It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.
I hope your recovery goes well and that you get back to full fitness!
I tore a tendon and messed up some muscles in my arm in November. I couldn't move it for nearly 6 weeks whilst it was healing, but things are much better now.
I quite fancy trying the Hoodoo some time - it'd be a good excuse to go see Utah, just like RAO was a good excuse to see Oregon!
I think you'd kick butt on the Hoo Doo. It's really a beautiful ride too. The climbing is kind of similar to the 508 but it's pretty buch all above 6000ft in elevation which makes it harder than the 508 IMO. You should definitely put it on your to-do list.
This has been my year for injury, I tore a tendon in my thumb earlier in the year and had to have it surgically repaired too. Once a person turns 50 it seems the body starts to fall apart...
It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.
Most I've done in a day is 320 k and that was cycling time of 14 hours, was really proud of it until I read all about your heroic rides
I also like to hike a lot. Back in the days when I weighed more like 280-290 people assumed someone that size was totally inactive and seemed surprised when I'd hike 15-20 miles across the moors in a day and enjoy every minute of it.
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I've been concidering as of lately to try some brevets of longer distances. I think that I also need to pace myself at a little bit slower speed. I recently did a race ride in florida that was 170 miles or 270km. I ended up not stopping at all while racing another endurance racer on a recumbent. I didn't feel too bad at all at the end of the ride...... not how I thought I would feel, but to continue at that pace would have probably put me into some major deficit. I ended up doing the 170 miles in 7 hours 4 minutes 43 seconds for an average speed of 23.38 mph. Moving speed was generally 26 to 30mph but got stuck at some stop lights so that ate up the average speed a bit. I would like to do a 300 km but at a 20mph pace might be better.
That's an impressive speed. On our local rides, it would mean you rode the entire thing solo, which can suck a lot of the fun out of it, as there's no one else averaging close to that speed.
On a typical brevet, you'll have controls every 30-60 miles, so you'll have several stops along the way.
On a brevet, you do also have an opening time at a control. Not many of us ride fast enough for that to be an issue, but be aware of it. If you're anticipating beating that time consistently, probably the best approach is to just slow the average speed down so you're in that much better shape as you go along.
It looks like you live in Florida, so basically flat? Be aware that if there are any hills available, the rando routes may seek them out. Ideally, they'd like for all the routes to be hilly enough that when poeple come to PBP, they can do the hills there okay. In reality, that's just not possible in some places, but they'll do what they can.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
There's a newly minted RBA in the Detroit area. Hmmn -- only one RUSA ride to his credit.
Link to the website: http://detroitrandonneurs.org/
There are links to the maps for the 200 & 300 in May & June, respectively.
Not as much climbing as is often the case with brevets.
I am not familiar with Detroit and Ann Arbor, etc.; but that looks like a LOT of city riding.
Not "my cup of tea," but ...
Enjoy the ride.
Doing it in a big group helps in a big way. I did 335 miles with over 14000 feet elevation in a bit under 17 hours. Was not all that difficult since i was sheltered from the wind most of the way. We were maybe 45 riders in to groups alternating taking front positions.
I don't know it was mentioned, but Mike Hall broke the world record in cycling around the globe and he did 200 miles a day...but every day for 3 months.
To me anything over 250km is limited not by my physical condition, but by tbe will to ride. Once I hit hour 11 I'm looking at my bike with minor distaste. Hour 12? Get me off this thing! I really respect those who can push themselves to ride for 24 hours without going nuts... Last weekend after 4 attempts I finally managed to complete a 220km ride. So many variables. Food, weather, people you ride with. Riding a century is easy. Beyond that requires planning.