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Old 12-20-12, 12:34 AM   #1
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anybody else loopy enough to sign up for Strava's 500 km challenge?

http://app.strava.com/challenges/2012-rapha-festive-500

i guess you need to ride 500 km/ 310 miles from Dec. 24 to Dec 31, which APPEARS reasonable... but that's a lot of dang riding in 8 days.

needless to say, i did. :|
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It's not so much that it's a lot of riding in 8 days, it's THOSE 8 days.

These are some of the shortest (light-wise) days of the year, with no fewer than 3 of those days being "special days" as far as social obligations go. I signed up, but I'm leaving for NYE on the 28th, so I doubt I'll manage to get it all in. It doesn't really matter though, two years ago I weighed 440lb - I placed in the top 10% on one of these challenges earlier in the year, that was amazing enough for me.
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Not this guy, busy with my lovely family plus a little chilly out.
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I signed up. But, I haven't been riding as much: broke my frame this past Friday. I've borrowed a friends frame until I can get a new one, but it's not quite put together yet. I've been putting in occasional 1-hour rides on my TT bike just to keep the legs going. So, 310-miles will be harder than it should be.
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its been plain ugly here, highs in the 20s some of this week with lows in the single digits...wind on top of wind. I just am not riding in this...heck I dont want to run in that. My trainer is getting a work out.
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Yeah, I had a conversation with my wife last night about it... I said, "You're OK with that right?" and she said yes, but then the time restrictions started flowing...
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I signed up. But, I haven't been riding as much: broke my frame this past Friday. I've borrowed a friends frame until I can get a new one, but it's not quite put together yet. I've been putting in occasional 1-hour rides on my TT bike just to keep the legs going. So, 310-miles will be harder than it should be.
Hm, broke your frame right in time for Christmas. I'll have to try that next year.
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Nope. Not signing up. Too cold for my lazy, wimpy, spoiled butt. Have a good time, though!
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I actually signed up....**CROSSING** fingers my knee allows me to ride!

I have new cleats for my shoes and will be getting them positioned where my fitting measurements said they should be placed. I am still pissed I couldn't do the last one I signed up for with TH and Ahultin!

I am doubtful that I will be able to get enough miles in considering my knee but I want to try. I am "lucky" to be off during this time so I have all day to ride while hubby is at work...
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I signed up but with projected highs in the upper 30's - low 40's along with rain/snow it's probably not going to happen
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its been plain ugly here, highs in the 20s some of this week with lows in the single digits...wind on top of wind. I just am not riding in this...heck I dont want to run in that. My trainer is getting a work out.
You better start running. I did that deal last Sunday to prod you along and VA beach is soon upon you
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http://app.strava.com/challenges/2012-rapha-festive-500

i guess you need to ride 500 km/ 310 miles from Dec. 24 to Dec 31, which APPEARS reasonable... but that's a lot of dang riding in 8 days.

needless to say, i did. :|
It might be reasonable where you live. Me, OTOH----I haven't been able to get in 5 consecutive days since Halloween, with the weather we've been having here.

Cold doesn't bother me. Cold and rain, yeah, that bothers me. Rain, and temps near freezing, and black ice resulting, that REALLY bothers me.
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I signed up. But, I haven't been riding as much: broke my frame this past Friday. I've borrowed a friends frame until I can get a new one, but it's not quite put together yet. I've been putting in occasional 1-hour rides on my TT bike just to keep the legs going. So, 310-miles will be harder than it should be.
Lot of that going around lately. Except that I don't have friends with spare frames lying around, so I'm waiting on warranty replacement. What I have is a spare bike. An old spare bike. That weighs about 30 lbs, and has 27 x 1-1/4" tires, friction shifting, a standard double up front and an old 6 speed freewheel with a humungous gap in the mid range. I look at it as building character and earning HTFU points.
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You guys living in black ice areas... I wouldn't do it either. I rode my road bike in the snow once. I think I made it about 100 yards before walking home.

As for frames, c'mon! You're clearly living in violation of N+1. My wife keeps hounding me to sell my old frame & my old Bianchi but I just can't bring myself to do it yet. I even built a shed in the backyard to store them.
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Lot of that going around lately. Except that I don't have friends with spare frames lying around, so I'm waiting on warranty replacement. What I have is a spare bike. An old spare bike. That weighs about 30 lbs, and has 27 x 1-1/4" tires, friction shifting, a standard double up front and an old 6 speed freewheel with a humungous gap in the mid range. I look at it as building character and earning HTFU points.
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Hm, broke your frame right in time for Christmas. I'll have to try that next year.
Even better: with 3-weeks to go, I was ~700 miles shy of 10,000 for the year (easily do-able). Now I have 10 days left and about 540 miles to go. Still do-able, but a wee bit tighter.
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they should go by hours instead of miles goals....I plan to be on my MTB more next week then the roadie.
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I almost feel as though I'm cheating. I'm signing up. But, my wife suggested that we use the holiday period to visit her folks outside of Melbourne. She loves them, but, they drive her crazy. So, she suggested that we take our bikes and go ride the Great Ocean Road for a couple of days as a way to get out of the house. Then a couple of our friends asked if they could join us and the trip has grown to include Phillip Island, with her folks driving the luggage hauler. Talk about the ultimate in CC touring.

I think I'll be o.k.:-)
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Not going to happen for me. I've got the 25th off from work, and that's it. 100km/day on consecutive workdays? Just not happening.
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With the holidays and the awful weather we've been having I'll be lucky to get 100km next week.
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Hey TH want to meet up for a ride on one of the days?
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I reckon so! I imagine I'll be spending a lot of time on SGRT in the interest of getting flat miles in. Let's shoot for Wednesday or Thursday, we can just meet somewhere on the trail. I think we're dragging the kids to San Diego on Friday and not sure about next weekend yet.
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Perfect...Wed or Thur works for me too. I am also going to aim for flat miles as want to be careful with knee.
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http://app.strava.com/activities/34098505

Rode today and determined that I needed to get 46 miles per ride in each day from today thru Monday. Very doable....So I geared up and knowing it was cold, I layered...Left the house and it was COLD (yes, I know cold to us in So Cal is rather balmy to some of you)...but it was windy too...not helpful. I get out of the neighborhood and my hands are cold...I'm not feeling comfortable....so I start to tell myself...I will just go a short ride and make up for the miles in a later ride. But thankfully the SUN chose that time to shine some warmth on me and I decided to HTFU and DO IT.

I had told TH my planned route just in case we run into each other (he was starting in the OC). I got a later start than planned because I just didn't want to ride in the cold and it had POURED RAIN early this morning which didn't exactly make wanting to ride any better.

Heading south on SGRT you can see the water level is higher than normal due to the rain;



Some birds enjoying the water and sunshine....this is where the "river" gets to be more like a real river...with dirt and rocks etc.



Heading south toward Sunset Beach on PCH:


Huntington Beach is beautiful today:


So I reach SART (rode by the restroom building near the entrance and not a SOUL was about....**no Mr. Beans**) and headed up SART to reach my mileage point of 23 miles before I turn around and head back home.



So am nearing 22.5 miles and I see a rider coming toward me...and the closer he gets...I think..."hey he looks like TH but can't be him as he was getting an early start"...and as I passed him and he passed me...we both realized "Hey! It IS you!"...I stopped and turned around and ended up with a ride partner for the ride back. It was WINDY and the ride back up PCH sucked...but at least I wasn't suffering alone.

We parted ways at Del Amo and SGRT. Hope the rest of TH's ride was good.
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Ha! It was good until I turned around... That ride back north on PCH officially qualifies as a "slog". Very, very windy today.

By the way, those picnic benches you shot in HB are where I changed flat #2 on Monday.

As soon as you left at Del Amo, it got windy again (or so I thought). I originally intended to go all the way up to Encanto Park, turn around and head home, which would have been 80 miles for the day but... I got to the 10 and the bike path was completely flooded in the underpass. The water was probably about a foot deep and I had no intentions of trying to ride through it so I turned around and learned what wind really is. Made it home in one piece and now I have to take the kids to Target to spend their Christmas money - apparently it's burning a hole in their respective pockets.
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