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    Treated Like Gold on a Century

    Now this is the way it's done! I did the Mountains of Misery ride yesterday in NewPort, VA, and the support couldn't have been better. There were 10 total rest stops. Good food and friendly host. Baked potatoes! I used about every other one, except to duck in and use the facilities.

    On the final 3-mile, 11.9% average grade, there was tons of encouragement and support, including the traditional cowbells at the finish, and even an announcer to call off our names.

    I was able to complete the 60-mile, and the final climb without having to walk, but it was a close call at the end. Plenty of much, much younger/thinner riders were walking to the end.

    I didn't have to test the organizers' patience by being the last one out on the course this time I had 7:12 ride time, and 7:52 course time.

    Now for the Over-50 content:
    1) I wore my 50+ jersey on the ride. I didn't see any others out there. Most of the people I passed on the climb were wearing team kits
    2) Today I'm doing colon prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow, so I'm on the old liquid diet routine. I don't think this is quite fair considering how ravenous I am after yesterday's ride

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    "Mountains of Misery" followed by a colonoscopy. Someone's a glutton for punishment, hm?

    Anyway, sounds like a grand ride. Hoping for a good outcome on the procedure.
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    I've never done a bad organized ride, but some are better organized than others. Makes you realize how dependent these rides are on the corps of volunteers, and I really appreciate their efforts.
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    One of our 50+ riders, NealH did the 100 mile ride in 7:40. He also had great things to say about the ride.

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    Congrats on finishing strong on that ride - the finish sounds tough.

    Sounds like you're having a wonderful Memorial Day (liquid diet? colonoscopy prep on Memorial Day?).

    I'll have a burger in your honor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcoppola View Post
    "Mountains of Misery" followed by a colonoscopy. Someone's a glutton for punishment, hm?

    Anyway, sounds like a grand ride. Hoping for a good outcome on the procedure.
    When I started to read this I thought "Mountains of Misery" was going to be followed by something other than what I actually read.

    JimF22003, Congrats on a great ride and best of luck to you tomorrow.

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    Alright!!! Great job!!

    Were the ladies spraying folks with water at one of the last rest stops the final 3 miles by chance?

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    No spraying They did offer water cups Tour-de-France style at the last stop 1.5 miles before the end. I declined since I wasn't stopping, but I wouldn't have minded if they would have doused me with it

    The colonoscopy is just a routine check. I've been sucking down popsicles and chicken broth all day, and dreaming of pizza...

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    I know the last 3 miles were steep-but I didn't realize how much uphill it was from the river to get to the start of the 3 mile climb until I downloaded the Garmin.

    I'll shoot myself for even thinking it, but I might just have to give the 100 miler one more try. I doubt I can do any better than the 6hr 45 min I did the first time though. I still recall "resting" on the 11% grades on the last climb-and agree that the grades reach high teens based on my numbers. A fellow cyclist from not far away does the double and tried to talk me into doing that one. I can ride 120 miles but NOT with that hill waiting at the finish!!!

    Porbably mentioned it before-but my wife drove me up there the afternoon before just to look at the finish. We came in the other road and I was relieved as it didn't look too steep. Then she took me down the road of the finish. I didn't sleep too well the night before after seeing that hill!!!

    Congrats again. If you can finish that one you can ride any of them!

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    It's just plain cruel to put such a moutain at the END of a ride. Would the route be better in reverse?
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    Jim, I did see you on the ride, but you were gone before I could introduce myself, and I didn't see you at the end. 7:52 total time is awesome. If I can figure out why I had such an IT band issue, I'll probably try this one again. I don't think I can get sub 8 hours, but perhaps close to it.

    I agree the volunteers doing support on this ride were wonderful. The nicest, friendliest people, and they work a very long day supporting all the people who do this ride.

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    You're gonna be skinny!

    I was ravenous during my 100 mile ride Sunday and the day after I kept a healthy appetite as well. I've kept the protein powder flowing since Sunday and been laying off the legs till tomorrow. I can't imagine going off food after a big ride like that, not the next day.

    Good luck with the scope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    The colonoscopy is just a routine check. I've been sucking down popsicles and chicken broth all day, and dreaming of pizza...
    They're not making you drink the 4 liters of Golytely?


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    "HalfLytley". Only half as awsome Procedure all finished. Now I'm too bloated to eat. This is not fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    2) Today I'm doing colon prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow, so I'm on the old liquid diet routine. I don't think this is quite fair considering how ravenous I am after yesterday's ride
    Eeww, did we have to hear that?

    Just kidding. Glad the century went well and hope for the same on your colonoscopy.

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    Wow, congrats on your ride, and I guess you are the real man here, I am having my colonoscopy procedure Monday & is already worrying how to survive with no food for 2 days Good luck on your procedure!

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