CHALLENGE ROTH 2023
Stay calm. Stay in the moment.
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I feel like I was...
(completed at the end of the week)
SUNDAY JUN 18 ☀️
Sleep 5 | Fatigue 4 | Stress 4 | Soreness 3
Rate on an scale 1-7 1=best 7=worst +5 is a warning
Pre-Ride: Dead bugs, breathing, Glute Bridges. Ride 3:00. If possible, ride some of the course! Easy to steady effort. Spending time in the bars and getting the lay of the land. Race day fueling and hydration
Run/Walk off the bike: 40 minutes: 8 rounds (1 minute walk, 4 minutes easy running)
Time: 282 Mins Ride: 99 km Run/Walk: 7.7 km
Carina put me on the express train to Roth arriving at noon. After getting some bearings, finding the Triathlon Park, I set out to Eckersmühlen and the start of my loop.
A local roadie named Flo caught me and instead of riding off my back wheel, we struck up a conversation through to his home just off the race course in Seiboldsmühle.
I was alone for the ride down to Greding, up and over the Kreissstraße RH24 and didn't see another cyclist going in my direction until Offenbau. A younger guy, tanned with diamonds for calves rolls passed me on a tricked out Canyon Speedmax and offers a me a "Tschüss". As he headed up the road, I caught a glimpse of his buddy closing in on me too.
Oddly, the gap to the bike in front of me began to shrink and as my shoulder passed Mr. Speedmax, I smiled and said, "Tschüss!"
Up the road in the little hamlet of Eysölden, I made a wrong turn; my detour let the pair of riders catch me again. It was obvious to me that they knew the route well and I followed as best I could through to the hill before Hilpoltstein.
One thing about what these guys were doing was that they seemed to pull away from me when things were flat and I'd be back on their wheel when things turned uphill. If I was to guess, they were riding with the intention of holding a certain power.
Solar Hill was a lonely climb today and it was predominantly into a headwind from there to Pierheim.
Energy was starting to go. It was hot and with no convenience stores (aid stations) on the back half of the loop, water was needed. On a Sunday afternoon, very little was open.
Before rolling past the swim start, I decided to pull in and check out the scene. A crew was in the early process of setting things up. The water in the canal didn't look so fresh. I'll be giving my wetsuit an extra rinse after the event.
The last leg from T1 to T2 (back to Roth) is mostly false flat downhill.
I found a bakery that was open. For €7, I bought two bottles of water and a local brand of cola.
I contemplated riding back to Nürnberg; as the crow flies, its ~29 km. Google Maps estimated and hour thirty by bike and the route looked complicated.
🥵 It's 32°C; I opted for the train instead.
From Nürnberg Hbf (Central Train Station), the ride through the city was short and when I arrived home, I was into my running shoes pretty quickly.
It was still hot but I did feel relatively good, clicking off the 4 minute reps on the pedestrian pathway along Münchener Straße (again).
I ran to the park and did a lap of Zeppelinfeld; it is still a very ominous experience to know what was in the 1930's. I did some stairs on the Zeppelinhaupttribüne just because.
Other things on this run included a run past Kongresshalle, a run to the end of Großen Straße finishing up at the front of the SS-Kaserne.
Despite the odd navigational hiccup, I got to ride on some more fantastic German roads, passing by wheats fields and forests.
Thunderstorms rolling in from the southwest and it was a race to get home.
Very light rain when I started the run, but mostly the weather stayed to the west. Effort was easy and I felt great on the run.