i'd do it all again in a heartbeat. Great job gf! Take extra care of that calf.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

AWESOME!! You are a complete badass! Did you send the RR in to Fatty? He is posting some and they are funny!

I am so in next year. We should get a bunch of blogger buds to all do it on the same date! I live in a double cul-de-sac and it is a 1/2 mile around and back ... 200 circles would be sooooo cool and the neighbors already think I am a nutjob, this would give them confirmation.

Oh, BTW, I sooo pictured your house would have the awesome cabin wood walls like in the pics. That is my idea of peace and serenity!

Regina said...

Hysterical!! And of course you took breaks! This isn't ironman. I took breaks on mine a couple weeks back; I'd have died if I didn't. And man, mile 80-85, killer. Dude(ette), how you did it on a trainer without going insane, I'll never know. I did two hours on a treadmill once and was glad the widows at the gym were all bolted shut.

The illusionist is one of my hubby's favorite movies. As for The Hangover, not my fav..like your asking, right?

Congrats on getting it done and surviving with your sanity intact!

Caratunk Girl said...

Jeff - I am in! Next year I might do the 1 mile loop in town 100 times instead though.

Regina - I am insane still! LOVE the Illusionist, and I was punch drunk by the Hangover. HA.

KC- Using The Stick on the calf! Good luck this weekend!

Julie - glad you like the pictures! :)

RockStarTri said...

You are now officially "Bad Ass!" Wow. My longest stint on the trainer was 3.5 hours and my mind was jell-o afterwards for a long, long time. Well done!

Jon said...

Wow!.....just, WOW!!!! Simply amazing! You have the mental toughness and gludius maximumus of a bull! Way to go!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Wow!! I think I'll stick to IMs. They look easier....

T S said...

I cannot imagine riding a trainer for 100 miles. Holy cow, woman - you are tough! Or crazy :) loved the race report!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Actually, the wooden walls are quite nice. Nicely done.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I still cant wrap my mind around this, and then you throw another curve and did a Coach Troy workout!!! Good Grief!!! That alone would have ended most peoples days. Most I ever did was 56 and I thought I was going to die or even worse.

Congrats, this will make your race season feel alot easier.

And I think you have plenty of time to recover for the marathon.

Laura said...

Holy crap!!! I can't believe you got that done w/o losing your mind. Perhaps it was already missing? :) ha ha Well done!

Caratunk Girl said...

Glad you guys like the wooden walls! That is the newest updated room in our 150yr old house. We still have plenty of funky 60's era wallpaper and horsehair plaster to tear down.

To all questioning my sanity, yes, I started this ride out kind of crazy, so it was a short ride to insane. :)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

omg...i am numb just thinking of what you did for the 100 miler race. oy. wow!

now each time i'm 'bored' on my trainer...i'll think of you!;-)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Congrats on the win in your division! From Fatty's site, it appears that this race had the most divisions ever! Great write-up of a race/workout that didn't have a lot to it, on the face of it. :)

misszippy said...

Oh my gosh! I cannot BELIEVE you spent that long on a trainer!!! I have never exceeded 2 1/2 hrs. I can't imagine it. You are seriously amazing!

Sidenote--I'm in spinervals #1, No Slackers Allowed if you have that one.

Caratunk Girl said...

Thanks Kovas and Zippy! YES, more divisions than any other race, and all entrants are winners! You are in next year, right?

Miss Zippy - I only have the IronGirl one. I want to get a new one for next winter, I have this one memorized I think. Still gets me though! :)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I love, love, love those pictures! They are hilarious! Woohoo for getting the challenge done! That is so awesome! I don't know how you did it! And, yes, you are crazy for doing a Spinervals at the beginning...yikes! :)

And, yeah, Val Kilmer in Tombstone is awesome (I'll be your huckleberry!)...love him!

Midwestern Dot said...

Wow, 100 miles, to nowhere. That is hardcore!!
Love the pictures!

Austin said...

this sounds awesome. (in a sadist kinda way.)  i am so in next year.