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    Indy Tour de Cure this weekend

    The Indianapolis edition of this year's TdC is coming up this Saturday and I have to say I'm a little nervous. I rode it last year, and made a metric century out of my laps at the track, and it went well, though I was ready to quit about 3 laps before I finally pulled off. But that was just me, riding on my own, at my own pace, for about 2/3 of the time, and the rest of the time in a couple of modest (18-19 mph) pacelines. This year, though, I've joined the local shop club/team and they make each TdC into an all-out assault on a sub-4 hour imperial century. There is talk of a B/C subgroup forming within the team, which I find reassuring, but I don't know how large it will be, and whether I'm good for a full century even at their slower pace, which will probably be in the 19-20 mph range. The big question for me is how long they want to hold the whole group together for sponsor exposure before splitting in two. I suspect that 3 or 4 2.5-mile laps spent at 25 mph will pretty much cook my legs for the rest of the endeavor.

    Oh well - I'll do the best I can. That's all I can do. Wish me luck. At least the weather looks great, if warm by the end of the event (forecast high is currently pegged at 87).
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    I've been wondering about this...what's it like riding on that huge track? Boring?

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    I thought it would be boring last year, but was surprised to find it wasn't. The novelty wears off pretty quickly, but there are enough riders around you that you need to keep your focus, which keeps your mind occupied and not wandering. And 2.5 miles roll by pretty quickly, giving you a good sense for how fast the miles are ticking by.
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    Good luck. I guess you just need to figure out if you want to keep up with the big/fast group or do the distance. It doesn't sound like the two will go well together.

    However you conquer it, I'm looking forward to your recap. Enjoy!
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    Have a great ride. Congrats on your fundraising achieved.


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    CraigB --

    Mrs. Zoxe and I will be there, making this our 4th time to the track for this event. Last year we called it a short day at ~35mi and spent some time with her folks instead of making them sit and watch us run laps. The two years prior we put down 50-55mi at a leisurely pace.

    Holler at me if you see a larger guy on a steel frame Bianchi. Blue frame and blue tires. And probably last year's TdC jersey. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to cut out on my own for speed/distance or hang back with the inlaws (both are riding this year, but they're not bikers; he's diabetic and it's a good cause). In the end I'll probably mix and match my tempo depending who's on the course from our family group.

    CraigB's right, the course loses its novelty after the first couple laps ... but it's still fun. It's butter smooth and there's generally something to watch and people to talk to. Our group will probably scatter for at least several laps but we'll be able to regroup without too much fuss thanks to the circular course (where if you get "dropped" it just means you wait for everyone to come back around).

    The weather this year looks good (if hot) but I'd rather have that than the 50's and drizzle we had 2 years ago. That same day we ended up with some wind on the back stretch around lunch.... That meant the run down the front and into turn 1 was a blast but you paid for it soon enough.

    Oh, and the local club/shop group that CraigB mentions are something special to witness first hand. I'm no speedy mcspeed, but I hung with their line for 3/4 of a lap last year to see what I could do, and it made my day.

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    I'll keep an eye out for the Bianchi, Zoxe, at least to the extent I can while keeping focused on the paceline. One thing about the ride, if you're taking it at a casual pace, you have lots of opportunities to look around and enjoy the surroundings, and you see a huge variety of people and bikes, all of whom/which are interesting. The sheer numbers mean there's a lot to see, though you still need to pay close attention, especially to those around you. I narrowly missed a swerving youngster coming out of pit row last year, and saw 2 minor crashes, plus late in the day the aftermath of one large crash between turns 1 and 2.
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    Good luck! I'm riding in the TdC here in CT on Sunday, as a Red Rider, going for the full century! Longest ride to date is a metric century, with almost 2x the vertical climbing than the TdC century has here in CT and I felt really good after that ride. I plan on doing some 20 something milers today, tomorrow, take Friday off, and then a short <10 mile spin on Saturday....
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    Good luck with your ride, Fishrising! Sounds like you're well prepared.
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    Sounds like it might be fun just to ride on butter smooth roads... 25 mph laps would be exhausting and not after too long, gadzooks!

    Good luck and have fun.

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    I just rode in our local T D C. It was a great time. Good Luck to all of you!! Go Red Riders!!

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    Just got home from the ride. I bagged it at 75 miles - I just had nothing left for another 25, either in my legs or just systemically - I was just plain gassed. 3 other TNR riders and I did a moderate paceline from the very beginning and let the big dogs run off on their own. I started third in our line, and we each took 2-lap pulls, and by the time I did my share and pulled off to the side after lap 6, our little line had grown to about 25 people. Shortly after that we split it into two lines side by side, and we stuck together pretty well until I lost them at about mile 44. The rest was mostly done on my own, with occasional hangers-on, until coming out of my last SAG stop I saw 2 of our original group go by, so I got back on with them for the last couple of laps. Turns out they were only one lap farther along than I was, so even having taken rest stops at 30, 50, 60 and 70 miles, I wasn't as far off their pace as I thought I was. We also had a pretty good wind out of the southwest, making the short straight between turns 3 and 4 moderately brutal, as well as on the home stretch, at least toward the end.

    My final numbers were 75.65 miles, 3:54:25, average moving speed of 19.4, max 26.6. Surprisingly, Garmin shows a corrected elevation gain of 352 feet, all in little regular intervals that I can only assume are the very slight rises going into the banked turns (our pacelines were encouraged to stay to the right, where the elevation changes are the most pronounced). There would have been 120 of them during the course of my ride.
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    I thought the ride was tomorrow. I doubt I could keep that pace up for 10 miles, let alone 75. Seems like someboby was pretty happy with 18 ish for 27 miles last fall. Rocky got sick (stomach flu ?) after last Sunday's ride so we're cutting back to 40 tomorrow. Somehow with a week's rest I'll bet he'll be up for longer than that. I'm thinking a metric for me.

    Great job!!! Looking forward to holding you back on our next ride.

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    Thanks, Jethro.

    I forgot to mention, I met Zoxe and Mrs. Zoxe at a SAG stop about 10 miles from the end. Very nice people (and he has a real nice looking Bianchi, even if it isn't Celeste ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post

    My final numbers were 75.65 miles, 3:54:25, average moving speed of 19.4, max 26.6.
    Nice job. I think it would be interesting to ride that kind of course but not for that many miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Thanks, Jethro.

    I forgot to mention, I met Zoxe and Mrs. Zoxe at a SAG stop about 10 miles from the end. Very nice people (and he has a real nice looking Bianchi, even if it isn't Celeste ).
    Hah, thanks! I'd seen you earlier in the ride and wondered if you were you, but am glad we met up and shook hands. I looked for 10Wheels too, who we've seen the last 3 years there, but honestly haven't been following BF.net closely enough to know what he's up to.

    Just home and showered. Weather today made for a great day at the track, even if it was a little windy on Turn #4 at the end. I'm glad we wore sunscreen and reapplied midmorning.

    I put down my first metric century and finished at 65.5mi. (woot!) Mrs. Zoxe did a respectable 50mi on her Raleigh comfort bike. The inlaws did something around 17.5mi, which isn't bad for non-bikers out for a joyride.

    I did the first lap with the family, then chased down what I thought was an 18mph paceline. Stayed with them for ~20mi, and as the line gained size it also gained speed. When I got out, it was a 23mph line, which was probably a mistake on my part (too fast for my legs). I rode mostly solo for the next ~20mi at 17-18mph (with the odd half lap with Mrs. Zoxe when I'd catch her at a rest stop), and then finished the last 25 with Mrs. Zoxe a a much more leisurely pace, chatting and watching the the parade of riders go by.

    This is the first event I've been in where my cardio / heartrate wasn't the limiting factor. So I guess my off season of swimming 3-4 nights a week paid off. It is, however, the first event I've done where I shredded my legs. I'll be sore tomorrow. My own fault, live and learn.

    This ride report was brought to you by the makers of Butt'r, Shotbloks, and Orange G2.

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    I second the orange G2. Mine was supplemented by bananas, Clif Bars and some orange Honey Stinger Chews. And a lot of water.
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    102 km Today. 3 mph faster moving speed and very limited breaks. (unlike last year.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    102 km Today. 3 mph faster moving speed and very limited breaks. (unlike last year.)
    Great! That is a substantial improvement. I am always thrilled when I see those of us in our 50s or older get better and better at cycling. I think that I am about a year behind you. It would be cool if I was a couple of mph's faster next year.

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    Completed my fourth one on The Indy Track.



    Never boring if you talk with the other 1700 riders.



    I rode with three friends and also made some new ones durning the ride.

    BF Member Daddy:



    My friends from Houston, Bill and Georgia.




    Bill is 79 years old and took a Victory Lap after his 100 mile ride.



    102.5 miles for me.
    The track was not smooth as in the past. Had many groves that effected my wheels and many bumps.

    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    She was riding 100 miles for her Diabetic Father:



    I saw her struggling on the front stretch. Asked her how far she had to go. 5 Laps, she said as she smiled.

    I told her that I had 4 laps left and asked to draft on me. She said she had never done that before. I told her how drafting works and she got behind me for 4 laps.

    We talked as we rode. She came with Only 70 training miles on her legs. 2 rides @30 miles and 1 # 10 miles. She came to the track alone. She was married for now 16 years.

    Finished my 100 miles and waited for Ed to come by for some pics.

    She rode the last one by herself, her husband was waiting to get her pic at the finish line.

    She suprised me with a hug and a big thank you nad said she would come back next year.





    Never Boring when you can make New Friends on a bike ride. Try It.
    Ed and I after the very hard and hot ride.

    Last edited by 10 Wheels; 06-10-12 at 04:39 PM.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Sorry to have missed Zoxe and Craig

    Some pics:

    Big Track:

    Could be she got your pic?

    I got hers while riding passed.











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    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Nice pics, 10.

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    The pics take alot of work.
    The track has a new rule: No pics to be taken while riding from a bike.

    I wait for 50 or so miles before shooting from the bike.
    The past two years they had paceline crashes from riders trying to snap pics from the paceline.













    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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