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Old 07-18-07, 08:24 PM   #1
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Did 36 Monday, 52 Friday?

I will try and ride may age this Friday. I did 36 miles on Monday. I would have done more but I had to get home and cook supper. Temp was in the 90's but I'm OK with heat. I drink and sweat A LOT. I only average a little over 10mph. Never stopped for more than a minute of so. I don't think 52 miles will be that difficult. So far my longest has been 38 miles - again, all in one ride without resting more than a few minutes.
I've been reading everyone's posts about riding centurys. I'm not ready for that. But I am getting tips from you all.
I rode about 12 miles on the other days this week and I'm going to rest up tomorrow. Then I plan on being on the trail early Friday morning. They are forecasting a high in the low 80's so that should be good. Wish me luck and thanks for all your help!
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I will try and ride may age this Friday. I did 36 miles on Monday. I would have done more but I had to get home and cook supper. Temp was in the 90's but I'm OK with heat. I drink and sweat A LOT. I only average a little over 10mph. Never stopped for more than a minute of so. I don't think 52 miles will be that difficult. So far my longest has been 38 miles - again, all in one ride without resting more than a few minutes.
I've been reading everyone's posts about riding centurys. I'm not ready for that. But I am getting tips from you all.
I rode about 12 miles on the other days this week and I'm going to rest up tomorrow. Then I plan on being on the trail early Friday morning. They are forecasting a high in the low 80's so that should be good. Wish me luck and thanks for all your help!
You'll be fine; we'll be pulling for you. Before the ride, make sure you have your pie plans made ahead of time, so you're not too tired.
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If you can do 36, then you can do 52. Biggest factor, IMHO, is having a comfortable saddle.

Take it from me, who hit a new record of 40 and then 4 days later did 64 - and it really wasn't that hard. However I was cruising at a pretty low speed on flat terrain, so your task could be a much tougher workout.
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Enjoy the ride and give us a ride report.
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52? Piece of cake. You won't have any problem at all if you can do 36. Go for it.
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Wish me luck and thanks for all your help!
You can do it. Just believe in yourself. I had my first ride in over a week today and I only did 22 miles. I am behind on my weekly goal of 150 miles a week so that 600 miles for this month may not be possible again unless I ride everyday till the end of the month. Remember to reward yourself with a pie after the age ride.
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For a 52-miler, I'd take along an energy snack, maybe some granola bars, dried apricots etc., and make sure you stay hydrated.

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Good luck and have some of that channel cat in your avatar for dinner when you get back home. You'll do great, you have the right idea with drinking a LOT!. I mean as long as it's water or gatorade or something... at least while you are riding....
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Good luck to you. I'll be trying my age, 52, tomorrow. My longest was 42 last Thursday. Hopefully, I'll blaze a trail for you.
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Good luck to both snavebob and sknhgy. I foresee no problems. There is nothing wrong with stopping for a couple of breaks in a 50+mile ride. It's a ride, not a race.
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Good luck to both snavebob and sknhgy. I foresee no problems. There is nothing wrong with stopping for a couple of breaks in a 50+mile ride. It's a ride, not a race.
Thanks!

I stopped for lunch in the middle and flew home on the second half. The break did a world of difference.
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Lots of luck to you both, I have total faith that you are ready and won't falter! Have fun also!
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I stopped for lunch in the middle and flew home on the second half. The break did a world of difference.

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Good luck to you. I'll be trying my age, 52, tomorrow. My longest was 42 last Thursday. Hopefully, I'll blaze a trail for you.
Where do you ride? I'll be on the trails around Alton.
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Where do you ride? I'll be on the trails around Alton.
Today I road the river trail from Alton to 5 miles north of Pere Marquette. Then turned around and came back.

I road my age plus 1! 53 miles! This was my longest ride ever. Road it in 4:06. Boy was it humid today. I had to fly the last 4 miles back to Alton as I had to out run a thunderstorm. Made it with 5 minutes to spare and averaged 19 mph on the last 4 miles. I feel great just that my quads are sore from the last push. Drank a lot of water and gatorade today. Ate a few bugs too! Lots of bugs today! Big and hard ones.

Now my goal is a century next year or sometime this fall.

Good luck on your ride tomorrow. The weather should be great!
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Congrats to snavebob for a thunderstorm-assisted age ride!!!!

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Today I road the river trail from Alton to 5 miles north of Pere Marquette. Then turned around and came back.

I road my age plus 1! 53 miles! This was my longest ride ever. Road it in 4:06. Boy was it humid today. I had to fly the last 4 miles back to Alton as I had to out run a thunderstorm. Made it with 5 minutes to spare and averaged 19 mph on the last 4 miles. I feel great just that my quads are sore from the last push. Drank a lot of water and gatorade today. Ate a few bugs too! Lots of bugs today! Big and hard ones.

Now my goal is a century next year or sometime this fall.

Good luck on your ride tomorrow. The weather should be great!
Thats where I ride. I usually go from the Marquette Lodge parking lot to the Piasa bird then back. Tomorrow I will stretch it past the bird in the direction of the lock and dam to make it a 51 mile round trip.
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Thats where I ride. I usually go from the Marquette Lodge parking lot to the Piasa bird then back. Tomorrow I will stretch it past the bird in the direction of the lock and dam to make it a 51 mile round trip.
That should be a great ride. Going north of the lodge was a bit of a challenge as the road doesn't have a shoulder and the speed limit is 55! Fortunately, it's a rural highway and traffic was very light. Still, when the semi's passed me it was exciting. No problems though. I really like the rolling hills and watching all the waterfowl on the river. Also, saw a doe and her two fawns at the end of the ride. She was looking for a place to hide from the storm.

Next week I am thinking of riding to the lodge and back to the Piasa bird and then riding to the bridge and crossing it.

Good luck on your ride today. The weather is going to be great for you. Hopefully you'll have a tailwind going back up to the lodge.
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Made it! Did 67 miles! I took off from the lodge just before 8:00am. Had a pretty strong headwind. I made it to the bird, then made my 26 mile, half-way point a few miles past the dam - after getting somewhat lost in the harbor. I felt good so I kept going. I made it all the way to the kiosk under the 270 bridge. I stopped there for water and cookies. Coming back, the wind had shifted so I had a headwind going back too. Lunch was at McDonalds in Alton, then I stopped for ice cream in Grafton. I circled the parking lot a few times to get my trip gauge to go over 67 miles.
I was surprised that I felt I could keep going at the end. The best tips I picked up were to take snacks and ibuprofen. The ibuprofen came in handy just before lunch after 40-some miles. I only brought two 4oz packs of cookies and that was barely enough.
Thanks everyone for all your help. If someone had told me a year ago that I would be taking 60 mile bike trips, I would have told them that they were trippin'. It was a fantastic ride.
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Made it! Did 67 miles!

Holy cow! Congratulations! Way to go! Woo hoo!!!!!
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Wow! Congratulations, both of you!!!
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