Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bull Run

Pictures are from Mt. Bachelor.

Hard to believe in 13 days we'll be riding this course in sweltering hot weather when the road is still not open at the top yet due to snow. Several teammates decided to go ride the Pac Crest course this weekend (as far as they could) to get a feel for what they are in for. I know what I am in for, so I chose to stay at home and be a bull rider.

Bull Run is our infamous end of year ride before Pac Crest. Every year I do just a little bit better at it, but every year I also forget how torturous it is. 65 miles with about 4500 feet in climbing (I was told it was more like 5500 by people this year, but I have no proof of that). Every year as I hit that first steep downhill and I'm screaming along I get a huge smile on my face and then I realize that what goes down must come back up on this course, as it is an out and back. It's a beautiful ride and when we hit the aid station at 32.5 miles, I was feeling great!...and this kind of surprised me.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I've been having some tummy troubles. I was starting to worry I had picked up a parasite at the lake last weekend, and I came into this ride with a few less co2 cartridges, tubes and snacks and made a lot more room in my bag for toilet paper. I'm happy to say that I didn't have to break into the bag even once. I did break into what snacks I could fit in and I'm here to tell you that if you aren't already enjoying the Chocolate Almond COCONUT Mojo bars...you need to go get some right now! YUM!

As we headed back to finish up the next 32.5 miles, I maintained a great speed, attitude, and strength...until we got to a little 1.5ish/2 mile hill that I had completely forgotten about. It's amazing how fast you can go downhill for 1.5 and not even notice it, but getting back up that baby was H.A.R.D. My butt, my hips, my glutes...EVERYTHING was screaming at me to just stop. All of a sudden I remembered that it was just after this hill during my first season that about 4 people hopped in the SAG wagon for a ride back because they just couldn't finish the ride. I didn't quit that year and I was sure as heck not going to quit this year. I grabbed some advil from the aid station and washed it down with about 10 gummy bears, 25 sugar drops, a handful of pretzels and off we went.

I've never cried during the Bull Run ride before, but I've cried after it...in my car...with my legs cramping up...and no one could see me. But no tears this year...so I guess that's improvement. I know it made me stronger and we start taper now...
...as much as an 8 mile run tomorrow can be considered taper. Whatever...I just follow the schedule.

18 comments:

Heather said...

Wow. That is awesome. I respect anyone who can hang with the hills!!

That mojo sounds really good and like something I am NOT allergic to. I will give it a try!!

I can't believe you are going to run....I would curl up into a ball and sleep for days after that. You are hard core.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

8 miles is a taper run? Girl, you are so hard core. I can't believe Pac Crest is two weeks away. You've got this!

The Green Girl said...

That is a serious ride.

Congratulations on conquering it sans tears.

Kate said...

Awesome, Julie!! I had to laugh about your line about screaming downhill. I'd be braking the whole way. :) As much as I hate the uphills, at least I don't have to brake on those.

Glad you're feeling better. Look how STRONG you are! You're going to rock this!

Alma said...

Holy cow, you are amazing. To keep returning to a course that has made you cry in pain! That's serious dedication.
Great job on your ride - you are such an inspiration!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Julie, you are an inspiration! You've come so far and I'm so excited to see how you do on the big day! :) Bring on Taper!! :)

Aimee said...

Seriously, that ride sounds brutal! But, yay for no crying this year! :)

Jill said...

Looks like it a weekend of hills from hell for us both! Nice job conquering them and not giving up...or crying this year :). You are TOTALLY awesome! And I'm certain when you come out to CO next year to ride with Julie andI in this ride we did today, you will kick my butt!!

I'M Tri-ing said...

Bull Run? Any bike ride with "Bull" in it can't be good! Nice job!
Isn't a chocolate, almond, coconut bar an Almond Joy?

Tri-Living...Together said...

I had to look at those photo's twice.. SNOW???????

Shelby said...

Beautiful! You are awesome for voluntarily climbing MOUNTAINS!

Good luck =)

Nelly said...

Nice job on the ride! Sounds like an intense one!

XLMIC said...

Great job! I can only imagine a ride so tough it leaves you crying in the car…alone. And this year it didn't do that to you…awesome! I'll bet that 8-mile run was a welcome relief…at least as much as it could be :P You are going to be sooooo ready for this, Julie. :)

ajh said...

It sounds like you are doing amazingly well. No sag wagon for you!

Julie said...

Jill said you are coming to Colorado to ride with us?!?!?!? If she said it, it must be true and I have a feeling the 3 of would get along really well!

You are going to kick some serious butt this year, you are soo ready!

Mike said...

Great ride! Enjoy the taper. Can't wait for the race report.

Fruit Fly said...

Hooray for no tears! You must have the most amazing legs ever. I'd probably be walking and pushing my bike up the hill... if I had a bike, of course.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That one hard ride! Congrats on improvement.