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    Senior Member skiffrun's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiffrun View Post
    1. stay alive, unless or until the other is the better option,
    2. have fun.

    I've done pretty well keeping to those goals:
    SR earlier this year.

    Yesterday, riding solo thru intermittent sprinkle and rain showers and one SERIOUS downpour with very close lightning from about 20-miles-to-go thru about 15-miles-to-go, sometimes cutting through half-an-inch to an inch (or maybe more) of rain-water puddling-on or using the road as a riverbed, the smiling and laughing about all the rain started with about 50-miles-to-go ... so, yeah, I had fun! ... AND I notched my R-36-continuous streak.

    For those that are unfamiliar, here is the link to the RUSA website description of the R-12 award.
    RUSA (currently) only recognizes R-12, and multiple R-12 awards; there is no "continuous-streak" award (yet).
    But, in certain parts of the country, we just keep riding and counting.

    Anyway, R-36 goal attained.
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    Goals for later in the year?

    P-24 in December.
    (The P-12 is similar to the R-12 award, but only RUSA def'n populaires and permanent-populaires (100-199 kms) count.)

    I SERIOUSLY doubt I'll be doing the Taste of Carolina 1200 in October, so that is not even a secret goal.

    But I might have a secret / not-so-secret goal (click-here for a not-so-subtle hint).
    Enjoy the ride.

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    I forgot about this thread, but if you start during daylight hours on anything shorter than a 600k, you are wasting those daylight hours. I think it also has to do with RUSA's push to encourage RBA's to force people to ride at night. I know the first 400k I did was a bit of a disaster because my front lights weren't up to 5 hours of rain. Actually, one of them wasn't up to working for more than a half hour due to a bug in the controller, but I hadn't tested it longer than my commute.

    Our RBA just went to a policy of 2 lights front and back mounted to the frame for any ride that might end up involving night riding. Sort of an OT rant: I don't know why some people don't take their own safety more seriously. I have always been amazed by the people that think a light hanging off of a rear bag and pointing in random directions was doing them any good.

    I was hoping to be a little faster by this time of the year, but frequent torrential rains have been cutting into my riding time. That, and taking care of my wife after her surgery. Felt good on my 200k yesterday, but I am still not into peak climbing form. Endless Mountains is coming up quickly.
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    Senior Member joewein's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    Our RBA just went to a policy of 2 lights front and back mounted to the frame for any ride that might end up involving night riding. Sort of an OT rant: I don't know why some people don't take their own safety more seriously. I have always been amazed by the people that think a light hanging off of a rear bag and pointing in random directions was doing them any good.
    To join your OT rant: When I had a wedge shaped tool bag on my saddle that didn't move about much, a light attached to its vertical back side worked OK, but not with my bigger saddle bag.

    My local randoneuring club requires two front and two rear lights on 300 km with night starts and on all 400 km and longer rides. One rear light has to be attached to the frame, the other rear light can be a helmet light. A couple of months ago I showed up at a 200 km with the non-helmet light attached to the Carradice saddle bag and received a warning, but was still allowed to start.

    They definitely had a point and since then I have switched to two rear lights (2 x Cateye Rapid 3) attached to seat stays. I also kept the helmet rear light (Cateye Omni 3) which is great because it's high up, like a third brake light on a car and it shows people when I move my head to check behind me for lane changes, turns etc. I am very happy with that combination.

    I am still aiming to get in my first brevet ride of 400 km or more this year. Next month I should complete 12 months of one Century per month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiffrun View Post
    But I might have a secret / not-so-secret goal (click-here for a not-so-subtle hint).
    no medal, so it doesn't count. I would like to do the 1000k ToC, but I don't think it will happen

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