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Old 11-11-09, 08:23 AM   #1
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Here it comes! The Horrible Hundred...

So its this Sunday! This will be my first event that is not flat! I have been training though. I know sugar loaf is gonna suck! I drove it in my car a few weeks ago!!! Well any way we have 5 going from my team at work! Who from here is going?

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Have fun. Are you doing the 100 mile route?
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Potentially. Everyone on the team has registered for the 70 and wants to do the 70 but i want to do the 100 but will ride with the group!
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I found a 2004 elevation profile of the ride and figure this year's isn't much different. Looks like 3700' of total elevation gain and nothing over about 250' - 300' of climbing in a single stretch.

You'll do just fine on this ride! Take lots of pix.

In the PNW, we call an elevation profile like that "flat". What would make a FLA ride tough for me would be the temperature and humidity. It's November and you're going to be near 80F! That's a deadly summer heatwave for us from the land of liquid sunshine.
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This is my first Horrible Hundred. I'm registered for 100 mile route. I rode the Hilly Hundred, Santa Fe Century and Horse Farm Hundred. Sugarloaf is going to kick my butt.
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I found a 2004 elevation profile of the ride and figure this year's isn't much different. Looks like 3700' of total elevation gain and nothing over about 250' - 300' of climbing in a single stretch.

You'll do just fine on this ride! Take lots of pix.

In the PNW, we call an elevation profile like that "flat".

Yeah, profile is that of the "flat fun rides" around here! All you have to do is ease the pace after a climb till you recover. Eat something right after the climb, hopefully a rest stop is placed at the top of the climbs. Eat something, drink something, ease the pace then pick it back up when you are ready.

So what if it's a group ride. Just think! You will "BE DA MAN" when you allow the women and children to head back while you continue on alone!...Which I doubt you will be alone when the others decide they aren't going to let you "BE DA MAN" without them! If you do end up being the only one, jump on the back of a paceline and draft in the rest of the 100!

If you choose the 100. MAKE SURE YOU EAT SOMETHING AT MILE 60-70, it makes a HUGE difference! Not talking about a powerbar, I'm tlaking about something solid, a sandwich type. You will be riding at mile 90 like you were at mile 30, trust me!...This is the mistake too many riders make, not eating.
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Do you recommend the saturday warm-up ride for someone registered for the hundred?
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Do you recommend the saturday warm-up ride for someone registered for the hundred?
I don't plan on riding at all after Thursday night to recover. I am destroying the bridges here this week.
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I found a 2004 elevation profile of the ride and figure this year's isn't much different. Looks like 3700' of total elevation gain and nothing over about 250' - 300' of climbing in a single stretch.

You'll do just fine on this ride! Take lots of pix.

In the PNW, we call an elevation profile like that "flat". What would make a FLA ride tough for me would be the temperature and humidity. It's November and you're going to be near 80F! That's a deadly summer heatwave for us from the land of liquid sunshine.
Yeah so ummm that sucks!!! Flat huh! Hmm yeah anyway i rode in a 70 mile ride a few months ago where the temps were in the upper 90's
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Yeah, profile is that of the "flat fun rides" around here! All you have to do is ease the pace after a climb till you recover. Eat something right after the climb, hopefully a rest stop is placed at the top of the climbs. Eat something, drink something, ease the pace then pick it back up when you are ready.

So what if it's a group ride. Just think! You will "BE DA MAN" when you allow the women and children to head back while you continue on alone!...Which I doubt you will be alone when the others decide they aren't going to let you "BE DA MAN" without them! If you do end up being the only one, jump on the back of a paceline and draft in the rest of the 100!

If you choose the 100. MAKE SURE YOU EAT SOMETHING AT MILE 60-70, it makes a HUGE difference! Not talking about a powerbar, I'm tlaking about something solid, a sandwich type. You will be riding at mile 90 like you were at mile 30, trust me!...This is the mistake too many riders make, not eating.
That is kinda what i was planning on doing anyway just kinda making them. I will need to eat for sure! I hope they have a real food rest stop...
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Yeah so ummm that sucks!!! Flat huh! Hmm yeah anyway i rode in a 70 mile ride a few months ago where the temps were in the upper 90's
Ack! It was like that last year during the STP double. Mid 90s, and I kept filling my jersey pockets with ice from the drink coolers just to keep from overheating.
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You can certainly do a easy 20mile spin on Saturday. It won't hurt. Just keep your legs loose.

Hills are relative, for Florida it's pretty hilly.
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Ack! It was like that last year during the STP double. Mid 90s, and I kept filling my jersey pockets with ice from the drink coolers just to keep from overheating.
Mid 90's is getting pretty darned hot for you guys up there in the great wet north.
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I found this mapmyride route map.
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I so wish I could make it to that ride. Already have it scheduled for next year though.

If things go as planned, it will be my fourth century of the year.
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I found this mapmyride route map.
Here is the 100 miles profile
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That profile looks pretty bad but they often do until you look at the scale. Since the biggest climb is less than 200ft it looks like a lot of rollers. Should be a fun ride. Enjoy it!
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You can certainly do a easy 20mile spin on Saturday. It won't hurt. Just keep your legs loose.

Hills are relative, for Florida it's pretty hilly.
I was going to do the 40-mile warmup ride on Saturday which does include Sugarloaf. I should be okay since I rode the back-to-back hilly centuries in Gainesville 2 weeks ago.
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No worries then. Piece of cake.
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Yeah, profile is that of the "flat fun rides" around here!
Around here too... the TDC riders say my area around lake superior is worse for climbing than the rockies.
I never thought that way was so bad(never tried) but I guess I know where to go to train for hills.

would a ride like the horrible hundred be better or worse without the long descents?
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would a ride like the horrible hundred be better or worse without the long descents?
That all depends on the rider. Everyone has their preference. I like long long climbs without a descent. Long climbs allow me to find my groove. Long descents, eventhough one should keep the legs spinning, allows the legs to cool down. When it's time to climb again, OUCH! It's like starting over.

Others might only do the climb for the descent!

As far as being more difficult? I couldn't say cause I'd train for the terrain of the ride.
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That is kinda what i was planning on doing anyway just kinda making them. I will need to eat for sure! I hope they have a real food rest stop...
It would be nice if the stop has good food but DON'T DEPEND ON IT! Too many riders make that mistake. I know I have!:mad..We did a century onour tandem a few years back. Maybe 50 century ridrs and 200 25 and 50 mile riders. Final rest stop didn't have squat! We managed to make our way in only to find the short distance riders ATE EVERY FRIGGIN' THING IN SIGHT!!!!! Our postmeal ride went from a chicken dinner to M&M's. Not even peanut!

Best to take along a few bucks just in case. A stop at the local Subway sandwich shop or even a big blueberry muffin or two from 7-11 is better than nothing! One century I ate 2 Quarter Pounders at mile 70, man I did great after that!
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