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    Ever have one of "THOSE" rides ?

    I know everyone has had one, I talking about one of " THOSE" rides when everything goes wrong. I was thinking every could share their experiences here about them. Today was my day and I just don't want to feel lonely about having one. I guess I'll start with mine, since it was my idea. Today looked promising, the weather forecast was decent, and I had a couple of recovery days, so I thought that my legs would be up for a good pounding. The planned trip was for 45 miles to get ready for my metric century next weekend. Right off the bat, I knew my legs were still shot from the weight training that I had done this week. Undaunted though, I figured I would push on with what I had. Ten or so miles in, I came up to a stop sign and could not unclip. I ended up falling over on my right side leaving a 6 inch road rash on my mid thigh. I seemed all right, so I kept going. Thirty or so miles in, I stopped at a park to fill up my water bottles. When I got to the fountain, I found out that the water was turned off. I was 15 miles from home and had very little water left. I decided to ration what water I had and get home. With five or six mile left, my legs started to run out of steam big time, so I slowed down to conserve energy for the big hill at the end of the ride. That seemed to work, I had to stand up on part of the hill to make it up, I did not have to get off the bike. The rest of the ride was mostly down hill, so it should have not been a problem. WRONG!!! with 400 yards or so left to go, my left leg cramped up starting at my hip flexor all the way down to the flexor at the back of my knee. At that point I started to pedal with my right leg only while resting my left leg on the pedal. With about 20 yards to go, my right leg was at the edge of cramping, but I finished. I then had to get off the bike to walk it down our gravel road 150 yard.s The walk was painful, but I made it inside where I started to consume lots of water, ate a banana and a little while later a turkey sandwich to refuel. I did get in a nap, so right now I feel better, but am still a little light headed. I know there are worse story out there, so feel free to share yours.

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    For me, I've had two of "THOSE" rides and both were last year. The first/worst one was in July or so. I'd been building up miles pretty nicely, up to over 55 miles for my 'long' trips twice a week. I realised that one route I'd been planning for two years was well in my reach. Even though it was only about 45 miles or so, I decided to do it simply because it had been a goal for so long. I was going to ride a loop to Wik's castle and back. It started out fine and I made decent time, got to to the castle, took a picture of the trike in front of it and started home.

    About 10 miles from home, it happened. I have bad knees and generally they're mostly okay. Some reason that day, my right knee just started _screaming_. Stars in my eyes with every flex. I couldn't even just leave it in the pedal while my left leg did all the work.

    My husband was out of town, so no rescue there. My inlaws and I have a language barrier, so trying to explain to them where I was stuck was out the question. Thankfully, I have a tadpole recumbent trike. I flung my right leg over the fender of the right wheel and very slowly bent it to hang as comfortably as possible and gritted my teeth to push the rest of the way home with my left, trying to avoid hills that might trigger the same problem in that leg. Those last miles home took me a while as I tried to figure out the flattest way. I haven't ridden _that_ loop since.

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    I've had a few but I've always managed to get home. One that sticks out was two years ago on a solo ride. Everything was going fine, no physical problems, bike was working great, had lots of food and water, 120k into a 140k ride. Just 20k to go no thoughts in my mind except how good of a ride I've had, then squishy back wheel, no problem I have spares and frame pump. Get off bike start changing flat and then the mosquitos found me. Oh my God!! I grew up in mosquito and blackfly country in Ontario but I have never has so many bites in my life. It was like I was the only warm blooded creature for 1000k radious, then I notice I'm right beside a swamp. Man I should have just rode the rim a little it was awfull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by youcoming View Post
    Oh and to the OP come on man no leg lifting duriing the season, that's what big ring and hills are for
    Ya, I kind of figured that one out when my leg started cramping yesterday Normally, I would not do any lifting during season, but upon a session with a personal trainer, I took their advice and added it to my routine. It was developed as an on season circuit training routine by a competitive cyclist to help with core strength and losing some weight. I think I will get together with them this week and modify it so I eliminate or lessen the leg portions and keep the upper body and core workout.

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    Hill pumper, sound terrible, do you have problems with cramping?

    I went through a period where my legs would cramp, solution was bananas and potassium supplements (as I suspect you know already, having eaten a banana when you finished your hell ride)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brando_T. View Post
    Hill pumper, sound terrible, do you have problems with cramping?

    I went through a period where my legs would cramp, solution was bananas and potassium supplements (as I suspect you know already, having eaten a banana when you finished your hell ride)
    FYI, many cramps can be eliminated almost immediately with Apple Cider Vinegar. You can get it in tablet form. I carry some tablets with me when I ride longer distances. Bananas alone are not enough for me on hotter days. BTW, I found this out the HARD way, but it mostly occurred after the ride on the way home.

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    Beautiful day for a century ride yesterday: Nice course, well marked, good suppport.

    2 flats: 1 from a sharp rock when I was standing and hammering up a hill. 1 because some rednecks put a bunch of staples and nails (which were painted black, for camoflage) in the road for entertainment.

    Got hit with a 70mph handful of change. Yep. Uncle Grandpa and Toothless Earl have nothing better to do with the welfare money I worked so hard to earn for them than whip it at cyclists from the cab of their pickup truck.
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    I've been thinking of wearing eye protection, when I'm not wearing sunglasses. Not for 70 mph nickels, but more for general dust and road grit.

    I had bought a pair of clear glasses a number of years ago when commuting along a bug-heavy canal path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brando_T. View Post
    I've been thinking of wearing eye protection, when I'm not wearing sunglasses. Not for 70 mph nickels, but more for general dust and road grit.

    I had bought a pair of clear glasses a number of years ago when commuting along a bug-heavy canal path.
    Most of the time, glasses are necessary around here to keep from getting gnats in your eyes. I have Native Nano^2 sunglasses which come with polarized brown, and some funky glare-reducing clear-ish lenses (which work great for rainy dark mornings to cut street reflections). I also have a pair of plain clear, and blue polarized (darker than the brown ones) on order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Beautiful day for a century ride yesterday: Nice course, well marked, good suppport.

    2 flats: 1 from a sharp rock when I was standing and hammering up a hill. 1 because some rednecks put a bunch of staples and nails (which were painted black, for camoflage) in the road for entertainment.

    Got hit with a 70mph handful of change. Yep. Uncle Grandpa and Toothless Earl have nothing better to do with the welfare money I worked so hard to earn for them than whip it at cyclists from the cab of their pickup truck.
    The staples and nails are probably from the same yahoos as the change. If you have a cell phone, snap a picture of the donkey on that pickup and ride over to the local police and file a report. In most places that would be considered Assault with Intent to do Bodily Harm.

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    May last year, remember my wee crash? That was one of "those" ride, I can guarantee you. Fractured the distal end of my collarbone, and 3 weeks later tried to ride a Century on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Tour de Cure. I made 41 miles before I had to quit.
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    Let's see, in 2008 I:

    - ran into a bollard and fell.
    - destroyed a two-month old hand-built rear wheel and put a hole in my panniers.
    - fractured a rib on tour, destroying my helmet, tearing my shorts and gloves, marking up my jersey, and giving me road rash in several places.
    - having a rear wheel blow six spokes while on tour. And have my chain fail as well.
    - riding at dusk and having my headlights fail.
    - bonking a number of times.
    - had to withdraw from a century ride because I was riding a saddle that was a hatchet.

    So, yes, nearly all my riding in 2008 was "one of THOSE rides."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
    I know everyone has had one, I talking about one of " THOSE" rides when everything goes wrong. I was thinking every could share their experiences here about them. Today was my day and I just don't want to feel lonely about having one. I guess I'll start with mine, since it was my idea. Today looked promising, the weather forecast was decent, and I had a couple of recovery days, so I thought that my legs would be up for a good pounding. The planned trip was for 45 miles to get ready for my metric century next weekend. Right off the bat, I knew my legs were still shot from the weight training that I had done this week. Undaunted though, I figured I would push on with what I had. Ten or so miles in, I came up to a stop sign and could not unclip. I ended up falling over on my right side leaving a 6 inch road rash on my mid thigh. I seemed all right, so I kept going. Thirty or so miles in, I stopped at a park to fill up my water bottles. When I got to the fountain, I found out that the water was turned off. I was 15 miles from home and had very little water left. I decided to ration what water I had and get home. With five or six mile left, my legs started to run out of steam big time, so I slowed down to conserve energy for the big hill at the end of the ride. That seemed to work, I had to stand up on part of the hill to make it up, I did not have to get off the bike. The rest of the ride was mostly down hill, so it should have not been a problem. WRONG!!! with 400 yards or so left to go, my left leg cramped up starting at my hip flexor all the way down to the flexor at the back of my knee. At that point I started to pedal with my right leg only while resting my left leg on the pedal. With about 20 yards to go, my right leg was at the edge of cramping, but I finished. I then had to get off the bike to walk it down our gravel road 150 yard.s The walk was painful, but I made it inside where I started to consume lots of water, ate a banana and a little while later a turkey sandwich to refuel. I did get in a nap, so right now I feel better, but am still a little light headed. I know there are worse story out there, so feel free to share yours.
    My one of those rides, was loads of fun, was riding along, the road ends at a path, I cut the path entrance a little short, some Genius had cut a ditch about 20cm deep and 20cm across. Front wheel hit the ditch and stopped, I went over the bars, landed on my face and shoulder. Pulled all the "plugs" on the nerves in my shoulder, I was left with a numbness in two fingers. See my blog entry April 18, 2006 for a better description and pictures! A later entry shows the ditch that I hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
    FYI, many cramps can be eliminated almost immediately with Apple Cider Vinegar. You can get it in tablet form. I carry some tablets with me when I ride longer distances. Bananas alone are not enough for me on hotter days. BTW, I found this out the HARD way, but it mostly occurred after the ride on the way home.
    Good to know!!! This was the first time that I have ever had the cramps, but I will look into carrying some with me. Of course, getting water, more sleep, not working out with weights so much might help too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
    Thirty or so miles in, I stopped at a park to fill up my water bottles. When I got to the fountain, I found out that the water was turned off. I was 15 miles from home and had very little water left.
    I don't know if it was infeasible in your case, but I find it's a good idea to always refill each water bottle as and when they are empty. i.e., I usually ride with 2 or 3 bottles, but I refill the first empty one as soon as I can, even if I still have 1 or 2 full ones. Theres been a few times I would have run out if I hadn't done this.

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    They didn't happen on the same ride, but on 3 successive rides I had a clipped-in-while-stopped fall.

    That wasn't the worst part. The really annoying bit bit is that on each occassion I had an audience of passing drivers and pedestrians, with the usual "are you all right" questions.

    It must look pretty funny from their perspective - seeing 265# of pure Fred clydesdale that looks like a hippo on a bike topple over.
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    I can sympathise, I went out one day just for a quick spin after work. Had nothing to eat for hours and no water with me. I only went out to check if the bike was ok. I did some work on it and then of course being such a nice evening I decided to go a bit further. So i ended up doing 15 miles out and turned around and widn nearly killed me. legs were cramping, couldn't breath, dehydrated etc. etc. If I ever hit the wall it was then! Happens to us all at one stage or another.
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    Mine was a few years ago. The ride had been great for the first 40 miles but with about 5 miles left I just ran out of steam. I could barely get the wheels turning. I notice that on the opposite side of the street is a Jack-In-The-Box right next to a Taco Bell. I decide to get a breakfast jack. By now I'm seeing stars so I walk in to the restaraunt and order a jack and the girl behind the counter says, this is taco bell, jack-in-the-box is nextdoor. Ooops.

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    The really bad ones, are the ones where you go down hard, and get hurt. I remember you talking about that crash, Tom. Ouch.

    I had a frustrating ride this morning. Not as bad as most of the above, but frustrating. I was about 20 miles from home, when I got a front flat. I found 3 holes in the tube, one small puncture and the resulting twin pinch flat holes. That tire does not have that many miles on it though, and is a REAL pain to get back onto the rim.

    While I was almost tearing the skin off of my thumbs and fingers trying to pry tire onto the rim, I dropped one of the tire levers that I was holding under my arm. When I reached down to get it, I stepped onto the end-valve of my frame pump with my metal SPD cleat, and broke it. My wife is out-of-town, and people at work were in a big meeting with a client, so I just had to start walking.

    I ended up walking for about 2.5 hours to the closest bike shop. I did not have a shrader/presta valve adapter, so I could not get air at a gas station. Not one cyclist stopped to ask me if I needed help. I even tried to flag down a couple, but they were having none of it. Maybe they thought I would ask them for money? People used to stop to help each other more often around here. Even last year...

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    It was one of those days when I had a limited time for riding. I had to wait for my mother-in-law to watch the kids. (She was late...) It was hot and windy when I finally got on the road. I felt some drops on my legs. It was windy, and I thought it was from a fountain. About 0.5 miles later, I made a turn and almost fell. I had a leak in my front tire. The moisture was the slime tube. (Yes, I should have checked what was on my leg, but I was focused on climbing a hill into the wind) The tube had stopped leaking, but not before it had coated my bike. It was on my water bottle, my chain, my front brake, and my legs. I pumped the tire up and headed home to clean the bike. It was a 2.5mile day!
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    Well, it looks like my little fall and cramps pale in comparison to some of your guys ordeals. I thought that I would update this. I talked to the trainer, and she agreed that I should drop the leg weight lifting to once a week if I could fit in a day of hills on the bike instead. My injuries are all but gone, my legs healed up, and the bruise that I had on my elbow is barely showing. I did have headaches for a couple of days afterward, but I am not sure that was caused by my fall. Anyway, I did one workout on Monday and took most of the week off to get ready for my metric on Sunday. Today I did 17 miles with some high cadence and everything felt good. So, I think that I am ready for the weekends ride, but I did get some apple cider vinegar tablets just in case of cramps.

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    My worst (most memorable) ride was the first time that I rode the whole Gainesville Hawthorne trail. It is a 16 mile paved out and back trail, so the total trail is around 32 miles. I guess I had been riding for about a year at the time. In that first year I went from barely being able to ride a mile to riding 15 miles a day 5 days a week. Anyway it was one of my goals to ride the WHOLE trail. I parked at the Hawthorne end of the trail and set off towards Gainesville. I was doing great, I got to the gainesville end of the trail even managed the hills at that end pretty well. I was having a great ride and felt great. I started back and hit those same hills. Well I didn't feel as good after I got through them on the way back. But pushed on pretty good for the next 3 miles. I was doing pretty good until I had about 6 miles to go.... Then it just hit me all at ONE time.. I went from doing pretty good to OMG how am i going to make it back to the van?? I just ran out of gas... every half mile or so i had to stop. I was riding so slow.... At one point I called my mom and said "I dont know if i can make it back to the van".. No i'm not a young kid... lol.... just didn't know who else to call lol... A few riders passing by asked if i was ok..... OF COURSE I said "yes just taking a break" ..... LOL .... That was to this day the longest 6 miles I can ever remember riding... I think it took me over an hour to get back to the van. The funny thing is.. Even though I struggled big time and it was hell... I was so proud of myself.. I came home went to my room... turned the air conditioner on and took a nap.... It was a great nap.... Until I woke up screaming... BOTH of my thighs cramped at the same time while I was sleeping. My sister and nephew in the living room thought i was having a heart attack I was screaming so loud. I had NEVER experienced anything like that before... or again to this day (knock on wood). I have ridden the whole trail a hundred times sense then.... But I'll always remember the first time!!

    Flash forward to now.... I all but quit riding for the past 2 years after my Father died and some depression.... <sigh> gained a lot of weight back. I have just come back to the bike forums for some motivation & inspiration. I started riding again a about 10 days ago. What used to be easy a few years ago is back to being hard. So yep.... my goal once again is to ride the whole trail... I've been back on the bike 7 of the past 10 days.... and 4 days in a row now... Right now 17 miles is a long ride.... so I still have some work to do before I try the whole trail again..

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