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Old 07-01-16, 12:55 PM   #1
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Unlikely. I performed the "gathering of the meats" today for this weekend's festivities. Smoking a boston butt tomorrow for pulled pork (inlaws coming up), got a big ol' brisket for Monday and I'll be making some satay out of some rib eye.
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I was nearly attacked by Marmota Monax yesterday....also known as a woodchuck.....I was riding down the road and passed one who was in the grass roadside and startled it and the thing GROWLED at me, I have heard them WHISTLE but never growl
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Okay, so how would one get an unsupported group riding event (say with a 15, and 40 mile options). Thinking start at one spot, hit the truckstop/carl's Jr as a fill water bottles (5.5 miles) and get some grub to pack along, then go 18 miles to the next town east and take a water break, then from there either ride to the next town east take a break and ride back.

Maybe get the riders to pay $5.00 each to have a foo foo coffee pre-paid at the local coffee wagon? Maybe get the local coffee wagon and a couple other businesses to chip in on T-shirts?
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So I opened my Strava phone app just now and the first thing it tells me is the @DrIsotope is ignoring the recovery advisor.
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only 121 miles this month so far thanks to the wind and wimpy ride partners....
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Went out today, but the ride was cut short due to a small cut that finally sealed, but then the tire after being filled with Co2 started to lose some pressure after I hit another small pebble (the cause of the first cut). https://www.strava.com/activities/630354023 I had to have my wife bring me the tire pump and another Co2 cartridge.... when the pump wouldn't work I loaded the bike up and called it a day.

So now to take the tire off the wheel, clean the bead on the tire and the wheel surface, remount the tire, and then fill tire with sealant.......Sounds like I will visit the bike shop after work tomorrow to use their compressor and buy some sealant, and Co2.
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So I opened my Strava phone app just now and the first thing it tells me is the @DrIsotope is ignoring the recovery advisor.
After GMR, that thing told me 52 hours recovery. Fifty two? Really? Went out for a nice leisurely 25 miles (less than 700 feet of vertical) with the wife this morning, and the Advisor (which pops up at exactly 12 minutes into the ride) said "Fair." At the end, told me 47 hours. I'm probably not riding tomorrow, BUT NOT BECAUSE IT TOLD ME TO
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I wouldn't listen to 52hrs of recovery either
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dagray, beautiful photo!

I did a 50mi berfday ride to make sure I (at least) ride my age. I hijacked the Scripps Ranch Old Pros loop, because I didn't want to pay, and also I live at about 4:00 on that loop, they start/finish from like 6:00, I would have to add probably another 15mi (over a big hill and back) to get to the start and back from the finish. I had a group of friends riding with me, we averaged a very leisurely 12.x mph. Lunch at Kaminski's BBQ after. We never caught any stragglers of that ride, or even saw their aid stations (which we wouldn't have used). They were all cleaned up by the time we passed through.

The ride reinforced my non-desire to ever ride a century. I felt great for the first 43mi, no problem climbing Del Dios (at my slow pace). But then after Lake Hodges, climbing the slight grade of Pomerado for a few miles just wrung me out.
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The ride reinforced my non-desire to ever ride a century. I felt great for the first 43mi, no problem climbing Del Dios (at my slow pace). But then after Lake Hodges, climbing the slight grade of Pomerado for a few miles just wrung me out.
An important part of riding a century is going out knowing you're going to ride a century. I've gone out for a 50 mile ride, ended up closer to 70 and felt completely wrung out, when just weeks before I'd felt better after finishing a century. Part of it is likely pacing, but I'm convinced most of it is mental.
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Well for long rides I'm already averaging like 12mph. If I go any slower, a century would be just too many hours on a bike. Already yesterday's 50-miler was from 7:10 to almost noon. I was with a group that rides very casually, there were rest-stops and catchups where I wasn't moving. Maybe after a few weeks I'll try the same route alone and see whether I can get up to 15mph avg.

On a plus, the part B of "riding my age" was to try to achieve at least my age as max speed. Without revealing my age or actual berfday on the internets, I'll say I was very pleased to clock 48mph down Sorrento Valley.

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An important part of riding a century is going out knowing you're going to ride a century. I've gone out for a 50 mile ride, ended up closer to 70 and felt completely wrung out, when just weeks before I'd felt better after finishing a century. Part of it is likely pacing, but I'm convinced most of it is mental.
I agree - and for me the end is the end. The first time I tried to ride a solo century, I mapped a route (huge loop involving SGRT, LART, SART etc) with the knowledge that I could add 10 miles on to the end if I were feeling good to get an even 100 miles. NOPE!

Then again, I have a little mental wall right about 85 miles where I start asking myself what I was thinking. The first time was a mental and physical barrier, now it's just a "what were you thinking" moment but miles 85-100 are never really much fun. We'll see how my thinking changes next month on that cool breeze double metric.
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I've thought before that, if I ever want to try a century, it would be the Palm Springs century which is reputedly extremely flat (1000ft elevation over the whole 100mi). But of course without hills to hold the wind in check, wind becomes an issue. If they could set up the route/timing so that daily wind patterns would mean tailwind all the way?
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Try the OCW Amtrak Century. That was my first. I think it's about 3300 feet overall, but wind is generally favorable. And once you're up Torrey Pines, it's all downhill/flat the rest of the way.
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Well for long rides I'm already averaging like 12mph. If I go any slower, a century would be just too many hours on a bike. Already yesterday's 50-miler was from 7:10 to almost noon. I was with a group that rides very casually, there were rest-stops and catchups where I wasn't moving. Maybe after a few weeks I'll try the same route alone and see whether I can get up to 15mph avg.
Long breaks are not good when riding a century. Roll in, grab a few bites, fill up water, use the facilities as necessary, then get going. I did my first with one other guy, we were pretty comparable in speed and keeping the breaks short. Ride your own pace, especially until you are used to doing them. Trying to keep a group together is difficult.
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I've thought before that, if I ever want to try a century, it would be the Palm Springs century which is reputedly extremely flat (1000ft elevation over the whole 100mi). But of course without hills to hold the wind in check, wind becomes an issue. If they could set up the route/timing so that daily wind patterns would mean tailwind all the way?
Wouldn't that be nice!

In the Coachella Valley predicting wind is about as accurate as a politician's recollection of campaign promises
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Wouldn't that be nice!

In the Coachella Valley predicting wind is about as accurate as a politician's recollection of campaign promises
Meaning, 100% INaccurate, so you can count on the wind being the other direction (and plan your route backwards?)
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I've thought before that, if I ever want to try a century, it would be the Palm Springs century which is reputedly extremely flat (1000ft elevation over the whole 100mi). But of course without hills to hold the wind in check, wind becomes an issue. If they could set up the route/timing so that daily wind patterns would mean tailwind all the way?
It's more like 3800 feet, which is still very flat. *Most* of the time, you get an insane head wind for a couple miles at the start and then a huge tail wind for the long stretch of dillon road, and somehow... there's really no head wind when you head back to the start. I guess the buildings and vegetation break it up.

Cool breeze was my first century - it's a good one for that. Some hills, but they're all front loaded and you get a tail wind for most of the way back to the start.

Amtrak... sounds good but good luck getting "in". That dumb ride sells out in 10 minutes flat. We frequently do our own (I'm sure you've seen the "Pizza Port 70" posts) and just skip the part into SD. I don't think the route is particularly fun on the Amtrak after you get up Torrey Pines.

I think there's one down by you called Taste the coast that's basically 2 50 mile loops and reasonably flat.
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Last I looked Amtrak wasn't fully sold out, but registration's been open for about 10 days now. The ride/train combo typically sells out first due to the passenger limit on the train. Being from San Diego and can arrange a ride up to Irvine, you don't need to take the train back (although you'll miss the party in car 11!).
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Centuries have been fun for me. Even the 150 mile ride I did a few weeks ago was great fun in spite of terrible weather.
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