Here is exactly what I did…three things only:
1.) A liter bottle with 640 calories of Maurten
2.) Two 100cal maurten jellies with 100mg of caffeine
3.) Two 9oz flasks with 280cal dextrose/120cal fructose/0.125 tsp sodium citrate
That’s nutrition for 5 hours. Drink the Maurten over the course of two hours. Drink 25% of the 9oz bottles every 20 minutes. Try to take down a Maurten Jelly every two hours. Had 5 of those nutrition sets mixed up before the race…so I would roll up to the car, throw open the hatch, dump off the empties & re-up with the next set.
I also drank 1.5 mini cherry cokes, ate 4 little cups of pringles, ate a coconut almond butter cliff bar, ate a few olives, and that’s all I can remember.
Talked to the guy who created the race beforehand & he gave me the advice that it wasn’t a good idea to do it without a crew (in retrospect, true) & if there is no crew stay on the bike always. That’s the way it went down. I took a leak, I stuffed my face, I filled my water, I put air in the tires, at one point my back wheel came off & I fixed that…so plenty of crappy ‘stopped time’ but I never rested.
Physically it was not ‘on the limit’ but mentally it was tough. Imagine a big chunk of flint that is your resolve. Every lap you knap a flake of that chunk & that flake lays there and says, ‘Please quit.’ Next lap, there are two flakes in the pile & your resolve is just a little bit knapped away. With 9 hours to go my resolve was flaked away enough to be outnumbered by all those flakey bits piled up urging me to quit. Not for any good reason…I was right on schedule…not cramping…not injured. Just kinda the same type of thing that urges you to take a drink when your thirsty. No real reason to it. Just a building urge to do something (or not do something in this case).
By the second to last lap I was hanging on by a thread! It was a really, really mentally emptying effort. But I hit all my goals…even the reach out RAAM qualifying total.