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Old 03-16-14, 05:23 AM   #1
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TDC 2014 Lake Nona Ride Reports

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1. Woke up to a "Lake Wind Advisory", South winds 10-15 MPH after 10 am. Most of this year's routes are north-south, with my 50 mile route having a 10 or 15 mile southerly run at the end-it's not a race they say...
Still plan to blow thru rest stop 1, but the rest stops and routes are different from last year, so rest stop 1 is 17 miles out, and rest stop 2 is 35 miles out. I slapped on a third water bottle and a few more calories to help.
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2. You know how they say don't change anything right before a big ride, well I changed USB cords to a shorter and lighter one to keep my phone charged from the battery pack-it doesn't work, so the rest of this is post ride.
From the start to rest stop 1, I drafted as much as I could, rode slower than I wanted, and just generally enjoyed the morning. Leaving stop 1, there was a pretty good pack riding faster than I could maintain, so the third time I fell off the back, I figured it was time to ride at my pace.
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3. Rest stop 2 interview-"Well Booger Johnson and the boys in the pit crew got the James Coda Sport running strong at there today, we need to change some fluids, throw a little wedge adjustment in there, and we'll be back in the pack"
We are riding the northbound stretch, and the tailwind is picking up, it's nice to ride 17 MPH without feeling wind in your face, but knowing the tail end of the ride is to the south, and knowing the winds are building is not easy to ignore.
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4. 40 miles into the ride, and I'm starting to suspect somebody changed my seat into a crotch hatchet.
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5. Before getting to the last rest stop, we've turned into the wind, great for launching planes, not so great for biking. But it's not bad, and I think that if this is at bad as it gets, it'll be fine. Boy am I wrong.
For entertainment, I spotted a Bald Eagle overhead (it's never a good sign when every bird smaller than a hawk has gone to ground). Then I saw an osprey and was thinking I had misidentified the Eagle-nope. Mr Eagle was not happy to see Mr Osprey, and the aerobatics display was on. It's not easy to watch birds and bike at the same time, but those 2 put on a great show.
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6. From the last rest stop to the end (8 miles on my odometer), brutal. The wind is now SSW 12, gusts at 30, and we're riding pretty much right into it. I feel violated by this wind, when we do turn perpendicular to, you have to lean into the gusts to ride straight, I'm struggling to make 8 MPH, using the baby chainring.
See somebody I've been following broken down and stop to help (or get out of the wind, your call). Down tube friction shifters with a screw missing. Shifter and cable wound thru the chain and sprocket. Its a big 50-34 front double chainring road bike, and not many people are going to be able to ride 34x12 in this wind. Its an easy fix if you have the parts, but that bike is going to SAG today.
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7. Final total, 53 miles, 12.3 MPH average. Slower than last year, but it's done, and I'm ready for next year. (I just don't want to see that bike again right now).
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Good job! I did the 25 mile this year, due to a bad disc in my back. The wind was truly hell the last 1/3 of the ride. I didn't feel like a rider, more like a Clydesdale Sail designed to catch the wind and slow everything down. With the back issue, I was paying close attention to the "Bent crowd...and got to try one at the end of the ride. Next week is another ride in Oviedo and The Wife and I plan to do it also!
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Were you the guy in the Biohazard jersey? I think I saw you right after the first rest stop. I was on a black Giant Defy in a Lockheed Martin jersey. I had a great time but as aforementioned the last 7-8 miles were brutal!

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I hear you about wind... a bunch of do the Tour of Palm springs out here each winter and the route takes us through the windmill farm. (hint, they don't put those where it's calm). 10 mph in the drops at 300 watts is no way to go on a bike ride. It didn't feel like there was any particular way to get OUT of the wind either, even if you tried drafting somebody. Devil wind, I tell you.

I'll take hills over wind every day - at least you are guaranteed a down hill at some point.

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I hear you about wind... a bunch of do the Tour of Palm springs out here each winter and the route takes us through the windmill farm. (hint, they don't put those where it's calm). 10 mph in the drops at 300 watts is no way to go on a bike ride. It didn't feel like there was any particular way to get OUT of the wind either, even if you tried drafting somebody. Devil wind, I tell you.

I'll take hills over wind every day - at least you are guaranteed a down hill at some point.

Congratulations on finishing.
To give perspective: It felt like we started with light breezes, and in the middle of the ride the Santa Ana Winds kicked in hard. I spent half the ride going.."I though I left this in San Bernardino County....!"
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Aw man, Santa Ana winds strip the moisture right out of your body... leaving you feeling like a twice baked mummy. I voted to do some bike maintenance and cleaning today instead of dealing with it.

The good news is that it always cools down in the evening, no matter how crappy the day, so you really just have to pick your preferred time.

I used to live in Florida though, and the heat and humidity combo is a bear.
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Were you the guy in the Biohazard jersey? I think I saw you right after the first rest stop. I was on a black Giant Defy in a Lockheed Martin jersey. I had a great time but as aforementioned the last 7-8 miles were brutal!
Yeah, that was me. I was trying to blend in (ha!). You passed me after that first left, there was that moment of recognition, but your bike looked grey in my sunglasses, so I didn't think that much about it.
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