Posted by: runuphill | February 27, 2010

Zion Spring Century – 2010

My good friends Ryan Kunz and Jon Skramstad talked me into signing up for the Zion Spring Century road ride this past weekend.  I’m not really a biker, but given that I want to do Lotoja in September I figured it would be good to get some saddle time.  So, without a single day of peddling in the past 9 months (?) I headed down to St. George the evening before the race.  As a runner I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the aid stations for this event, but it turns out that they were quite similar to what I have become accustomed to.  I needed only water.  The weather called for a day of rain so I brought my Sugoi jacket that proved to be very nice.  The ride was awesome and wound through areas in and around St. George that I never even knew existed.  Once in Hurricane, Utah I hit the aid station, got some water and asked for directions.  The staff pointed me in what they thought was the correct direction.  Several miles later I figured out that they had sent me on the slightly different 60 mile course so I turned back and eventually got back on the correct course.  The climb out of Hurricane was uphill with a strong head-wind, which means for a runner on a bike that you’re out of the saddle, which was nice.  The wind was relentless all the way through Rockville, Springdale, and through to the turn-around point at the park entrance.  But, this meant that the ride back would be effortless.  At the park aid station I stopped for some water and was amazed at the spread of food.  Big BLT Subway sandwiches.  While it sounded nice I knew better.  So, I peddled all the way back to the finish line sipping my First Endurance EFS gel and arrived just before the rain really started.  107 mile in 6 hrs 5 minutes, I was happy with that.  Mindy was at the finish line so all was good.  We waited for my friends to finish and then drove back to SLC.    Another great journey.

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  1. It looks like Chuck’s math is better than Buzz’s…. 🙂

    Yes, I had some good saddle rash, but I’ll leave the details off this blog post….

  2. 17.6 mph? I like the bonus miles! How was your bottom?

  3. You soloed 100 miles @ 22 mph? Jeez … consider a switch to multi-sport. And time to have a go on the White Rim!


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