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Old 11-22-08, 11:14 PM   #1
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I now know the true meaning of HTFU

This should probably be in Long Distance Cycling, but I don't know anyone in there.

I did my first century/200K/ride up Palomar Mountain today (Palomar is a 5000'+ peak in San Diego County). Yes, I figured I'd kill 3 birds with one stone. Sometimes I'm not that bright.

I almost cried.

The ride that was supposed to take 9-10 hours took 12 hours. We started at 7 am. The total elevation gain was over 9000'. I went with the local randonneuring group in SD. They turned out to be fantastic people. There was another n00b besides myself along for the ride today. The ride started out well enough: 2000' climb followed by a really fast downhill, then on to Palomar Mountain. Palomar is famous for it's long grades. The one we did was about 14 miles of solid climbing, the first 6 miles between 6-9% grade, the second half at about 8-9%. It took over 2.5 hours to get to the top. Fortunately I ride a triple. My mantra going up the hill was "I will never buy a compact double" repeated about 2 million times. These climbs were done in the first 50 miles of the ride.

I made it to the summit without too much trouble, but the other n00b was really suffering. We made it down the mountain and then had several longer stretches of 3-4% grade for about 4 miles. The other n00b ended up bonking and we had to wait for him at a check point, and then get him set for a ride home. The delay took a good hour.

We then proceeded on our way home, up more stinkin' hills which my guads were not happy about. My mantra for the last 3 hours was "jacuzzi tub, jacuzzi tub".

At 5 pm the sun had pretty much set and it got cold. I don't have a decent light on my bike (since this was supposed to be a daylight ride) so had to sandwich between two riders with good lights. I was riding with all men, and pretty much got dropped on most downhills, and uphills too as my guads started screaming. I ended up earning the respect of those in the group who were impressed that I finished even though my longest ride previously was 83 miles. Total miles today: 127.

And I didn't whine even though I really, really wanted to. (Chamois Buttr FTW)

BTW, this torture-fest was the brainchild of one of the riders today, a guy who looked to be in his late 60's. He rode from his house 20 miles away to and from the ride, total mileage >160. And he did the entire thing on a single speed.
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Old 11-22-08, 11:33 PM   #2
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Congratulations!

The last century I did was something like 6500 feet, IIRC. I wasn't really feeling it at the beginning, and I was pretty much toast by the end. 9000 foot 200k, though? Geesh! Good on ya for finishing!
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Old 11-22-08, 11:46 PM   #3
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BTW, this torture-fest was the brainchild of one of the riders today, a guy who looked to be in his late 60's. He rode from his house 20 miles away to and from the ride, total mileage >160. And he did the entire thing on a single speed.
this is why you need those old school frame pumps...let Mr. fresh-as-a-daisy have it right between the spokes, Team Cinzano style, as he pedals off another 20 miles towards home

all I can say about your achievement is

A. you are a warrior and a HTFU queen
B. You've earned the right to be our commander in chief
C. You shoulda went to bed earlier before doing one of these things...
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Old 11-22-08, 11:49 PM   #4
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"BTW, this torture-fest was the brainchild of one of the riders today, a guy who looked to be in his late 60's. He rode from his house 20 miles away to and from the ride, total mileage >160. And he did the entire thing on a single speed. "

Sounds like my kind of freak.

So who is in charge of presidential post ride massages ?
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Old 11-22-08, 11:56 PM   #5
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Old 11-23-08, 12:19 AM   #6
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Congratulations.

I've only done one imperial century and it had a net altitude decrease of 600m and I was glad to reach the finish.
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Although I am utterly unauthorized to do so...I award you 2000043 HTFU points for this effort.

Way to go Cbad!
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Old 11-23-08, 01:11 AM   #8
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ah, now that is some serious HTFU right there...
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Cbad must be in a coma now...

Perhaps we send someone round her place to make sure she's okay.

Do I have a volunteer ?
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Old 11-23-08, 01:25 AM   #10
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Old 11-23-08, 04:37 AM   #11
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Nice ride CBad. Big question, will you do it again? I hope so.
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Old 11-23-08, 04:50 AM   #12
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Where are the pics tough guy?
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Wow. That is seriously impressive.
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awesome job Cbad!! congratulations!!
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congrats on finishing Cbad!

now don't forget the most important part of training...recovery!
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i agree. just cross post this over there - look at all the friends you have here...you'll meet more people over there, some that can probably give out some great advice.
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Lemme just say that I am proud to serve in the cabinet of a prez as badass as you. Romulan ale-drinking, palomar-climbing, power-grabbing, 100 on a 0-10 hawtness scale, and with a star trek xmas tree to boot!!!
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If by that you mean dark chocloate and roumlan ale, then yes .
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Where are the pics tough guy?
I'm a girl, pcad.

And Mr. Single Speed took pics. I'll post them when I get them.
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Great job! Sounds like a heck of a ride.
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Nice ride CBad. Big question, will you do it again? I hope so.
Yes, I'm stupid enough to do it again.

The group is doing another long ride next weekend but I'm not ready to go again quite so soon. I'm planning on riding with the group at least once a month after the new year.

I actually feel pretty good today, just a little bit of stiffness in my legs. The dark chocolate must be helping.
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The dark chocolate must be helping.
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Girls can be tough guys. And guys can be girly girls. At least here in NY I mean.
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