I drank about 2/3 of a 2 liter bottle of Coke just before the start - my stomach's reaction caused me to hide in the field for a few laps, just before the finish, as I chided myself for drinking so much. Oddly enough I spent the first 15 laps riding okay. The last 5 I forced myself to the front.
I also dumped 4 bottles of ice water on myself - one over the course of a few minutes at the start line, three during the race.
Ends up I felt pretty good during the race. Worked for my friend and teammate so there's a lot more action than normal, meaning I'm not just sitting in the whole race. I had to skip out on the initial part of the race, where I probably could have used about 15 minutes of constant jumping, bridging, and pulling. Of course I did this to save time on the clip, and then YouTube extended their clip length maximum to 15 minutes. Still, though, this represents a good core of the race.
As usual, in hindsight, I realized I could have done things differently. I hope to return and give these ideas a try.
Anyway, I had a lot of fun in the race. I hope you have fun watching the clip.
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Video is just below. Enjoy.