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Old 04-02-14, 02:45 AM   #1
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I may be setting myself up for failure.....

But I got selected in the lottery to ride the RAMROD for 2014! It's the Ride Around Mount Rainier One Day. 150 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing

I'm a little intimidated, especially since I'm riding the Seattle to Portland in 1 day like 2 weeks prior, but I think I can do it. I rode a 100 mile 10,000 foot ride last year and it was the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life, but for some reason, this course seems easier. Ah well, I guess I'll find out in July!
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Old 04-02-14, 05:48 AM   #2
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I think you're setting yourself up for Success Go for it.

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Old 04-02-14, 06:48 AM   #3
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GOOD FORTUNE?

How do you intend to prepare for both rides?
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Old 04-02-14, 07:28 AM   #4
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I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where the average 20 mile ride has about 2000' of climbing and there are several extended climbs around here that are several miles of around 5-6% grade. My training will be to pedal hard up every hill around here!
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Do eeeeeeeet.
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Ride every ride like it is a training ride! Aim to add mileage and climbs on your weekend rides, yes both days! The mileage of both days should add up to more than (or as close as possible) to the 150 mile goal. You have a few months to prep, sounds like much fun!

Do they give you free Mt. Rainier beer post ride?

Last time I was up at Mt Rainier was on a motorcycle, yes, my wrist got a work out!

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Ah, STP timing will be perfect for you. RAMROD sounds like just the kind of fun we like to have around here.

Take pictures and report back please!
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Nothing makes a better story than epic success or epic failure. What's more interesting, the Titanic, or a 747 that made the flight from New York to London yesterday?
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sounds like fun!! if you did one last yr, you should know how the body will react this time around. Train for it, and remember on the back end of such rides it's mostly a race of nutrition
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It sounds like a couple of hard rides close to one another.

However, to keep it positive. I would think that the STP 2 weeks prior could set you up well for the RAMROD... If I were in shape to do that kind of ride, I would make sure that the 2 weeks in between were heavily slanted toward recovery mode, with only a couple of hard rides to keep tone. Then enjoy the ride(s).
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Good stuff, please keep us updated.
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Nothing makes a better story than epic success or epic failure. What's more interesting, the Titanic, or a 747 that made the flight from New York to London yesterday?
Wait, so you're saying it's a cooler story if I fail? Nah, not my style. I may very well be in last place and the finish line may have closed up shop hours beforehand, but I will cross that finish line!
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Sounds like awesome fun!! You will love every minute of it (more likely when you are done and look back on it rather than in the last 20 miles though!!! hehe)
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Wait, so you're saying it's a cooler story if I fail? ....
No, he's saying it's a cooler story if you fail in a massive flaming ball of glory.

Success is: "I did the ride and made it."

Simple failure is: "I did the ride, couldn't go on, got picked up by sag wagon."

MASSIVE failure: "I was climbing a tough section or Mt Rainer, and it was really kicking my a$$. I fell down twice, and started to cry. I got so furious at myself and the mountain, I picked up my bike and started smashing it against the ground.

I don't know how long I was smashing (maybe an hour). Through the blood and tears, I could hardly see, and didn't realize until too late that I had bored a hole in the side of the mountain. Turns out I hit a vein of lava, that brought Rainer back to being an active volcano. Sorry Tacoma
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No, he's saying it's a cooler story if you fail in a massive flaming ball of glory.

Success is: "I did the ride and made it."

Simple failure is: "I did the ride, couldn't go on, got picked up by sag wagon."

MASISVE failure: "I was climbing a tough section or Mt Rainer, and it was really kicking my a$$. I fell down twice, and started to cry. I got so furious at myself and the mountain, I picked up my bike and started smashing it against the ground.

I don't know how long I was smashing (maybe an hour). Through the blood and tears, I could hardly see, and didn't realize until too late that I had bored a hole in the side of the mountain. Turns out I hit a vein of lava, that brought Rainer back to being an active volcano. Sorry Tacoma
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