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Old 05-09-07, 06:32 PM   #1
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Please keep me in your thoughts!!!

I've been talked into doing a pretty brutal 100 mile training ride this Friday in the NC mountains. We're doing a route that is the same one that is used for a tough century that usually 700-800 people sign up for and is extremely well supported. It has some long climbs, and also has some really steep climbs that are longer than normal. The grand daddy of climbs comes in about 65 miles and is 3 miles long and averages close to 15%, topping out around 20%.

There will be about 8 of us and we're doing it unsupported which really concerns me. I know of a few stores along the route but not sure they're at the right intervals. Plus there will not be any really good bailouts where you can take shortcuts back to the car if things aren't going well.

I know all the other riders and they are a notch or two better riders than I am but what the heck........it's billed as a training ride. Folks are wanting to get in some additional climbing in preparation for Mitchell. I told them they were crazy to do this route as it is probably the second hardest route behind Mitchell in these parts but here I am joining in with them. Surprisingly I've only ridden 40 miles the last two weeks because of being sick and other obligations. I suspect they'll be waiting on this old feller at the top of a lot of the climbs!!

I did go ahead and put my XTR 11-34 cassette on the 5900 so while I might be slow at least I think I can keep it moving forward.

I'm going to hurt so bad!!!
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Old 05-09-07, 07:01 PM   #2
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Sounds brutal......we will, as Quakers say, hold you in the Light. Good luck, Joe.
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Old 05-09-07, 07:01 PM   #3
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I'm amazed at some of the rides you do now, and I do wish you luck. If I could do half as well, I would be happy. I guess I shouldn't complain though, after all I just started riding. It's so hard to believe that older riders can do what your doing and it makes me feel good, and I know there's still hope for me. Good luck, George
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Old 05-09-07, 08:29 PM   #4
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I'm going to hurt so bad!!!
Nah, you will be fine. Look at the alternatives mentioned in your other post.
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The worse it hurts the better you feel when you get back to the car. Well, LOL, maybe you'll feel a little worse when you get home and go to get out of the car. Jppe, you, I, and all of BF know that there was never a chance of you not going on this ride-- heroism is your destiny. We'll want to hear all about it.

To offset the lack of support, what are you planning on carrying with you?
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Old 05-09-07, 08:40 PM   #6
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Surprisingly I've only ridden 40 miles the last two weeks because of being sick and other obligations.

I'm going to hurt so bad!!!
If sickness hasn't taken too much out of you, wouldn't you be really fresh for this ride?
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Old 05-09-07, 08:53 PM   #7
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I'm going to hurt so bad!!!
Yeah, you're probably right, lol, but it will be a good kind of hurt.

Good move installing the 11-34.

You're my hero, by the way.
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I think you will be the one putting the hurting on the others. Put your best Lance face on and attack those climbs. Have fun and don't forget the report when you get back
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Old 05-10-07, 06:22 AM   #9
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I'm going to hurt so bad!!!

But don't it feel so good to be able to hurt so bad?
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Old 05-10-07, 06:39 PM   #10
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I'm tired, just reading about that. Give 'em heck, jppe!
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Ahhhhhh, jppe, while you're reaching for your lowest gear, I'll be reaching for my coldest beer.


But, ohhhh, how good that first cool drink is gonna taste for you when you get off that bike at the top, kick of those cleats, and wiggle your toes.
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Old 05-10-07, 11:44 PM   #12
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Good luck and keep hydrated...drink early and often
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