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Old 08-22-08, 12:01 PM   #1
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Howdy from North Carolina

Hey all - I'm a noob, I mean a "newbie", here.

I reside in both Maiden,NC (weekdays) & Moravian Falls,NC (weekends).

I've just gotten back into biking a few months ago; been out of it for 12yrs. I used to commute to work on my bike, down in town in Charlotte,NC, back in the mid '90's.

I do all my riding in the foothills and mountains of western NC. I've recently started doing some long mountain rides and century rides: "RAW" ride; "Roan Moan"; "BRB-100", and I've just decided to try the "Tour De Gaps" ride, out of Mt. Airy,NC tomorrow. I've also signed on to try Bridge to Bridge (aka.."Mall 2 Meadow") in Sept.

My favorite training ride, for anyone familiar with the Wilkesboro - Brush Mtn area, is:

from Brushy Mtn VFD down the back side of the brushies to Linney's Mill
Left on Linneys Mill over to 115
make U-turn going back to Brushy Mtn
Brushy Mtn to Left on W. Country Club Dr
Left on some stupid little road (just before you get to Hwy 16) that has no signs at either end to tell you what they call it!
Merge into E. Brocktown
Left on Lithia Springs
Right on Brushy Mtn back to start (about a mile from my house)

...it's 40 mile loop, with LOTS of steep hill climbing!

I hope to run into you on one of my weekend training rides, or at one of the local Century rides.

Cheers!
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Old 08-23-08, 01:16 AM   #2
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Unlikely I'll see you on one of those rides, but perhaps I'll see you on the Long Distance cycling Forum. I'm trying to work my distance up to make century rides "no big deal".

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[QUOTE=USAZorro;7327245]Unlikely I'll see you on one of those rides, but perhaps I'll see you on the Long Distance cycling Forum. I'm trying to work my distance up to make century rides "no big deal".

What do you mean by "no big deal"? Do you mean: doable; doable in a "respectable" time; or do you mean to the point where you'd be able to complete them with such regularity and non chalance that they're no longer a challenge?

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I would go for either definition, myself! I can do metric centuries without any issues, but for some reason, an imperial century is just miserable .

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Perhaps, though one persons "misery", is another's (welcomed) tough challenge.

The "trick", for me at least, is the reward found in the sheer accomplishment and triumph of it, which tends to outweigh the pains endured while doing it. There will be pains, for sure, but if pains equate to "agony" -- then you're either: too out of condition for such an undertaking; pushing yourself too hard while doing it; not keeping properly fueled and hydrated; or have some kind of equipment and/or equipment fitment, problem - IMHO.

I enjoy the challenge of them. If/when they ever get to be "no big deal" to me, I'll probably stop doing them. I hope that day never comes.
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Actually, a lot of it has to do with being out in sun and glare for too long. Sun combined with glare is a migraine trigger for me, and there's no way to avoid getting a migraine. Even with more than adequate hydration, it's just a bit over my tolerance.

So, metrics are cool, imperials are not.

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Well then I empathize with you with the migraines. I've never had the (dis)pleasure, but I understand they can be brutal and debilitating.

Without getting too velodromatic, by resorting to cycling indoors, could you not seek shelter from the sun and glare, like bicycling in Seattle or something?
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Without getting too velodromatic, by resorting to cycling indoors, could you not seek shelter from the sun and glare, like bicycling in Seattle or something?



I live in Kent, Washington. I moved here specifically to get away from the heat and glare of California!

So, I don't get as many migraines, but I still get them. I've learned to respect my physical limits, and just enjoy the metrics .

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....now if you lived in London
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....now if you lived in London
hehehehehe...

I think my body is longing to be back where I was bred and born--just outside of Manchester, Lancashire. Now THERE'S a wet, wild, and wonderful place .

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