|Ready to ride. Left to right: me, Au, Anh, Mike, Thu|
Roughly 10 miles into the race was the first pit stop. We were there for quite awhile waiting for Anh to catch up, which gave us more time to eat. I ate four donuts, which equated to 20 minutes off of my time but we were probably there for that long, if not longer.
|Inhaling donuts without knowing the consequences.|
Then minutes later, my body started to feel like shit. Side stitches and cramps. My stomach was not in a good place. I needed to purge. When we arrived at the second pit stop, I wanted no part of it. I never thought I would ever refuse a Shipley's donut. But I did.
|Damn you Shipley's!|
Over two hours later, I crossed the finish line. It took me a little longer since I got separated from the pack and made my own (longer) route. Awaiting at the finish was a table of stacked boxes of FREE Shipley's donuts. No más!
The 28 mile (30+ miles in my case) bike ride was okay for the most part. My legs were fine but my goods and butt were not fairing so well. I laughed at the people wearing bicycle shorts but in the end, they had the last laugh.
That day was full of firsts. It was the first time I rode in a bike race. It was the first time it was beneficial to eat donuts. And it was the first time I ever refused a Shipley's donut.
UPDATE: Here are my results.
Raw time: 2:45:34
Official time: 2:25:34
Overall: 172nd place