Fifty Plus (50+) - Hilly Hellacious
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Typical story that we hear a lot on 50+. Will be my 4th or 5th time. With the heat and my lack of riding the last couple months Sunday's ride will probably be a real test of wills just to finish. Gotta wonder if I'll bag the 100 miler and opt for the metric midway through the ride............
08-23-07, 06:39 PM
Good luck, I bet there's enough leftover conditioning in you, you'll do fine. I'm a bit apprehensive about the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred (http://www.hh100.org/) I'm riding Saturday, too, bronchitis stricken that I am. Give us a report, and I'll share mine.
08-23-07, 06:54 PM
Have fun, guys. That's what it's all about.
bobby c and I are in for the Blue Ridge Extreme on Sunday. I'm preparing right now by drinking a glass of wine and eating some Puffins (cereal, not the bird). It'll be interesting reading everyone's reports.
08-23-07, 08:12 PM
Anything you would even consider climbing is beyond my imagination right now. Literally.
I stand in awe and respect of what you can and DO do on two wheels.
But JT is exactly right. Above all, this -what we do; ride- is supposed to be fun.
You'll know what to do. You'll feel it. Luuuuuuuuuuke.
08-24-07, 01:35 PM
Haven't been out much myself recently but decided in the week just to go out and ride. Night ride so out on the giant- took a couple of 12% hills in as a warm up and decided I wanted more hills- Rode 15 miles to get to some new ones and They were great. Not that steep or long as I am used to but good riding- Got home and 70 miles done- the last 2 hours of it on the spare lamp as I forgot to get a full charge in the Big light..
So I took in 70 miles with a few hills and slopes and I haven't the core strength that you have. Why not pack a pannier on the bike- Take a picnic and enjoy the ride instead of hammering as a way to get back? Knowing you- I'll give it 15 miles before you get with a pack and start moving along again.
I did the Hotter than Hell in 2001 and it was the hottest I've ever been (and I went to high school in Phoenix). The medical tents and sags were full for the last 35 miles. If I had known what I know now, I would have taken out a one day license and tailed off the 5 race. I made the mistake of not stopping at the third stop and ran out of water. Ouch!
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