Well, I did it !! My first 300km in a day and what an amazing day it was. I was very apprehensive about the ride leading up to the event worried I had not done enough and had I followed your plan correctly as I have been travelling a lot from Motel to Motel. But this is the 3rd year of doing this ride (210, 250 now 300) and the training program has worked well. I am happy to say that after 24 weeks of solid training I feel great and stronger and fitter than ever.
I did a couple of practice rides as per your plan of 150km and 175km and even did the new Arthurs seat loop twice just to understand what I was getting myself into and even after 180km I was able to climb Arthurs seat and only miss my PB by 1min which is just crazy. I was really worried about cramping and fatigue but after chatting with you at your place a few months ago when I dropped by after work I put some of the discussion into practice by well hydrating the week before and making sure I was drinking a lot during the ride. I did cramp a little at the 206km mark on the hill up to Red Hill but a simple salt tablet got that under control quickly and I was able to keep going.
Well, the ride went like this.
We got out of the start line in the second wave about 30mins later than the first group and set a comfortable 30-35km/hr down to Werribee. After a very quick stop, we took off wanting to get the next 50km down to Geelong done quickly as it’s the most boring part of the ride. We were cruising along with our strongest riders at the front pulling us along at a cracking 40km/hr. We did have to slow them down a bit because they were getting a bit excited and slowly were pushing it up to 45km/hr which was getting quite taxing. The group backed off and after Geelong, I was able to get my heart rate back down to around the 140’s and had a good 70kms to recover before the boat. We ended up averaging 31km/hr to the boat and got there in 5hrs.
Last year I hated the boat ride as I was cramping a lot but this year I really enjoyed the rest and food and when getting off the boat felt quite relaxed and refreshed. We took it easy heading to the base of Arthurs Seat and as I have said earlier I had a lot of fun climbing it and did a good time. It was getting quite warm by this part of the day which was a challenge. The rolling hills down to Flinders are fun with a really steep little pinch about half way down to Flinders.
>From Flinders we started with the rollers toward Point Leo road when we started the climb. This climb is longer and has some little pinches that go into false flats and then pinches up again. When got to the top we were able to enjoy the decent and I felt like I earnt my downhill. We rolled into safety beach and climbed through the hills coming into Mornington. These climbs were fun and we were able to keep up our average speed.
We dropped down into Frankston were we had a break refuelled and went for broke toward Melbourne with a slight SE tailwind. The 2 strongest riders in our group started pulling us along and we felt like we were flying. Our spirts were up and we were picking up other riders along the way. We started as just our group of 5 and ended up with more than 30 riders behind us. We all came across the line together and we were all very happy with our 28.5km/hr average for the day.
Our total moving time was 10 and a half hours and I am really happy with it. I know that without my team and the favorable weather I would not have been able to do that time but I really enjoyed myself. I have taken a couple of days to recover and now starting to think about what is next and will probably get on the bike tonight and just do a recovery ride in Zwift.
Thanks for your support and for the time you have spent chatting and emailing me. I look forward to catching up next time I am up in Mansfield working.