What I thought I would do was use this section to talk about things that were related to the Trans Iowa race but
were more about my "Trans Iowa experience".
|First let me answer some questions to the best of my ability. I also have some poignant questions to answer
from you my blog readers. ALL these questions came from you. Your questions help me tailor my race
These answers are NOT coaching advice. They are things that I do that work for me and MAY work for you.
If you wish, we can discuss a training plan that is built with your specific goals and physical abilities in mind.
|QUESTION 1. WHAT WAS YOUR POST RACE MEAL?
Answer: Well being that I was not crew supported and at the mercy of my ride and local race conditions, my
post race meal was McDonalds. I ate from the dollar menu because feeding an Ultra Cyclist after an Ultra can
break the bank. I purchased four McDoubles, 1 small fry, and two side salads. I ate two McDoubles and the
small fry within 40 minutes of my finish. I then ate the two other McDoubles about two hours later. The side
salads I had with dinner about 6 hours after completion of the race. I had intended to eat one side salad with
each pair of McDoubles but I felt full enough each time.
|QUESTION 2. HOW MUCH DID YOU SLEEP AFTERWARD?
Answer: This was a tricky situation. I was relying on a rides from Fuller and Buckshot77. Buckshot77 was
not home at the completion of my race. So meanwhile I was transported to the Fuller residence with a little
detour to Rasmussen's Bike Shop. I was able to lay down for about a 45 minute nap when Buckshot77
showed up. Buckshot77 then took me back to his house. Once at his house I had to wash the bike, tear it
down and box everything up, get laundry done (Buckshot77 took care of that), pack and upload pictures and
videos to Flickr. I did not go to bed until almost 10pm Sunday night. I HAD BEEN UP SINCE 2:30AM
SATURDAY MORNING UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT 10 PM. I HAD BEEN UP 43.5 HOURS. Not the ideal way
to begin your recovery is it?
|QUESTION 4. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF CASEY'S PIZZA?
Answer: I enjoyed it very much thank you! The few times we stopped at convenience stores I was so
hungry hot pizza was really the only thing appetizing to me.
|QUESTION 6. WHAT'D YOU THINK OF US GREAT PLAINS FOLKS?
Answer: I thought everyone I met was very kind and helpful. Even the motorists that past me during the race
ALL waived and gave me a wide berth when passing. My hosts, the race organizers even the people at the
convenient stores were very friendly.
|QUESTION 3. HOW DID THE SKINS HELP (OR NOT) THE RIDE AND RECOVERY?
Answer: The Skins compression helped immensely. Throughout the event I never felt like I had lost my legs.
They felt good considering the abuse they were taking. The last 30+ miles I had plenty of power and snap to
my legs. After the event I wore my Skins Recovery tights during the day and at night. I also wore them on
|QUESTION 8. HOW WATER DID YOU CARRY?
Answer: I carried a 100 oz Nathan Synergy Hydration pack. I filled it with 64oz of Carbo Pro 1200 (4800
calories) and 36 oz of water. I carried two water bottles on the bike but never really needed them. In the
future, I may go with:
a. Smaller hydration pack and use the frame bottles to take some weight off my back (48 oz of fluids)
b. Not bring the frame bottles
|QUESTION 7. WOULD YOU RACE A DIFFERENT RIG SETUP IF YOU HAD TO DO IT OVER?
Answer: Based on the weather and road conditions days before the race the Cyclo-Cross bike was the proper
set-up. If the conditions warranted more mud clearance then I might have opted for a hardtail MTB.
|QUESTION 9. HOW MUCH FOOD?
Answer: I had the 4800 calories of CarboPro 1200 in my Nathan Synergy Hydration pack. I had planned on
eating solid foods at the convenience stores. I didn't have any other food with me. My total kjs for the event
were 11,400. That is roughly equivalent to 11,400 calories. A power meter only tracks energy expenditure
when you are pedalling. A heart rate monitor will track energy expenditure during coasting, going potty or off
the bike have a chin wag with a mate.
|QUESTION 5. WOULD YOU DO THE EVENT AGAIN?
Answer: At first I didn't think so. But I would consider going back. During the event I was thinking how can
I get off this roller-coaster. I felt like I was on a never-ending looped ride. But now after the event, I have a
different perspective. I didn't have my head prepared for the type of terrain I encountered. I didn't expect
THAT many rollers or that steep. If/When I go back I have a better understanding of the terrain. I also have
a better idea now what to pack for the event.
|QUESTION 10. SPARE GEAR?
Answer: For bike mechanicals I only had spare tubes, patch kit, tire boots, a quick link for chain, and a
pump. I have never seen so many rear der. go bad in one race. We had only 52 starters and I personally
saw two and later I saw a picture of a third (2 Dura-Ace 1 Ultegra). My partner Jeremy had to replace
his rear der cable when it snapped 30ish miles from the finish. I was riding Tiagra Triple and had no
mechanicals -- go figure.