General Cycling Discussion - MS Ride
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04-11-02, 08:55 PM
Is anyone here doing or has ever done the Ride for MS on Martha's Vineyard? I'm going to attempt the 100k, which may not be a lot of distance to many here but I just started riding again a couple weeks ago.
If you have ridden in it, how is it?
04-12-02, 06:18 AM
04-13-02, 05:59 AM
I guess the overwhelming response tells all. :rolleyes:
04-13-02, 06:27 AM
never rode the marthas vinyard MS ride BUT have been on other M S rides usually have the option of 62 miles or 100 miles each of the two days. the rides a re well supported, many rest stops stocked with food and energy drink and watrer saag wagons and friendly people
04-13-02, 01:31 PM
Stor Mand,How many miles are you riding now and when is the MS ride?60 miles is a lot of miles if you just started a few weeks ago,unless you was into running or super fit before hand.Most charity rides I've been on have rest areas every 10 to 20 miles.Most take care of ya pretty good.
04-13-02, 09:28 PM
I rode about 17 miles tonight :) . Central Mass is very hilly but averaged almost 13 MPH :( . Not real fast but it will get me there. It's getting better each time I go. Some of the hills are bad and long enough that I was only going 5 to 8 MPH but I guess the trick is to find the right gear and keep pedaling. The hardest part is finding the time to get out and ride. I haven't even been on my motorcycle yet :( . I'll do a couple 20's this week and see if I can crank out a 30 next weekend (maybe). Still have several weeks left to work myself. :D
04-14-02, 10:38 AM
Sounds like it will be tough but I'll say you will make it.I know what you mean about find time to train.I can only ride Wed and Sundays so its tough to get ready for events.I've heard you can ride 2 to 3 times your base.At 17 miles as a base is cutting it close.If you could get up to a few 40 or 50 milers before hand I say you would do great! Spinning a high cadence in smaller gears works for me.I rode up to 50 milers getting 'ready' for a century 2 years ago.By the last 15 miles I was spinning in the lowest gears on my 21 speed and I mean the lowest.I went to the ride by myself but met a couple other riders that were about my skill level (terrible) and that helped a bunch.It was getting dark when we chugged in to town,but we made it.Hope ya do it ,MS is a good cause...KC
04-14-02, 02:33 PM
hi ya...I'm riding a Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (team in training) ride June 2 in Tahoe.
rode 49 miles yesterday, but only 15 today. i hope to get up to close to 80 (at least once) before I go.
it gets easier each day...but alone can get boring if out for more than an hour. group rides are best if you can get with someone else.
i'm slow... ave speed 12 mph. up hills 4-5 miles per hour. into wind slows me as well.
04-15-02, 05:35 PM
Hello Bbmoozer,Are you going to do a century at the event?49 miles pretty good ride for this early in the riding season.The most I've done is 35 so far this year.I hope to ride 60 for the Harmony100 May5-6.The hardest part for me is raising the cash for the type ride you and Stor are doing and the riding is pretty hard.Wish I had a few rich relatives:D What kind of bike are ya riding?...KC
04-15-02, 05:59 PM
Hi ya KC. I ride a Cannondale Silk Path. It's a hybred with a few personal modifications. I wish it went faster, but then again, I think I may be able to fix that once my legs get stronger.
Yeah, training for a century. In the coming weeks, I will not be able to be consistent with training because of work/travel.
The fund raising side of it is still looming for me. I've hit up just about everyone I've ever known- professionally, personally etc.. I have also sold candy. Great bunch of people tho. Our 'coach' is a fanatic on a bike. I'm pedaling my heart out on a hill, near heart attack status and he's just talking away - cajoling me into making it up the hill. I wanted to say "shut up I can do it" but I had no air to breath the words!! :) I really admire those folks who are so in shape with their biking.
04-15-02, 07:23 PM
Riding a Specialized Sirrus Pro - the bike is faster than I. I am having more difficulty raising the cash than I thought I would. I still have a few weeks. I need to push myself a little more now to be able to get through the 60 miles.
I am doing the MS 150 from Houston to Austin Texas this weekend. It is 100 miles on Saturday and 80 on Sunday. This will be my first MS and my first century.
04-16-02, 06:42 PM
JR,Man you have your MS ride early in the year.It would have to be downhill all the way for me to do a century this early.I'm glad I did it once but ,I don't plan on doing a century again EVER.I might be able to be talked into an 80 if I could train till Sept-Oct.I just can't ride enough times a week to be properly trained.You trained and ready or ya gonna pull it out of your tail like me?Whats your ride going to be?
04-16-02, 07:12 PM
Bbmoozer,Stor,Alright Hybrid riders!My hybrid Diamondback Ambition was my first love.6 years of trouble free riding,6 events ridden in comfort.Weighs 30lb though so I really got a work out.As for speed,I don't really see a big jump since I went to a 25lb roadbike.I know many think 25lb is still heavy but 5lb off the bike and 5lb off me hasn't changed my average speed any.When I rode the HillyHundred last year,I thought I was in trouble when almost everyone was on a roadbike.Then I saw people that were way into their golden years,people that had to weigh 300 pounds,and a couple on handpowered cycles cranking their way over those hills,and I knew I could do it.Thats my best advice.Be comfortable as you can and draw energy from those around ya.I wish I had the wind to talk to others when I ride.I'm lucky if I can let out a gasp when confronted with a monster hill:D ...KC
I'm not doing the Martha's Vineyard ride, although friends of mine have done it and enjoyed it. I'm doing the RI to CT MS 150, not as appealling as MV this time of year but it is giving me the extra time to get my mileage up there.
I hope it goes well! If you decide to ride the RI, I'll see you in Coventry, RI!
Hilly...It was definitely not downhill! Going West from Houston to Austin through the Texas Hill County. Specifically through Buscher and Bastrop State Park...serious hills!
Anyway...yes we did many weekend training rides and I hit and miss as much as I could during the week for several months. Last several weeks took off work a couple of hours early twice a week to train.
I did o.k. I think. Made day 1 (100 miles) in 6 hours 37 minutes (bike time). Second day (75+) including the State Parks in 5 hours +. My ride is a Klein Quantum Race.
It was tough through some of the hills but, rewarding when we would pass through small towns and see folks in wheel chairs with signs saying "thanks...you're riding for me". That's about all it took to keep me going.
Early in the year maybe but...thank God it wasn't mid summer when it would be over 100 degrees.
Planning to do 90 at the "Shiner Bash" in May and the annual famous "Hotter Than Hell" ride in August. It is billed as "100 miles in 100 degrees". I did the metric there last year in 104 degree temp.
I lived in Shreveport, La. last year and I don't think anyone could pay me enough to ride any long distance in the middle of summer there. Just too HOT and humid!
Thankfully I'm back north now. Battling winter conditions is worth it, if it means no obscenely hot days like down there.
Good for you though, that you can do it! Just not a summer-person here.
05-04-02, 05:20 PM
JR, I read about the 'Hotter Than Hell' ride in Bicycling some years back.Man, You be crazy! Only way for me on that one is when someone invents air conditioners for your handlebars. I hate to say it my friend but if you do that one,next is that Death Valley double century or something like that.Then moving in with the aboriginals in Australia.I saw a few people at the HillyHundred wearing Hotter that Hell jerseys.The Hilly must of been a 'ride through the park'for them...Hilly
Meradi....Actually I think you have to be the tough guy! I would not want to ride in the frozen north during the winter. Wind and cold and probably wet?!?!? Yuck!
As for you HillyMan!...Double Century Death Valley!! Whoa there! Maybe if it's a three day event! Not positive I will be ready but, that is the goal and I really think I can do century at HHH this year.
Tailwinds to you all!
I doubt that! I just grew up with winters and the extreme heat and humidity that the South has for so long is foreign to me. But the ice storms that seem to hit down there are another story.
This winter was barely a winter at all. Of course I didn't do much riding, as my thrift-store bike sorely needed repair and I was saving for a new one, which seems to be working out well. Right now I'm trying to rack up some more miles (my commute right now is only about 4 miles each way).
Anyway I'm probably wandering off-topic now...
Have a nice day!
05-08-02, 06:58 AM
Made it to the end of the 100k. I was exhausted but felt like I had accomplished something. A month or so ago, a 5 mile ride was exhausting so it's good to see some progression in my distance & stamina.
05-08-02, 04:31 PM
Way to GO ! Stor, Man thats a big jump in mileage.I've been pretty tired at the end of some of my rides,but the next day is usually the worst for me.After my century I had a hamstring that killed me for 6 months.I'm OK after I get use to a certain distance,but every time I jump up 10 miles,I'm a zombie the next day at work.
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