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Old 05-19-08, 11:23 AM   #1
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Holy Canoli - Clyde does 146 miles! Ride Report

Started off from Penn Station at 4 AM. Unfortunately as soon as I was on the road my right knee started hurting a little bit above and below the kneecap. I haven't had knee pain since I started riding so that was an unwelcomed beginning. I had a pretty good pace going, around 17-19 mph or so.

Stopped at the first rest stop to pee and grab a few cookies, then back on the road. Cparekh and BrooklynRider were going to kick off from Babylon at around 7 - it was 5:50 when I left the rest stop. So now I started hammering trying to get to Babylon. Almost made it - got there two minutes after they left (7:18ish). Stretched for a minute and back on the road, now hammering at 80% to try to meet them at the next rest stop since the thought of riding with a 15 mph group sounded great for the whole ride out.

By now my knee was really hurting and in my mind I was just hoping I could make it to 100 though I had my doubts. Got there and met them and Jerry. BrooklynRider had some Advil which totally saved me, after about 20 mins it felt tons better. We left soon after so at this point between the three rest stops I stopped for under 20 mins for 65 miles - for me that's very minimal. I started feeling it a little when we had a 18 mph pace going - 14.9 my ass! Surprisingly I was able to hang, at a quick stop BrooklynRider showed me some stretches that also helped.

Another weird pain crept up around this point - on my left side about even with my bellybutton if I pushed it in. Not sure what it is, doesn't feel like a strained muscle but something hurts there and I never experienced it before. Still there today. Dr. appointment tomorrow.

We picked up other riders along the way (Tracy, Chad and a few other Teams in Training) and had a nice friendly group. I hung with BR for most of it, showed me how to ride in a pace line and a few other tips and tricks that really helped. After the West Hampton rest stop the group started hammering down Dune Rd, after 90 miles I couldn't keep up the pace and dropped back with BrooklynRider. Great conversations along the way, beautiful scenery. I hit my century mark (second one ever) going up the bridge at the end of Dune Rd - for some reason it looked smaller than last year, time was about 6:55 which was 25 mins faster than last year (can thank riding with the group for that!).

We caught up to cparekh and Jerry at the second to last rest stop and struck a mostly easy pace for the last 30 miles. Along that straight stretch along 27 Jerry went to pull off the side of the road but hit the sand and endo'd - after the initial shock it was pretty funny since he landed so gracefully into a huge pile of sand.

Started the rain for about the last 10 miles but boy did that feel good. At the beginning of the rolling hills I needed an extra rest but then was able to hammer down which got me through the end. I really didn't eat enough on the trip and was really looking forward to some food that wasn't there. I was trying to hold a cup and kept spilling it until Jerry stuck a hot dog bun in my mouth, I must of seemed pretty unsteady!

We had a fun group on the train ride back - ran into Mr. Crassic who hung with us until the rest of the group left at Babylon and then we hung out until Penn Station, grabbed some slices and then was the last to get our bikes off (so no waiting but a brief moment of panic when it seemed that the truck was closing up). Someone (can't remember his name but sat with us at first and then left) left his bag and helmet on the train - we grabbed it and then ran into him as he was leaving so that was the good deed of the day.

Can't thank BrooklynRider, cparekh and Jerry enough for all their help and encouragement along the way. The fact that I was able to sorta keep up (and hopefully not slow them down too much) and almost catch up to them at the 100 mile start were bigger accomplishments for me than the 145 miles. That and they called me a Fred. Thanks guys!!

Final average - 14.6 which for me is the highest average of any ride (since I constantly have to stop in traffic my averages never get above 12 or so).

Calories burned - 9435

Ass on saddle time - 10 hours, 10 mins.

Total time my gps was on from Penn Station to Montauk - 13 hours.

Good points:
- Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous weather. I even enjoyed the rain for the last bit but may not have if it was that way the whole time. I do well in cooler air so when everyone was putting on jackets I was getting my second (4th? 9th?) wind.

- The cheesecake at Corey Beach was a nice change, one slice gave me lots to use since the other food was pretty meh.

- Strawberries - saved both me and BrooklynRider when we were both starting to bonk near the Water Mill rest stop. So much better than oranges and bananas.

Bad points:
- Were there any markings? They were really hard to see, really small, and many times (earlier on) under parked cars. Seriously there were markings in parking spots - who thought that would be a good place?

- No ****ing food at the end. For a group that's done this as long as they have that was inexcusable especially since we got there with plenty of time before the last train. Most of the people on the train didn't eat or just had one plate - I burned over 9,000 calories yesterday and I was able to munch on some hot dog buns, chips, and salad. Oh boy.

That last one pissed me off enough that I'm not sure I want to do the 5BBC version again compared to what Glen's put into his ride. I may feel differently but that was a huge downer.
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Old 05-19-08, 11:43 AM   #2
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Wow, super congrats to you! Sounds like fun.
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Sounds like a heck of a ride and right up there with my personal best.
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I was thinking of you Tom - I said there was no way I'm ever going to think about breaking Tom's record

Actually if my knee and side didn't hurt for unknown reasons I'd change that...but I think I need to get my speed up first.
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All you needed was another 21 miles to tie me. 22 to beat me.

Of course, if my hip and shoulder cooperate, I'll be setting the bar just a leeeeeeeeetle bit higher if I pull off the sub 18 hour 311 mile ride I'm setting up to try.
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Yeah...that one's all you!
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Nice work! Sounds like it was (save for the missing street markings) a really good ride. I love seeing all the long distance ride reports from the Clydes and Athenas.

I did 108.44 this weekend, and one of the guys I rode with for a while (another Clyde), was wearing his PBP 2K7 jersey. <-- Talk about some crazy distance!
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Sounds like a strained abdominal muscle. Fairly common with Clyde's and really long rides. Are you doing any core exercises? If not, once the pain quits, start doing some crunches and sitbacks. That will help with that problem.
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Sounds like a strained abdominal muscle. Fairly common with Clyde's and really long rides.
I bet you're right. I do core exercises, and my abs are a bit sore after this weekend.
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That sounds like it was quite the good time. It almost makes me want to make the trip to LI next May.
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Great work Air, to bad they fed you vegetarian hotdogs at the end. If nothing else you still have the experience and a personal record from it.
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Thanks all!

Strained abdominal - I thought it was that but I can't seem to stretch it so it hurts, only when I push in. Not even on deep breathes. I'm slightly worried that the appendix is on the left side.

Food - did not do a good job with that this time around. I started off strong (two cheeseburgers gave me plenty of fuel for the first 65 miles) but the rest stops had some crappy stuff that I knew wouldn't do well with my stomach. At the second to last rest stop I looked down and noticed my black shirt was white - ate a few bags of chips to replenish the salt and boy did I feel better (plus the strawberries). There was supposed to be pasta, burgers, and hot dogs but they ran out - pathetic.

One thing I added above - I was voted a Fred by some serious roadies. That was really cool
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Awesome job Air, and love the ride report!

Likewise, great job to CliftonGK1 as well!
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Another Air?!

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One thing I added above - I was voted a Fred by some serious roadies. That was really cool
Is this a good thing

From Wikipedia - fred

PS: Thanks for sharing your day's events, and agree a very good job, and understand your disappoinment regarding support stops.
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The guys I was with used it in the UK form

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In the UK the earlier usage is more common—used by 'serious' roadies to refer to (often) bearded, sandal wearing, touring cyclists[citation needed]. The rare female Fred is a Doris.

This usage still survives in the US - David Bernstein, presenter of The FredCast says the term is "used by 'serious' roadies to disparage utility cyclists and touring riders, especially after these totally unfashionable 'freds' drop the 'serious' roadies on hills because the 'serious' guys were really posers." Mostly, though, a Fred dreams of being able to drop a real cyclist because their equipment is nicer.
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Unbelievable! What an achievement. Congrats. When are you going to do your next century?
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The groups I rode with were mostly on some serious high-carbon diets. Full CF rides, lightweight low-spoke count wheels, and little teeny tiny seat wedges. Everything else was jammed into their jersey pockets (which looks really uncomfortable.)

I was rolling on my big steel Surly with a rack-mounted handlebar bag, full fenders, mudflaps, and 28mm tires. At least one guy was super appreciative of my Fred-ness when I let him have some extra spf 50 sunblock at the 53 mile rest stop. (Yeah, I brought an entire tube of sunblock.)
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Unbelievable! What an achievement. Congrats. When are you going to do your next century?
I'm doing my next one on Monday... but I only did 3/4 the mileage that Air did this weekend.
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There's another Montauk ride planned for June 21st. I'm not sure if I want to do the whole 145 yet - want to see what the good doc says about this knee pain. Don't want to eff something up and not be able to ride for the rest of the summer.

Looking at the bottom of my shoes (the edge of the pedal wore a whole in the middle of the shoe) I think I may get those knee saver extensions which may also help and may think about toe clips too - from what they were saying it should help though my wide feet will make that a little more difficult. We'll see.
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Wow, that's a loooong ways. Good job! What bike did you ride? and what saddle?

I hate rides thatt don't plan for the long D riders. We did a ride once where most of the riders did 50. We did 100 on the tandem. When we returned the only thing left to eat was M&M's,.....not even peanut!
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