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Epic Fail

I signed up for the Total 200 back in May when I didn’t know what I would do with myself with a total lack of goals for the rest of the summer. It seemed like something cool to do with my fitness, and a way to meet some really cool people in the area.

Woke up at 4 AM. No breakfast really, just some water and soda to get a few calories in my stomach, which was already beginning to feel a bit unwilling to cooperate. At 5 AM, showed up at the organizers house, get my special needs bag set up and get ready to go. We head out almost immediately at 6 AM (6:00.33 AM to be exactly). For the first few miles, we tour the center of DC and then head out of the city as a big group, which gets fractured by stop lights. We pass a few people changing flats but for the most part, we make pretty good time to the first aid station at 20 mi. in. Have a clif bar, refill on water, and top off my inifinit concentrate bottle with water, then continue on through rolling countryside for the next 25-27 miles or so before we hit the next aid station. We’re pacelining, so we’re making pretty good time, though we stop a few times to regroup. At the next stop, we decide to form a much larger group for the 3rd leg. This group splits in two, and I end up in the front group (I actually bridge to the front group as it looks a bit more fun and organized). Once there, we end up rotating 2 minute pulls at the front and hit the 3rd stop feeling pretty good. Well, for the most part, I feel pretty good, but I could probably use a bathroom. But we decide to push on as we’ve got a pretty big bridge to go and some people are antsy to leave the stop. Cross the bridge, and one of the riders asks me if this is harder than the ironman. Harder? No. But very different. Make it to the lunch spot after we swallow a few more riders and spit some out, and I use the facilities. Not great results there, but we decide to continue on with an even stronger and larger group. We make it about 13 miles when one guy starts dry heaving and another flats. We stop at a gas station and I get a red bull as well as top off on some water while we wait for the flatted rider. Get back on, go back over the bridge and make it to the rest stop. I’m tempted to drop off my extra tube (I have 2) with one of the volunteers, but I decide against it…

Good thing too, as I flat 1 mile from the stop. The group stops and waits as I attempt repair #1, but immediately on inflation, it flats again! So I tell them to go on and I’ll catch a group that was arriving as we left the aid station. Tube 2 goes on fine, but I get passed by the group that I wanted to catch. It looks like it’ll be just me for the next 20+ miles to the next aid station. Good chance to spend some time aero. Turns out we’ve got an awesome tail wind, so I start making great time. Pass the two riders from the group I wanted to catch as though they are standing still. Doesn’t appear like they want someone to pull for them, so I keep going. 5 miles from the aid station I run into K, a really strong female rider who had the same problem as I did, as well as C, the rider who had been dry heaving before. We also get topped off with water and some soda from my friend S who was awesome and volunteered. She was on her way to aid stop 7 (also the first one we hit). By the time we hit the aid station, I’m beginning to feel ill. Bloated, I suppose, but just a bit ill. However, the group is leaving and I’d prefer to not ride solo, so I decide to soldier on with them after getting some quick soda and topping off the bottles again. We head out and I’m pretty much hanging in the back. The last 25 miles alone didn’t kill my legs as they are pretty fresh feeling, but the rest of my body is in trouble. Every breath feels like it gets caught in my chest. I’m continuously accelerating to catch the group and constantly looking for an area to pull off and call for a SAG wagon. I’ve stopped having fun, and now it’s all about survival. Survival that comes in the form of a Citgo station almost immediately after I get spat out the back of the group. I use the facilities there twice, reload on water, have some gatorade, and dump some water on my head. I feel better, but I’ve decided the next aid station will be my last as my body definitely doesn’t want to continue. I make it to the aid station with great pace and call it a day at 183.5 miles.

I don’t feel awful about my decision. I think it was the smarted decision, but I think I possibly could have finished. But my mind wasn’t in it, and I wasn’t really in the mood to have my body shut down. So: great experience, and if it fits in with everything else next year, I’ll probably do it again. And hopefully finish.

Power stats:

Entire workout (136 watts):
Duration: 9:21:48 (11:48:44)
Work: 4544 kJ
TSS: 503.6 (intensity factor 0.737)
Norm Power: 172
VI: 1.26
Pw:HR: 4.76%
Pa:HR: -4.77%
Distance: 182.481 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 667 136 watts
Heart Rate: 99 168 138 bpm
Cadence: 29 193 83 rpm
Speed: 1:34 0:00 3:03 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 354 49 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1059 147 lb-in

Power-Tap #1:
Duration: 1:17:56 (1:25:58)
Work: 637 kJ
TSS: 73.1 (intensity factor 0.753)
Norm Power: 175
VI: 1.28
Pw:HR: -2.24%
Pa:HR: 17.29%
Distance: 24.725 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 585 137 watts
Heart Rate: 107 160 133 bpm
Cadence: 30 174 81 rpm
Speed: 1:53 20:59 3:08 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 273 52 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1059 154 lb-in

Power-Tap #2:
Duration: 1:21:12 (1:37:03)
Work: 696 kJ
TSS: 86.3 (intensity factor 0.801)
Norm Power: 187
VI: 1.3
Pw:HR: 14.6%
Pa:HR: 0.97%
Distance: 28.2 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 667 144 watts
Heart Rate: 107 168 142 bpm
Cadence: 29 170 86 rpm
Speed: 1:34 26:06 2:51 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 324 48 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1016 149 lb-in

Power-Tap #3:
Duration: 1:19:00 (1:20:58)
Work: 701 kJ
TSS: 69.1 (intensity factor 0.727)
Norm Power: 169
VI: 1.14
Pw:HR: 3.84%
Pa:HR: -11.23%
Distance: 24.906 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 526 149 watts
Heart Rate: 122 162 143 bpm
Cadence: 30 156 82 rpm
Speed: 2:05 22:59 3:09 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 346 55 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 844 160 lb-in

Power-Tap #4:
Duration: 6:53 (28:35)
Work: 44 kJ
TSS: 4 (intensity factor 0.602)
Norm Power: 140
VI: 1.25
Pw:HR: -19.71%
Pa:HR: -4.62%
Distance: 1.615 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 326 112 watts
Heart Rate: 122 144 135 bpm
Cadence: 29 114 72 rpm
Speed: 3:06 26:06 4:03 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 185 45 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 549 135 lb-in

Power-Tap #5:
Duration: 1:36:02 (2:39:12)
Work: 691 kJ
TSS: 65.4 (intensity factor 0.643)
Norm Power: 150
VI: 1.23
Pw:HR: -0.22%
Pa:HR: 4.87%
Distance: 31.127 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 461 121 watts
Heart Rate: 111 162 139 bpm
Cadence: 31 178 85 rpm
Speed: 1:52 26:49 3:03 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 290 42 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 821 126 lb-in

Power-Tap #6:
Duration: 2:25:07 (2:54:02)
Work: 1195 kJ
TSS: 126.8 (intensity factor 0.728)
Norm Power: 170
VI: 1.22
Pw:HR: 0.13%
Pa:HR: 1.29%
Distance: 49.722 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 476 139 watts
Heart Rate: 99 156 136 bpm
Cadence: 31 178 85 rpm
Speed: 1:44 0:00 2:53 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 310 48 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 828 144 lb-in

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