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Old 03-14-10, 01:13 PM   #1
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Did a Computrainer century yesterday!

Well, Reno has been so winter harsh, I've done virtually NO street riding on my road bike (10-15 mountain bike rides on snow covered singletrack and a little roadwork to get there but that's all). What I have been doing is training with racers quite a bit younger than me at the local shop (owner has an awesome training room set up in the loft area of the shop(Great Basin Bicycles in Reno). I've been averaging 105 miles weekly, for the last 7 months....if you've ever done Computrainer you know it's at least 20% more concentrated than the actual road because there is absolutely no "rest rolling" or coasting or breaks.
This is all in preparation for my "8 centuries in 8 days" to the Grand Canyon in June (Bob trailer, sleeping on ground).
ANYWAYS, the purpose of this post is to brag....yesterday I started on the Computrainer @ 7 am and rode straight through the day @ avg. 17.8 mph for 101 miles! I'm really happy with the outcome, I sure felt it in my legs and overall energy level but I'm ready for more this next morning!
This week I'm, registering for the "Devil's Gate One Hundred" next month (across Death Valley), I'll sure take pics and post the results!
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Old 03-15-10, 01:48 AM   #2
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Congratulations!

Every winter I think about doing a trainer century. To be realistic for me, it would have to be at least 8 hours on the trainer, and these days more like 9 hours. But every winter I have been able to ride outside enough to avoid doing a trainer century.

The longest I've ridden a trainer is 4 hours. I watched a 2-hour movie and pedalled all the way through ... at the end of the movie, I hopped off to use the toilet, refill my bottle, grab a bite to eat, and change the movie. Then I pedalled all the way through another 2-hour movie.
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Nice job! My best on a trainer was 80 miles last January. Similar setup: DVDs in the changer, took a 5 minute break on the hour, pedalled for 55 minutes.
I recently switched to rollers, which would make a century more interesting inside. Can't just let the trainer do the balance work for you.
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Thanks for the supportive comments you guys, like I said, I'm signing up for the Devils Gate 100 in Death Valley(April 2nd).....can't wait to see the benefits of all this indoor pain! Not to sound cocky or anything but I think it should be quite a fun, somewhat challanging but not painful ride. I'll post the experience after the event. Raydog
(ps if I'm humbled by the ride, I'll post that too!)
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More power to you. For me, though, one reason I ride a bike is that it is fun exercise, and if I had to sit in the living room to do it, I'd go find some other exercise. Mountain hiking was great, as was snowshoeing, when we lived up in Colorado, and uses a lot of the same muscles, and can be done pretty much year round.
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More power to you. For me, though, one reason I ride a bike is that it is fun exercise, and if I had to sit in the living room to do it, I'd go find some other exercise. Mountain hiking was great, as was snowshoeing, when we lived up in Colorado, and uses a lot of the same muscles, and can be done pretty much year round.
So true, but remember two things.....first, it's not in my living room, it's in a training room with many other cyclists and a wall that has amazing graphics, you can draft, it shows heartrate, watts, mph, etc. plus with the comraderie, it's really fun! Second, it doesn't mean I don't ski, mountain bike ride and go for walks, I'm not under house arrest! Raydog
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Good points. I'm remembering some of the roadforum guys talking about their "torture chambers" or whatever the term was.
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Congratulations on the trainer century. I find that doing long distances on the trainer is made much easier by having a virtual reality trainer like the Tacx or Elite - your wheel speed controls the rate the real-life video on the computer screen advances, and the amount of resistance matches the gradient of the road shown. As well as real-life videos taken of classic routes, there are virtual reality courses that have lots of fun features to keep you entertained. I can't imagine doing a trainer session without having anything to look at or motivate me to keep going like this does.
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Nice going! The best I've ever managed was 5 hours/80 miles on the trainer.
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Wait a second... Is it really a century if you never went anywhere?
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Wait a second... Is it really a century if you never went anywhere?
Good question, if you ask my legs, they say heck yes!
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Well, whenever I've ridden a century, I ended up back where I started, so the net movement was zero there, too.
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Someone posted this on the Lone Star Randonneurs page:
http://vimeo.com/4814321
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Someone posted this on the Lone Star Randonneurs page:
http://vimeo.com/4814321
Funny you should post that....I just saw it on the Fat Cyclist blog yesterday! www.fatcyclist.com Apparently this year he is holding the 3rd annual ride to nowhere as a charity event for LiveStrong. That video was from one of last years participants.
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Well you guys....last Saturday was the Computrainer Century.....this Saturday (tomorrow @ 6am) is my FIRST REAL CENTURY of the year! I just went from a nine to a ten speed rear cassette (Ultegra), took the gummy roller tire off the rear, and I'm ready. Nearby Reno is a road that just goes straight across nothing for 100 miles (to a little town called Gerlach), I'm going to park my truck at a truck stop @ Interstate 80 and that road and just start, northbound for 50 miles (on my cyclometer) turn around and go back to the truck! My MP-3 is charged up, a have water, and I can't wait to see how it all feels!
Since there are no major hills, no traffic, the day is supposed to be without wind and 70 degrees....I should have no excuses and this should be a great indicator of my level of conditioning.
I'll report back tomorrow afternoon. Cheers, Doyle
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OK, here's the report.....I left at 7am and rode out a country road in Northern Nevada 51 miles, turned around and rode back to the truck. I did it! It was great till mile 80 when I hit a dam 20 mph headwind, the last 20 were at 8-11 mph! That was painful. There were a lot of up and down hills.
Anyways, the great thing is, my endurance was abundant and SOLEY from riding a Computrainer in the winter. I'm very pleased and confident now that I will be able to string 8 centuries together in 8 days in June.
I averaged 13.8 mph which includes the really slow last part. I used 4 water bottles (no civilization where I rode). It started @ 34 degrees and topped out @ 60 degrees. I wore neo toe covers, long sleeve wicking shirt under jersey and full finger gloves and never took em off.
Thanks for reading. Raydog
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You are a dog - that looks too good to be true for riding. But of course, you can't see the wind or the temp in a photo. Good luck.
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You are a dog - that looks too good to be true for riding. But of course, you can't see the wind or the temp in a photo. Good luck.
I know the pics look optimal for riding and most of the time it was great BUT when the jacked up 4wd hick uneducated pick ups drove by going out to shoot their 50 caliber Howitzers in the wilderness.....they went by at 80 mph and I could feel the air from their rear view mirrors! Even BIG RIG tanker trucks @ 70 mph gave me more scope....bless the real truckers! I hate dirtbags (which is sad cause I'm an openminded liberal!).
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$3.09 for regular out in the middle of nowhere? That's less than it's going for here in the SF bay area.
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Good job, Raydog! Did you take your BOB along for the ride? I`ve been riding already (zero drives to work so far in 2010- yay!), but finally started going "long" with a mini tour this weekend. Lemmon Valley to Dayton by the flat route on Sat, then over the mountain through VC for the return. Still not up to century level, but I`m taking it slow this year. I can feel in my knees that I was already on the verge of overdoing it.

A route suggestion for next time, if you`re interrested- unless you want to do time comparrisons on 447, 395 North is almost as flat and has a bigger variety of scenery with an awesome shoulder at least as far as Doyle, which should get you your 50 each way if you start in town. It`s 40 miles on the nose for me and I`m 13 miles from McCarran. Or if you cut off on 70, you add that big dip right at the junction, but it`s a pretty mild and steady grade all the way to Quincy after that, and even prettier.

EDIT: Whoops- sorry. Doyle is 40 miles via Redrock Rd and 395. Probably about 6 or 7 miles less sticking to the highway.

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Good job, Raydog! Did you take your BOB along for the ride? I`ve been riding already (zero drives to work so far in 2010- yay!), but finally started going "long" with a mini tour this weekend. Lemmon Valley to Dayton by the flat route on Sat, then over the mountain through VC for the return. Still not up to century level, but I`m taking it slow this year. I can feel in my knees that I was already on the verge of overdoing it.


A route suggestion for next time, if you`re interrested- unless you want to do time comparrisons on 447, 395 North is almost as flat and has a bigger variety of scenery with an awesome shoulder at least as far as Doyle, which should get you your 50 each way if you start in town. It`s 40 miles on the nose for me and I`m 13 miles from McCarran. Or if you cut off on 70, you add that big dip right at the junction, but it`s a pretty mild and steady grade all the way to Quincy after that, and even prettier.

EDIT: Whoops- sorry. Doyle is 40 miles via Redrock Rd and 395. Probably about 6 or 7 miles less sticking to the highway.
Thanks SO MUCH for your timely comments! I've been trying to figure out my next route for the next long one and 447 is OUT forever....simply no shoulder. 395 sounds perfect so that's the plan. I think one more bike only century then I'll hook up the trailer and start with a 40-50 mile trailer ride. Your VC ride may not have been a century but it was still a heck of a loop! Doyle
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