I headed out to Bent Creek again for a faster ride with some intervals thrown in.
I always have trouble eating first thing in the morning and have not found anything that sits well in my stomach. I have found that I can wait up to a couple of hours before eating in the morning and my system works a lot better, but this method does not work well for races that start early in the morning.
This morning I tried a couple of scrambled eggs, sprinkled with cheddar cheese. I choked down 3/4 of it but could not stomach the rest. And there is sat, in the dark cavern of my belly. I felt really sluggish and wanted to go back to bed, but I headed to the trailhead anyway.
Once on the trail, I felt like a pile of moldy rice and wanted to turn back but forced myself to continue. I started drinking my super secret sports drink, a combo of maltodextrin and nuun. Interestingly, I started to feel better after about 20 minutes, so continue on my ride. Up Ingles Field and down Greenslick, up Sidehill, up Bent Creek Gap Road, then back down, a short trip on Explore Loop, past the lake then Hardtimes Connector and the freaking fun wall rides!
It was a great day for a ride, and my body is feeling good. I'm recovering after attacking the climbs and my down hill skills, while lacking, are improving!