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Old 08-26-02, 08:00 AM   #1
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HHH report. . . and more!

I know Hotter N Hell is being talked about in a few threads but
I want to post a semi long message covering a few things.
First Lotek met 1oldroadie and 1sweetroadie, great meeting them
and thanks for the tip on setting up the cateye Astrale.
I really wish we had more time to talk.
the bike
As many of you know I just built up frameset and wheels,
I had about 20 miles on it prior to HHH, figured it would be
a good place to shake it out.
I love the bike, the frame is amazing, and soaked up most of
the crap the road had (and there were some absolutely
horrible sections, chip and seal would be an improvement).
I got used to that newfangled ergo shifting thing pretty
quickly, I do like my friction shifting but. . .
I have one gear on the back that consistantly missed on
downshifts, had downshift past it and then upshift onto
it. Will look at that later.
I installed new computer night before the ride, Cateye Astrale
with cadence. People if you don't have cadence go out and
get a cadence monitor. its a major help up hills, etc.,
I was amazed to learn my cadence is higher than I thought.
Its a little finicky to set up but a great item at a good price.
Wheels: I laced em, trued and glued em. Never rode a better
wheel. As I said the road surface was pretty crappy at times
but the wheels did ok except for one 20 metre stretch coming
out of Sheppard Airforce base where you're on loose sand.
23mm tires don't like sand.
the ride
what can I say about a 100k ride in 104 degree heat?
The start is chaotic to say the least, between the roller bladers,
families with kids on 20inch wheel bikes, wankers who think
this is a mass start RACE it can be a little daunting.
It took about 10 to 15 minutes till I got to where I could
actually pedal, not bad all in all.
No, its not a hilly ride, but its not exactly flat.
SAG support was good, but some of the wagons went by
so fast it was hard to get noticed if one were struggling.
The rest areas are good, but could use more than bananas
oranges H2O and Powerade. PB&J would be ok.
I really didn't notice the heat, I was so sweatsoaked any
breeze evaporated nicely.
how we did
As I said, the wife and I did the 100k, she made 50+ miles
before she totally bonked. I'm really proud of her, since she
is kinda new to all this. She's really kicking herself for not
pushing the last 10 miles.
With about 10 miles left I learned what seize really means.
it started with a cramp in right hamstring when dismounting
at rest stop. I stretched it out and was ok, got on bike and
1 mile later my leg "seized", what this means is that all muscles
begin to cramp, and with opposing action of the muscle groups
attempts to pull your leg apart, 1/2 mile later other leg started.
both legs were cramping until 2 hours post ride.
I think I averaged 10 miles/hour for last 10 miles but hung in
there. Had the SAG wagon hovering, and lots of folks
inquiring about my health. I had chills for a few hours
after ride but after about a gallon of liquid they subsided.
My legs are kinda sore today (monday)
and my right calf feels as if someone hit it with ball peen hammer.

Will I do this ride again? you bet. I've already got
reservations for place to stay and tonight I start
training for the 100 miles.

Marty
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Old 08-26-02, 08:53 AM   #2
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Way to go Lotek- any websites with Photos of this event? I can't believe you're not dead!

It was really hot here lately, so I can only imagine. I refused to go for rides between 11 am and 3 pm in that heat, yecch! But racers have no choice. Speaking of heat, I'll save Tour de Suisse tape and watch it again in the dead of winter- apparently it was brutally hot in the alps and one of them conked out at the finish line. Great race!
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Old 08-26-02, 09:54 AM   #4
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Way to go Marty.
I know it was hard to finish but I'm sure you're glad you toughed it out.

I had the same thing happen to me last summer when I attempted a century. My right leg started cramping at about 70 miles. Walking and massage didn't help and had to drop out at 75 miles.
Two hours after the ride both legs started. Took a while to get the muscles stretched. My wife (who is not a cyclist) thought I was having a heart attack.
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About the legs,
Funny thing, once I got the pain down to managable
it felt better pedaling than keeping the leg immobile
(actually both legs).
I think the worst part was when one got so bad I had
to stop, trying to clip out was fun, wondered if I'd end
up just dumping over looking like Artie Shaw on Laugh-in
Next year I will definately train a bit harder for the ride,
I'm pretty sure it was not just the heat but the fact that
the milage was about the max that I normally do.

Sore but feeling pretty good,
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I was still smilling and waving @ 60 mi. Some guy passed me and said you won't be doing that @ 80. Boy was he right! @ 90 and 95 I wasn't doing much but watching my odometer.

The last 20 miles will get you! It is a great feeling though.
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Marty; Glad you enjoyed the ride. Did you ride yesterday any, If not be sure to ride today, it will help with the soreness.

One year we did the century on the tandem and my thighs siezed at about the 80 like your did...it was rather interesting trying get unwrap outa that tandem without falling with both legs locked

We just did the 50, the sweet1 thought the heat might do her in so we took the shortened ride....she was right, 50 was all she had in her. But we did have a fairly good run we averaged a little over 14.5 for the fifty.

I sorry that I missed seeing the others, tourist, scott, scuba girl and all. Maybe next year or over at the Red River Classic in Sherman (or the TOUR de POSSUM, in Texarkana) on sept 14.
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The start is chaotic to say the least, between the roller bladers,
families with kids on 20inch wheel bikes, wankers who think
this is a mass start RACE it can be a little daunting.
I was wondering if the fact that the organizers cancelled the race this year would have any effect on the ride. Something for them to reconsider next year...

Nice ride report
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Old 08-27-02, 12:04 PM   #9
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Marty -

Nice ride report add congrats on the new bike.

Regarding your cramping, I feel your pain!

This happened to me quite a few years ago trying to do a century in MD when the temps were 100+. I was riding with several other guys and we were riding pretty fast averaging around 20 mph when I started to cramp up at around the 80 mile mark, so I dropped off the pace. I sat under a tree for bit and to try and cool down before getting back on the bike. I could see from the cue sheet that I could cut off the last 10-15 miles. Everything was OK until I saw the school at the start/finish, then BOTH legs just totally seized up! It was sheer agony just trying to pedal into the parking lot. I yelled out that I couldn't get off the bike and a couple of guys had to lift me off the bike to lay me out on the grass. Unfortunately one of the women was a masseuse and went to work on my legs for abut 20 minutes while someone else handed me a beer. The comment from one of my wise guy buddies was --- "Nice muscle definition!". My legs were sore for about 4-5 days afterwards.
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Well done Marty and a well done to your wife. Thanks for the report. Our heat index gets to around 105 down here and on days like that I don't ask more than around 20 or so miles of myself. How you managed the long course in that heat is hard to fathom. I'm totally in awe.
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