I'm cool with slow. I just don't want to disrupt anyone's ride with having to hold Kitty back the first 15 miles, so hopefully whoever takes me on won't get annoyed with me and my angry head-tossing horse.
We did it! I our total time was around seven hours, and we came in 11th place.
It was so. Dang. HOT. Only 13 out of 23 starters completed due to heat stress. We had to ride very carefully. I found a lovely riding partner to guide me through my first loop, but she had to pull at the first hold. I was on my own most of the ride. Kitty did awesome. She pulsed down lime a champ. Even if we weren't "fast", we rode our ride. Everyone was suprised that s someone who had never done AERC would jump right into the 50s, but many ended up saying Kitty looked like the most "fit to continue" 50 miler at that ride. I'm proud I took care of her. Posted via Mobile Device
It surprises me that people would think you were "jumping right into 50s" after having done CTRs.. up here there is a lot of crossover. Obviously your ride shows you weren't just jumping into anything and were more than prepared!
The training speeds you're doing put you near the front runners. My strategy would be to run the second day of ride.
Go to awards ceremony the night before. I've found that many people ride both days, so pick out say #5-#10 from first day and approach them. See who's doing a second day. Plug in behind them.
The first ten miles are usually hang on and pray. After that you have to follow your same training strategy and pace.
Good luck! If you attend the Big South Fork ride in September - you are welcome to ride with my group. Posted via Mobile Device