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Old 03-30-10, 09:43 AM   #1
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Solvang Double Century

I had planned to start the Solvang Double Century at 6:30am and showed up at the start at 6:15. The tandem team and single rider I rode with at the Camino Real Double were there and they wanted to know if I would like to ride with them, of course I would. Another tandem showed up they knew and off we went. Holy smokes weíre 200 feet out from the start and weíre doing 24 mph. After a few miles we settled down to 22. I was a little worried about the pace but they said they were just trying to get away from the crowd.

Weíre now into the first climb and we havenít let up. I mentioned to the other tandem that weíre hitting this pretty hard and Iím not that great of a climber. They told me I was doing great and we werenít working that hard. Ok, the 2 tandems raced the Furnace Creek 508 and the stoker on one of the tandems is the stoker on a tandem for the RAMM. I have to admit it was fun, we were hauling a**. At mile 50 we made a turn and there was a short climb. I dropped my chain and stopped to put it back on, matter of a few seconds. They were gone, almost. I saw them at the top of the hill so I took off to catch them. After almost 5 miles of completely burying myself I caught them. I was tired and it took me 35 miles to recover or I thought, we never did let up. We were at the turn around at 106 miles with 4,100í climbing in 5:45, Iíve never covered a century that fast. 12 miles later and it was lunch.

By the time we got to lunch I was toast and knew I couldnít keep up this pace. I told the tandems I needed to slow down and they should go on without me. They offered to slow up a little to see if I could recoup, but I told them to go on. After lunch I dialed it way back because I knew 60 miles down the road is a nasty little climb of 3 miles and 900í. By the time I got to the last rest stop, just before the climb, I was feeling much better. I had some cup-of-noodles and a Coke I was now ready for the climb, I hope. I got on the climb and I keep waiting for it to get hard. Wait, Iím almost to the top and I havenít hit the hard parts. Did they lower the hill, took out the hard parts or was I just feeling that good all of a sudden. I donít know, but the hill didnít feel that bad.

Once over the top itís a tough downhill, 2 hairpins at the top with sand in them and then the roughest 3 miles around. On the lower part you have 4 miles of 4% downhill with pretty smooth road, I was back to flying. With one last small hill and then it was on to the finish, a shower and some dinner. I felt very good about the ride even though I had buried myself during the first half. I was able to recover and finish strong.
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It was a beautiful weekend wasn't it! Glad you had a great ride. Too bad you couldn't hang with the tandems on the way back but sometimes discretion is the better part of valor! Been there myself before. I wish I could have been there. My RAAM teammate is riding rather well isn't she? Actually her captain has really improved over the last year as well.
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Jeepers you make it sound easy!

"I was tired and it took me 35 miles to recover" - Im at the stage of needing to recover from 35 miles... ;-)

Congrats!
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It was a beautiful weekend wasn't it! Glad you had a great ride. Too bad you couldn't hang with the tandems on the way back but sometimes discretion is the better part of valor! Been there myself before. I wish I could have been there. My RAAM teammate is riding rather well isn't she? Actually her captain has really improved over the last year as well.
Linda is your teammate? She never seemed to tire. Foster have improved and I think they have got me to improve. I enjoy riding with Foster and Linda, it's just the right type of pushing. Are you doing CCD?
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Jeepers you make it sound easy!

"I was tired and it took me 35 miles to recover" - Im at the stage of needing to recover from 35 miles... ;-)

Congrats!
You can make anything sound easy, it's just like childbirth. It has taken me a long time to get there. Are you having fun doing 35 miles? That's what it's all about having fun riding what ever the distance you ride. Keep up the good work and have fun!
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Linda is your teammate? She never seemed to tire. Foster have improved and I think they have got me to improve. I enjoy riding with Foster and Linda, it's just the right type of pushing. Are you doing CCD?
Yep she is. Not my stoker but on the team. She is a great rider and has the right personality too. Foster has definitely improved! I saw him on the 508 last year and he was riding great. I was planning on doing the CCD but I have commitment with the RAAM team that day but I will be at the Big Sandy stop handing out goodies.
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Yep she is. Not my stoker but on the team. She is a great rider and has the right personality too. Foster has definitely improved! I saw him on the 508 last year and he was riding great. I was planning on doing the CCD but I have commitment with the RAAM team that day but I will be at the Big Sandy stop handing out goodies.
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