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Old 03-26-10, 04:27 PM   #1
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"it's just a short ride"

Good luck to everyone riding a 200k tomorrow. I'm off to Quakertown to ride the PA 200k.
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Hope you have as good a day for your 200 as we did last Sat: sunny and a high of 68f!

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Pretty crappy weather in the Northeast. I'm kind of glad something else came up. Trying the 200K on 4/10 instead.
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That was my first brevet in 2007. This years edition is under way as I type this. I hope everyone is having a fine ride.
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Old 03-28-10, 12:12 AM   #6
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it was cold and I had massive leg cramps starting at about 40 miles. I was lucky to finish in time. In fact, I used the entire time allowed.
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Yeah - cold weather can really cause a "short ride" to seem very long indeed. And in wind or rain, and it can become a near life and death struggle.

Many years ago, I rode a 300k in Kentucky, in April. Should have been and "easy" ride - but a thunder shower and strong winds - and my failure to bring "all weather" gear left me in a dangerous situation.

Luckily, a convenience store, some hot soup and a a pair new "work gloves" (dry) - saved the day.
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Sorry to hear about the leg cramps. I find that Endurolytes always make the cramps go away. I know there are umpteen theories of cramps, including dehydration, undernutrition, cold/hot, undertraining, etc. Regardless, the Endurolytes have been a hundred percent effective in eliminating cramps, for me.

We rode the Urbana 200Km, which was also cold and somewhat windy all day. This year, the route was reversed from last year, so the first 11 miles is easy until you get to an extended 15 percent grade up MarLu Ridge. Unterhausen, that terrain that had you hurting so badly at the start of the ride last year, was all at the end this year -- so the final 50 miles from Smithsburg over Catoctin, out to Union Bridge, and then down to Thurmont was just one grind-it-out-in-the-granny gear climb after another. We gotta get ourselves an easier, less tandem-antagonistic "first 200Km of the year" ride! (I put it in quotes, because with a 200Km club ride nearly every month, there isn't really a "first of the year" anymore.)

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... We gotta get ourselves an easier, less tandem-antagonistic "first 200Km of the year" ride! ...
Nick, you were riding a tandem?? What kind of tandem do you own?
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... We gotta get ourselves an easier, less tandem-antagonistic "first 200Km of the year" ride! ...

Please do. I'm waiting for the 4/10 for that very reason.

Run it after the rest of the cycle is done, and bill it as the "toughest 200k east of the Mississippi".
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as seems common with me, I had enduralytes and forgot about them until over 80 miles in. They tend to really upset my stomach. I think eating both helped and hurt, if that makes any sense. Fortunately, 13 1/2 hours is a really long time. I seem to be having too many epic rides, gotta quit that.
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Congrats Unter! Just finishing is an accomplishment. It's always interesting to see how much thought and discussion is put into "doing a century" - until you start Randonneuring and realize that is a short ride.

Two buddies and I did a 200k perm from Brookshire to Ehlinger and back near Houston. One of em dropped out due to combination of factors, but we finished with daylight to spare.

20MPH+ headwinds heading out, but once we got turned around it was a good ride back in!

No cramps but I do want to try Endurolytes.

Started riding last March, started Rando in December, and now 1/4 way to my R12 I am so hooked on Randonneuring, now I gotta aim for a 300k and maybe 400k.
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