And guess what? That made it so much FUN!!! I felt like a kid playing on my bike and was fully entertained for the entire five hours I spent in the saddle. It was awesome! We'll get to that. :)
When we arrived in Texas, driving the course was a priority so we could know what to expect and if/where there were any places we needed to be cautious. Matt's instagram post summed it up perfectly: "
|Hi to the fam!|
|Hi to the BAM fam!|
|Awesome drone shot of bike start by Dung Le.|
When we drove the course a couple days before, we bowed out around the 42-mile mark. We'd already covered 2/3rds of the turns at that point, felt like we'd seen enough, and chose to go home and take a nap instead of spending another couple hours in the car. So once I hit that point in the race, the rest of the course was a mystery! I thought of Forrest Gump: It's "like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get!" On such a random, twisty course, this made for a fun game. I know I said it before, but I honestly felt like a kid for those five hours on the bike. I was never even remotely close to being bored and just had a blast out there! (Who knew that was even possible for such a long ride?) Once we turned into The Woodlands, we were back in familiar territory as the last few miles of the bike were the same as last year. I actually flatted on that portion that Thursday so I was careful to ride further away from the shoulder as I made my way to the bike finish. This last stretch was especially great, though, because it was full of spectators cheering you in!
I hopped off my bike and glanced at my watch -- 5:02:28!!! That crushed my goal time of 5:30 and even my predicted time of 5:10, and equated to an 18.85 mph average. I'd just nailed that tricky little bike course and earned back the time I'd lost on my rotten swim. I was so happy with my bike split, and even happier to be off the bike and onto my favorite part: the run!
Bike Time (95 miles) - 5:02:28. Speed - 18.85 mph.
Position - Went from 1902 overall to 1314 overall, passing 588 cyclists.
|Off to the RUN!|