Around about mile 65 on the bike (on G/92), I went from perfect to getting goose bumps, chills, and a headache. I backed my power down, took a salt pill and made sure to get a full bottle of water in at every aid station for the rest of the bike. Within about 15 minutes I felt ok again, but not right. The chills and goose bumps went away but a slight headache stuck around. I felt ok going over the climbs but in the flats I just didn’t feel quite right so I rode easier than planned for the rest of the ride. I kicked up my water and salt intake to what worked for me in Kona last year. In the last 30 minutes, I tried to pick it back up but I could tell my legs just didn’t feel right so I decided just to spin easy and get ready for the run. I actually started to feel significantly better in the last 10-15 minutes but maybe that was just because I knew I was getting off the bike.
Here I am taking my time up the hill into Mt. Horeb and sitting up to finish one of the 8 full bottles of water I took in (in addition to sports drink and salt).
Here are a few good pictures Ali Engin (www.aliengin.us) got out on the bike course.
Well, a little bit of down time to let my body and mind heal from this one. I've got a ton of thoughts on what I want to do next and just need a few weeks to sort through them. I'll get another post up soon once I have decided what is next.
Finally, one of my favorite pictures from the weekend. Abigail helping with "Dada bike".