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Old 05-26-10, 11:27 PM   #1
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What 100 Miles of Nowhere Looks Like

I might be a little too proud of myself on this one, but that rarely stops an internet post

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I rode the Fat Cyclist 100 Miles of Nowhere as part of our Livestrong fundraising efforts. A year ago I could barely ride 8 miles down this same super-flat trail (Burke-Gilman in Seattle). Now I can tear off a century on it, well on a 1.15 mile section of it anyway (and on hillier things too). This is definitely among the more ridiculous stupid human tricks I've done. Video is only about 3 minutes, enjoy! By the way, this was my pal's first century. She may not be my pal anymore.

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Old 05-26-10, 11:49 PM   #2
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100 miles of back and forth on a 1.15 mile track? You must be nuts. Flat terrain is boring enough as it is.

Anyways, congrats. Centuries (no matter how boring) are always an accomplishment.
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+1 that you must be nuts to go 100 miles back and forth on a 1.15m track. But, good job for you and the friend!

Great video, but I must say that being from Texas, I prefer the Brian Burns Texas version.

Someone needs to alert Beanz that there there is a new standard in ride videos. We won't be happy with just video any more, we need edited music videos.
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Wow! I'm not sure which would be more boring, doing what you did or doing a century on a trainer... Good for you. Hope you didn't loose your friend.
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I saw this from Fatty's links! Great work! I'll be doing it next year
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Why the F would you do this? I mean seriously, why? When there are hundreds of miles of road to ride, enjoy, take in the scenery?
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Why the F would you do this? I mean seriously, why? When there are hundreds of miles of road to ride, enjoy, take in the scenery?
Probably to draw attention.

That said, it's too much like being a hamster on a wheel for me.
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Nice place to ride. I would do it.
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Someone needs to alert Beanz that there there is a new standard in ride videos. We won't be happy with just video any more, we need edited music videos.
Uhh, maybe I'm missing something but 46 of my 49 ride videos have music, some have interviews, some music with talking, some talking without music, music only, captions, pictures, If I've missed something, feel free to point it out!
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If you did a 1.15 mile section enough times to get to 100 miles that is more a mental feat than a physical one. But either way congratulations.
Now that you have proved you can do a ton, make the next one a little more mentally enjoyable.
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Wow! I'm not sure which would be more boring, doing what you did or doing a century on a trainer... Good for you. Hope you didn't loose your friend.
The 100 Miles of Nowehere ride is meant to be obscenely ridiculous and draw a little attention to raising money to fight cancer (shameless plug: check out the link to my Livestrong page below to get homemade cookies, a workout CD, and a chance to win a four-course gourmet meal cooked in your home or mine!). Many people do it on a trainer with movies. One dude did it in a cul-de-sac last year. It was nice weather out, first decent weekend in Seattle this spring actually, so there was plenty to see. And usually you only get a passing glimpse of hotness on the trails, but for 100 MON if you hustled through the lap, you could get another view! If I do it again though, I'm doing it in front of the tv.

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Uhh, maybe I'm missing something but 46 of my 49 ride videos have music, some have interviews, some music with talking, some talking without music, music only, captions, pictures, If I've missed something, feel free to point it out!
I'm certainly not trying to challenge the inimitable Mr. Beanz! By the way, I take no credit for the production value of the video. Check out Animoto if you ever want to make a slideshow/video. Awesome web tool, only $3 to make a full-length video and have it hosted.
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I'm certainly not trying to challenge the inimitable Mr. Beanz! By the way, I take no credit for the production value of the video. Check out Animoto if you ever want to make a slideshow/video. Awesome web tool, only $3 to make a full-length video and have it hosted.
No challenge taken! Nice video BTW! I like the special effects that look familiar to the windows moviemaker (?). I use a FLip so the special blend effects arent available in the program. That is one thing I wish my Flip had. I could go with other programs but tring to keep it simple rather than using several programs considering I've posted 53 videos this year alone!

I'm just not sure what Hammond meant by "just video, we need edited MUSIC video" as if I just shot and posted muted video....some people do that!
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Great job, Kamala! While not officially registered for the 100 Miles of Nowhere, I will be doing my own version of it in two weeks when I ride 100 miles around the Indy 500 track for the Tour de Cure. That's 40 laps around the Speedway in six hours or less.

If anyone has a couple of bucks to spare to help fight diabetes, I'd appreciate your donation at the link below:
http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Tou...nal&fr_id=6867
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Good luck, russgross. I did that event with Team Stormcrowe two years ago. It was a lot of even, even if 2.5mile laps did get a bit tedious after a while.
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got it. so it's intentionally stupid. I'm all for fundraising, but so many better ways to raise money....
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I'm just not sure what Hammond meant by "just video, we need edited MUSIC video" as if I just shot and posted muted video....some people do that!
Sorry, I didn't mean to offend you, I was just commenting that he had some nice effects on his videos.
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Sorry, I didn't mean to offend you, I was just commenting that he had some nice effects on his videos.
Yeah, he does. Not offended, just thought maybe I was missing something, like music!...Some youtube songs aren't allowed in other countries/regions. I don't know where you are but thought maybe you were blocked from the music.

Windows Movie maker has some nice too, blending screens, high/low level music. THe FLip doesn't allow that. I looked into the moviemaker but it says it's for pre premium 7 home version like my new 'puter....Plus I'm trying to keep it as basic as possible without too much on my system.

I do like the effects though!
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Thanks, Joe! Still considering doing RAIN and the Hilly Hundred as well. Do you do either of those?
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I've done the Hilly Hundred once and I probably won't do it again. That was a personal achievement for me and I'm really not up for two 50-mile days full of hills.

I'm also making the transition into doing just 20-30 mile rides and not constantly pushing myself for more. Always trying to go longer and longer tended to leave me disappointed when I wouldn't make any significant progress. Now, I know that I can do the rides that I set out to do and I have nothing to be disappointed about.
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Kamala warned us over on the PNW forum that he was going to do this, so a couple of us rode over to the Burke-Gilman trail to see for ourselves.

"Intentionally stupid" is a great description of the ride -- Kamala is one seriously disturbed person.

Not sure if the video accurately portrays what a mess the Burke-Gilman trail is like on a nice day -- joggers, baby carriages, walkers, dogs on leashes. There was really no way for him to do this quickly; every mile was a minefield. It would have been easier to do 100 miles to nowhere riding around a parking lot, I'll bet.

Hats off to Kamala for putting it on the line for a good cause.

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He needs to look at MY ride videos.

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I'm just not sure what Hammond meant by "just video, we need edited MUSIC video" as if I just shot and posted muted video....some people do that!
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1.15 miles and you had to do 100 miles of it?

I would loose my sanity after...10 miles of that... So, kudos to you for doing it for a good cause

And what would be the reason for losing your pal?
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Wow. That really is a hell of an accomplishment in so many ways. And just as importantly (to me anyway) you are an absolute ROCKSTAR for doing this as a fundraising effort. Seriously - it's so great to see this.

And it totally inspires me. I'm just now really getting into riding but I'm suddenly now thinking that there is a great part for something like this near me. It's a dead-on 2 mile loop and I may work my way up to doing something just like this as a fundraiser.

On a semi-related note since someone mentioned diabetes. At that very same park I ran into a dude not long after I'd been diagnosed with it who looked like a real lug. Saw him next to a beat-up old Range Rover with "MR DIABETES" plastered all over it. Stopped to talk with him... he'd just finished *walking* around the entire perimeter of the continental U.S. to raise awareness of diabetes. Yes that's right... walking...the perimeter...He clocked just over 10,200 miles on foot. Tell me THAT ain't some serious dedication. Talk about making me feel like a real d-bag for driving the 3 miles down to the grocery store!
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1.15 miles and you had to do 100 miles of it?

I would loose my sanity after...10 miles of that... So, kudos to you for doing it for a good cause

And what would be the reason for losing your pal?
Had to? That would make me less stupid and/or crazy. This was all choice. As for losing my pal? I'm loosely in charge of route selection and what rides we do this year. This was her first century and it was a mentally brutal day. I was mostly joking about that, but she doesn't call it 100 Miles of Nowhere, she calls it 100 Miles of Questionable Judgment :-) But who is crazier? The crazy person or the person who willingly follows them?

I'm very much looking forward to a return to normal centuries.
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So let me be clear in case I cam across all curmudgeonly (not the first time), Congrats on the accomplishment. 100 miles is a 100 miles. Fundraising rocks. I just think yer nuts for making 44 loops of the same mile+

What did lap 38 feel like?
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