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Old 09-07-09, 04:41 PM   #1
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Record your "Ride your Age" ride

How about a thread to record your "Rode your age" rides. This can only work in the 50+ forum. Don't be afraid to record an old ride that met the criteria. I'll start.

Age: 61
Distance: 66.4 mi
Ave Spd: 17.5
Ride Format: Club ride, 10 riders
Route: Coral Springs, FL to Delray Beach, FL and back.

See the ride here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6565
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Old 09-07-09, 06:32 PM   #2
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Good idea for a thread. Thanks for starting it, as it gives me an intermediary goal. I am 61 and in the process of training for a 165 ride (The SMART Ride) from Miami to Key West in January. I haven't found a recommended training schedule, but figure on working up to ride my age by late October or early November. Now if I could just figure out how to shoot my age on the golf course.
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Old 09-07-09, 06:40 PM   #3
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Now if I could just figure out how to shoot my age on the golf course.
Thats easy,just need to figure what hole to quit on!
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Old 09-07-09, 09:47 PM   #4
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BiopSea,

Here is a training schedule to get one ready for a 7-day 550 mile ride. You might be able to modify it for your purposes. As you can see, the key is just a slow, incremental increase to some where near your goal. You don't have to actually ride 165 miles to be able to ride 165 miles. Hope it helps.

There are those on this forum who regularly ride double centuries who will be of great help. I would assume your ride is relatively flat, hope it has a tailwind, too. Good luck. It will be quite an accomplishment.
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Old 09-08-09, 06:57 AM   #5
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Already wrote about mine:
August 31 (61st Bday)
63 miles, rolling terrain
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Me and the spouse just cruising along
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Old 09-08-09, 07:24 AM   #6
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I had back-to-back 51-milers last week. Since I'm 52, though, they don't count.

It's my last day of vacation and I know what I'll be doing . . .
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Old 09-08-09, 10:36 AM   #7
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Due to scheduling conflicts, I rode mine last sat. (3 weeks before my b-day) rode 63 miles with skipper to a small cafe called "Kays Outback" where I had a cinamon roll as big as my head. When we got back I then climbed on to my trail bike and did another 38 miles on the Badger trail. 101 for the day which took about 10 1/2 hrs including breaks. Impromptou, challenging but felt the need.
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Old 09-08-09, 10:55 AM   #8
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Mojo,

Thanks for the guide. I will use it. According to that schedule, I am somewhere between January and February now. Fortunately the ride is flat. I now have a goal of my riding my age by ................. Thanksgiving!
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Old 09-08-09, 10:55 AM   #9
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As a present to myself for turning 50, I rode four times my age in July... roughly twice as far as I'd ever ridden before.




Fun video production of the event here: http://www.vimeo.com/5675360

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Old 09-08-09, 11:03 AM   #10
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As a present to myself for turning 50, I rode four times my age in July... roughly twice as far as I'd ever ridden before.






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I'd like to do the STP one year if only to say I've done it. I understand the course isn't the most interesting or attractive but the event itself seems like a good challenge as a one day ride. Maybe next year.
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Old 09-08-09, 11:13 AM   #11
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I'd like to do the STP one year if only to say I've done it. I understand the course isn't the most interesting or attractive but the event itself seems like a good challenge as a one day ride. Maybe next year.
I wish you folks would quit coming up with more rides to do. Just when I get one or two checked off several more pop up. My college roommate just moved out to Seattle so it might be time to pay him a visit next July??
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Old 09-08-09, 11:18 AM   #12
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Good idea for a thread. Thanks for starting it, as it gives me an intermediary goal. I am 61 and in the process of training for a 165 ride (The SMART Ride) from Miami to Key West in January. I haven't found a recommended training schedule, but figure on working up to ride my age by late October or early November. Now if I could just figure out how to shoot my age on the golf course.
I did RAIN in July which was 160 miles. My suggestion would be to just get time in the saddle comparable to what you think you'll spend doing the ride. For example, I did several rides that were about the same length of time that it took me to do the 160 miles but the training rides were a lot slower and thus a lot fewer miles. For me it was just getting the body accustomed to riding for that long and not necessarily the miles. However the terrain where I live is more rolling/hilly so I can get the saddle time without having to do the mileage-you might not have that luxury.
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Old 09-08-09, 11:27 AM   #13
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I wish you folks would quit coming up with more rides to do. Just when I get one or two checked off several more pop up. My college roommate just moved out to Seattle so it might be time to pay him a visit next July??
My wife's Med. School roommate lives in Portland. Hmmm, I bet she would like to get out for a visit.
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Old 09-08-09, 02:36 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by BikeWNC
I'd like to do the STP one year if only to say I've done it. I understand the course isn't the most interesting or attractive but the event itself seems like a good challenge as a one day ride. Maybe next year.
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I wish you folks would quit coming up with more rides to do. Just when I get one or two checked off several more pop up. My college roommate just moved out to Seattle so it might be time to pay him a visit next July??

Friend / business associate lives in Seattle, she's a cyclist, and offered me a job out there several years ago. Tarheel Team participating next year. hmmm....
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I'd like to do the STP one year if only to say I've done it. I understand the course isn't the most interesting or attractive but the event itself seems like a good challenge as a one day ride. Maybe next year.
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I wish you folks would quit coming up with more rides to do. Just when I get one or two checked off several more pop up. My college roommate just moved out to Seattle so it might be time to pay him a visit next July??

Friend / business associate lives in Seattle, she's a cyclist, and offered me a job out there several years ago. Tarheel Team participating next year. hmmm....
Sure, as long as you and jppe agree to pull me around all day.
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Old 09-09-09, 06:54 AM   #17
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I would like to know if I can put last Sat. ride in the bank for when I turn 75? 59 now.

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RIDE INFO: If you like climbing hills (really BIG hills!), then join us for the 8th Annual "Hills Are Your Friends", which might be one of the most challenging rides you'll ever do. We'll have over 9200 feet of elevation gain (aka climbing!), with most of that coming on the four difficult/very difficult crossings of the Laurel Ridge. Along with the fun(?) ascents, there will be as many exhilarating descents and some of the most spectacular scenery in SW PA.

75 miles of torture climbing with some screaming descents thrown in for good measure(54.4 mph tops on my computer). Two 4 mile long climbs topped out at 22% and 24%. Ride evaluation on the way home, "at least we did not embarrass ourselves". Bad thigh cramps at mile 55 or so but I was not the only one with that issue. Used a 50/36 compact with a 12/27 cassette. A triple with the same rear would have really helped. When we got near the last rest stop I considered going into an adjacent church to pray vs. the C store.
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Old 09-09-09, 02:19 PM   #19
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Me and my GD went out a few weeks ago. Only on the MUP that runs at the bottom of her garden but we did 1/2 mile to celebrate her 6 month birthday.

By this time of the year- I should be riding my age every weekend but The max I seem to be managing right now is about 50 miles- and that is only every other week. I'll just have to plan a couple of metrics for the Autumn. That will put me the 1/2 mile that Ferne does over my age.
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I just did it today. Age 53.
53.2 miles, 3 hours 52 minutes, avg. speed 13.6 mph. It was also my first half century.
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Old 09-09-09, 05:14 PM   #21
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I'll be 65 in November but the weather around here isn't really conducive for long rides at that time of the year, so I rode the 70 mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes last Tuesday.
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Old 09-09-09, 07:45 PM   #22
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[This is edited from my bikejournal entry.] Back in mid April, I did a solo ride a new route to Lystra Rd.; temps were mid 50s to mid 60s with light winds and route was mostly rolling hills. After the first ten miles I passed a group of ~6 younger women on O.Ch. Rd approaching the top of a long hill before the school zone, one of which was apparently a bit competitive (and urged on by the the ones behind that I just passed), but not quite a match for cruz the old goat. Otherwise it was an uneventful ride though my first stint at the locally-steep Lystra hill was punctuated by 2 granny-gear hill sections each being around 150-200 yards long with a very short "level" section in between, and I was the only old goat on Lystra too. :-) . At the top I turned around and coming down was a blast at up to 40 mph. And about cramping, etc I felt a twinge, but kept it under the red zone and had no issues even on short steep Regency hill near the end. I kept it a few tenths of mph slower on this ride. A metric (my goal next month) would have been a piece of cake today; I'm really happy about that as I think I'm starting to break thru the 45 mile barrier. Total mileage was 56 slightly surpassing the age. Rode my age the weekend before too, but that ride wasn't as eventful and I got cramping from riding faster overall.

Next year will be another mile added, but at least I have the confidence that was a bit shaky last Spring.
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I rode my age, 64, back in May; but there is no way I remember anything from May.
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Me and my GD ..... did 1/2 mile to celebrate her 6 month birthday.
Stapfam, you got my vote for most original post to this thread!
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