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    +1 Endorphin addict. I find I can't get comfortable on the bike until 70-80 miles into a ride.

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    I haven't done a lot of long distance cycling, but what I have done has given me a sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy the sense of living in the moment, whether it's on a familiar 15-mile ride near my house, or an all-day ride into the neighboring states.

    When I started out, I was a lot slower than you. On my first (and so far only) 200K (with about 6000 feet of climbing) I averaged 12.6 mph--that's moving average, so it doesn't count the stops. On the 170K populaire I did last fall, my moving average was actually a little less, 12.5 mph, though that had about 9000 feet of climbing. I was the last person doing the ride as a populaire to finish, but not by a huge margin. (I think there were others riding without being timed who were either slower than me or who started later.) Don't let speed put you off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianogilvie View Post
    I haven't done a lot of long distance cycling, but what I have done has given me a sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy the sense of living in the moment, whether it's on a familiar 15-mile ride near my house, or an all-day ride into the neighboring states.

    When I started out, I was a lot slower than you. On my first (and so far only) 200K (with about 6000 feet of climbing) I averaged 12.6 mph--that's moving average, so it doesn't count the stops. On the 170K populaire I did last fall, my moving average was actually a little less, 12.5 mph, though that had about 9000 feet of climbing. I was the last person doing the ride as a populaire to finish, but not by a huge margin. (I think there were others riding without being timed who were either slower than me or who started later.) Don't let speed put you off.
    I always rationalise my slowness as getting more value for my money (as in entry fee). And if the countryside is nice, I get to see more of it, rather than have my nose stuck to the front wheel.

    But speed on longer rides (over 400km) does have the advantage of offering you more sleep time.

    I should also elaborate a little on my previous post.

    There is a certain degree of planning needed to get through, say, a 1000 or 1200. And it starts with the short rides. Stuff like rehydration and refuelling routines, bike maintenance, equipment and adjustment, lighting, having the right apparel, getting the right amount of rest, and hygiene issues. If you get all that right in the short rides and extrapolate into the longer ones, you will be fine.

    One of the things that really helped me not only in riding long events but also in other parts of my life was to look at an event and to ride it in increments. That old riddle: "How do you eat an elephant? One mouthful at a time" really does apply to all the big things in our lives, including how to start and finish a randonnee.

    I often pick a familiar short ride (say a 25km out-and-back on Whanregarwen Rd, for example), and use that in multiples to calculate how far and how long I have to go to the finish of an event, starting about 100km out.
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    Want to ride long distances? Hell, the only thing I want is the pin. If they`d just sell me the danged thing without having to ride so far first, I`d order it and RUSA would miss out on my entrance fees!
    Warning: I`ve got a 24t granny ring and I ain`t afraid to use it!

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    we ride for the medals

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    we ride for the medals
    I have a box full of them somewhere if you'd like one. In all truth I kind of did that too for a while. If not the medal, the jersey, the plaque, whatever. I kind of prefer getting the "jersey" now just because medals end up in a box somewhere while with a jersey you can at least take your memories out for a ride.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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    The medals thing is a bit of a joke, when I started I decided I wasn't going to buy any medals. However, Tom Rosenbauer, the Eastern PA RBA makes a really nice display for you if you ride his full SR series.

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