Nutrition: The nutritional training continues, with more calories from fat on the rides. Although any normal person would conclude the mass of food I carried today would be enough for an army, it was only about 2100 calories, including the Cytomax in my four bottles (and two more water bottles)--not nearly enough to stay in caloric balance for a 7 h, 4100 calorie ride. I'll get away with that for a 7 h ride, and even loose a little weight, but that will not work for a multi day event like RAW.
The good news was the two new foods on the bike. The first, FBOMB Nut Butter, by Love You Foods. I was skeptical, but it was highly recommended by Maria Crawford. Simply awesome. Twice the calories of Gu, my stomach tolerated it well--did not even hint at a complaint, and tasty Macadamia with Sea Salt flavor. Love You Foods is a small Flagstaff company. It was a major discovery. The second was a bag of Snak Club raw almonds... another 450 calories and 39 g of quality fat from the Giant gas station on Oracle. That got me home. The nutritional training goes well.
I finished the ride with a loop along the El Tour course. It was 3 pm, and riders were still out there. I figured they had been out on the road nearly 9 h, averaging about 10 mph. They deserve admiration and respect. El Tour was their own audacious accomplishment today. Somewhat ironically, the RAAM qualifying standard is an average pace of 10 mph. I looped back up and down Twin Peaks. The lane closure was still up and I had the descent and the lane all to myself... finishing my 130+ mile birthday ride. The rather melodramatic vision of riding into Atlantic City finishing the RAAM I remember from the 1980s came back to me.
Day 7: 205 d, 17 h, 58 m to RAW 2019.
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My interest in ultracycling dates back when I first started seriously riding a bike in college in the early 1980s. This is my RAAM story preparing to compete in the Race Across the West in 2020 and RAAM 2021.