DALMAC was pretty tough on me this year. I came down with a stomach bug the day before – I was down for the count. I slept for something like 14 hours that day. I packed for DALMAC between naps, when I felt my stomach could handle it… It was slow going.
The next morning I felt a lot better but I was more than a little nervous about trying to ride three centuries and 72 miles in four days. I had stomach issues the whole first day but I held on. Dinner that night, as necessary as it was, did not taste all that good.
I awoke Friday with a much better outlook. In comparison, I only spent about a third of the ride in any discomfort. Saturday, I felt great but I woke up Sunday morning to what felt like a cold coming on. After a couple of cups of coffee I felt a lot better. I ended up riding every last mile of the 380.
We got home late Sunday night, well late for me, around 10 pm. To say I fell asleep promptly would be a bit of an understatement. Monday was pretty rough. I ended up kinda sick, but not wiped out so rather than mess with inviting anyone else to ride, my wife and I slept in and took the kids out for an easy 18 miler.
Tuesday was the club ride and even though I was still feeling a little under the weather, I rode with the group anyway. We turned in a better than average time for the 30 miles, 1:21:20 and I did my fair share, but no more.
Wednesday I paid for everything but with ugly skies, I felt well justified in polishing the couch with my butt.
I probably could have taken another day off yesterday, but I decided to ride anyway. I felt a lot better and ended up enjoying my ride thoroughly though my legs felt smoked. I kept it fairly easy, but I found myself not wanting to get out of the saddle to charge up a hill or to spin up to an easier cadence… My legs, simply put, are feeling the mileage.
Weather permitting, I know I’ll be riding every day of the weekend but I’m leaving the overall mileage to whatever comes up. One thing is for certain; After DALMAC, I’ve got enough miles I don’t have to worry about it for a while.