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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-01-13, 11:56 AM   #1
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Completed 1st Half Century last weekend...

I finished The Santa Clarita Half Century (http://santaclaritacentury.com/) in 3 hrs and 20 minutes. The mileage wasn't too tough for me as I've done solo training rides between 40-60 miles in the past. The climbing was challenging though as we climbed just over 3,000 feet by the end of the day. We had a pretty strong headwind coming home, but thankfully it was on the downhill portion. Nonetheless, the wind made it necessary to peddle consistently and work hard on the way home. I was hoping to complete it closer to 3 hours, but I'll have to work towards that goal for next year.

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Old 04-01-13, 12:08 PM   #2
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Congrats LD, the winds in that area can be tough!
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Old 04-01-13, 12:10 PM   #3
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Awesome deal, congrats!
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Well done.

Pencil in the Cool Breeze century for your next challenge on Aug 17. More climbing (although it's concentrated mostly in the middle) and largely a tail wind home.
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Old 04-01-13, 12:29 PM   #5
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Nice job Lazy Dog. You passed PhotoJoanne and me at some point. We started early because we knew this was going to be tough for her. The 50 mile pack passed us on Soledad East of the 14. I was in my blue Break Away From Cancer jersey and riding my Lynskey. She was on her flatbar quick and in a black/white jersey. We ended up calling it quits at Acton park. She was DONE! She wants to go do it again when she's in a little better shape so she can say she did it. And yes, the wind was building. Good job on the time. That's impressive in my book!
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Old 04-01-13, 12:39 PM   #6
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PhotoJoe....did you both stop just after the tunnel to take a break? I think I remember seeing a couple stopped along the road just after going through the tunnel climb. I was wearing a Blue and Black Coors jersey. http://www.rsfphotos.com/Prints4sale...Jqrm2&lb=1&s=A

I only stopped for a minute or so at the first water stop at the Rio Store. At Acton Park, I got off my bike for 5-10 minutes or so to stretch and eat a banana/drink a Coke. The climb up Escondido Canyon was deceptively difficult at the summit and was the only moment where my mind wanted to give up. I pressed on, had a few muscle cramps, but then that nice downhill showed up and my cramps went away.

Great job to your wife for taking on such a challenging amount of climbing. Even up to Acton Park, she climbed over 2000 feet over 25 miles!!! Tell her to just keep at it and next year she will finish the whole thing.

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Yup, that was us. Bright blinkys going the whole time. We stopped after the bridge, after the tunnel, by the tigers (no joke), after the tree, at the rock, next to the stop sign, by the squirrel, before the railroad tracks and at that park.

Don't care, though. I'm proud of what she did!
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LD - kudos! That seems like a pretty good time considering climbing and wind!

PJ - You should be proud of PhotoJoanne as from what I gather...she has come a long way riding wise. I love how you support and don't push her beyond where she is comfortable.
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Yup, that was us. Bright blinkys going the whole time. We stopped after the bridge, after the tunnel, by the tigers (no joke), after the tree, at the rock, next to the stop sign, by the squirrel, before the railroad tracks and at that park.

Don't care, though. I'm proud of what she did!
Cool....wish I knew you both on Saturday as I would have stopped to say hello, but didn't realize anyone from this board was riding in the SCV Century. Congrats to you both on your accomplishment. That's the right way to support your spouse. I can't even get my wife to ride her bike 3 miles to our favorite local breakfast restaurant. I bought her a Trek hybrid last year and I think she's put 2 total miles on it.
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PJ - I love how you support and don't push her beyond where she is comfortable.
I am proud of her. And I do support her. But know that I DO push her! I've just learned how to do it. She HATES to fail. Even though Saturday was NOT a fail, she views it as such. I just ask her if she wants to go on, or rest, or call for a ride home. That's all it takes! She'll rest then go on. The fact that she called for a ride tells me she was truly done. If she could have gone ANY further, she would have. So, I guess I don't push her...I know how to subtly get her to push herself! Just like the new bike. It had to be her idea. I just made she knew the benefits and found ways to get her to think about it as we rode, without pushing. Pretty soon, she had a great idea that she should get a new bike!
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Cool....wish I knew you both on Saturday as I would have stopped to say hello, but didn't realize anyone from this board was riding in the SCV Century. Congrats to you both on your accomplishment. That's the right way to support your spouse. I can't even get my wife to ride her bike 3 miles to our favorite local breakfast restaurant. I bought her a Trek hybrid last year and I think she's put 2 total miles on it.
I almost posted, too. But we really didn't know we were going to do it until the day before. Thought our out-of-town family was going to be here earlier. It would have been fun to meet you. Come ride GMR with us! Then a bunch of us will get to meet you.
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