I haven't had Mountain Dew in probably 6 years. I used to drink it while riding long in the Arizona summers. I'd wear a camelback and fill it with ice and Mountain Dew. I swear, it was the only way to get through 110 miles when it was 110 degrees.
Ok, so it wasn't quite 110 degrees here today, but it felt pretty darn hot. And we didn't ride quite 110 miles, but 104 is pretty darn close. And I tell ya what, I was having the strongest craving for Mountain Dew! So I was thrilled when my riding compadres suggested we stop at the 7/11 at about mile 90 today.
They look pretty happy for having already covered 90 miles, no? That's because they're holding Big Gulp drinks! These are some of my Pac Velo teammates who are also going to be racing in Kona. Those guys are all like 9:45ish IM guys who are all apparently trying to go even faster than that this year. They rip the legs off us girls every Saturday.
There were actually 8 of us riding today and we looked like the matching Octuplets out there on the roads. Too funny.
The first half of our ride today was flat and windy. And fast. I don't know what those guys were thinking, dragging us along at such a quick pace. Did they not know what we were going to encounter in the second half of the ride?? The second half was full of short steep hills. I think we all paid the price to some degree there on those hills. But in the end, I'm happy with how I rode today. The Mountain Dew helped me get up the last couple of hills I'm sure. Solid. Tired at the end for sure, but amazingly, I was able to run afterward at a pace that was a good bit faster than my goal pace in Kona. That was cool. I tell ya, that Jen Harrison sure knows how to train an athlete for an Ironman.