The ride started out well. It was dark for the first hour, and I started slow and easy. As the sun crept up I felt good, so I worked a little harder. My goal was to break my previous 12-hour record as well as try to set a new 24-hour record. My plan was to do a medium effort the first 12 hours and then back-off the second 12 hours. I felt strong for about 8 hours. The day was beautiful and the air temperature was just right for riding. I sailed around the loop enjoying fields brimming with bright white cotton balls and golden soy bean leaves. It was a perfect Carolina sky blue day. Part of the loop was into a challenging headwind. It’s always psychologically difficult to see your speed drop. However, I reminded myself that I would make it up on the tailwind side and that I was slipping through the wind like an arrow. My nutrition seemed to be going well too. I was able to eat a little solid food and drink quite a bit of liquid nutrition.
At the 12 hour mark I had surpassed the previous 250 mile record by about 8 miles.