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    Besides just more miles in general I have a couple of long distance goals for this summer:

    Complete a gravel century at an organized event
    Solo century+ rides at least a couple times a month
    Complete a century in 6 hrs or less at an organized event
    Do a weekend or other multi-day bike trip
    Lead, follow or get out of the way

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    last june was my first century, last september was my first 200k, and this may i'd like to try my hand at 300k. will need to do a 200k this month or april to test the legs!

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    We're just over halfway through the year ... how are the goals coming along?


    I'm still not doing so well at meeting goals, but I did want to ride at least one century this year, and I've done that.

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    I almost finished my double century Tuesday past. I was feeling really fresh and in high spirits towards the end, but got a little lost and ran out of enthusiasm for listening to another 3 hours of This American Life.

    Maybe next week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacque Lucque View Post
    I almost finished my double century Tuesday past. I was feeling really fresh and in high spirits towards the end, but got a little lost and ran out of enthusiasm for listening to another 3 hours of This American Life.

    Maybe next week!
    Clearly you spent too much time making cool photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    Clearly you spent too much time making cool photos.
    It's my trade, so I'll say it's my duty as opposed to a great excuse to rest my weary knees.
    Compromise breeds adventure.

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    I didn't set many goals this year. One was to do D2R2 again; that's coming up in a couple weeks. Last year I did the 100K; this time around, I think I'll do 115K. On hilly dirt roads, that's plenty! I'm doing the Great River Ride out of Westfield, Massachusetts, again in October; last year I did the 170K RUSA Populaire route; this year the RBA has applied for a 200K brevet route and if that's approved, I might give it a go. Then a week after that, I'm doing Fat Cyclist's 100 Miles of Nowhere century.
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    if I finish the Appalachian Adventure, all I need is a populaire to earn a RUSA cup. The 1000k should earn me a Randonneur 5000 from ACP. I just ride for the medals -- and the sleep deprivation
    Randonneuring -- it's touring for people that aren't smart enough to stop for the night.
    It's a wonderful sport when you can make up for a lack of ability with a lack of sleep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    We're just over halfway through the year ... how are the goals coming along?

    I'm still not doing so well at meeting goals, but I did want to ride at least one century this year, and I've done that.
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    * My first full SR series. That's pretty much it, apart from my plan to ride more all around.
    Been failing pretty hard so far this year. Torrential rain and other things gobbled up all of my weekends during the spring season (I had wanted to do the whole series this year as a dry run), so now I'm somewhat doubtful of being able to do PBP next year. Now is the time we need to be making our hotel and travel arrangements, right?
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    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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    I haven't made any arrangements at all. It's a bit of a tradition to do a first SR series and PBP. Assuming you are still in Iowa, I would try to get up to Minnesota and do one of the ACP 200k's they have on the calendar, I'm thinking that will pretty much guarantee that you can preregister for PBP.
    Randonneuring -- it's touring for people that aren't smart enough to stop for the night.
    It's a wonderful sport when you can make up for a lack of ability with a lack of sleep

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Now is the time we need to be making our hotel and travel arrangements, right?
    You've got lots of time ... I didn't make hotel arrangements until after my 400K in late May, less than 3 months before the PBP. And I wouldn't have booked my flight until after my 600K in early June, about 2 months before the PBP. I've never liked making advanced travel plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacque Lucque View Post
    [URL="http://mycountry.cc/post/93981965081/scottish-double-century"]... and ran out of enthusiasm for listening to another 3 hours of This American Life.
    I can only take about 40 minutes of "This American Life" at a time.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Been failing pretty hard so far this year. Torrential rain and other things gobbled up all of my weekends during the spring season, so now I'm somewhat doubtful of being able to do PBP next year. (I had wanted to do the whole series this year as a dry run.) Now is the time we need to be making our hotel and travel arrangements, right?
    In 2011, my friend Robert didn't know about PBP until AFTER Jan-01-2011:
    http://irregularveloadventures.blogs.../08/rides.html

    The Goal
    Joining RUSA in Jan 2011, I heard about this 1200k PBP ride early in the year. That would be fun to try.... oh, it is only every 4 years, oh, it is August 2011...this year. Ummm. What is involved? Must qualify with 200, 300, 400 and 600k rides in 2011. I have never done more than 200k (125 miles) but lets try this thing out... wish is was in 2012 though.

    Prep Work
    Plan for the 4 qualifying rides starting in February and finished in May. Ok completed that... I can ride 600k.

    He had a great adventure. No reason you can't have one, too.
    Enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    I haven't made any arrangements at all...
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    You've got lots of time ...
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    He had a great adventure. No reason you can't have one, too.
    Thanks for the encouraging feedback, folks. I will keep PBP 2015 in my sights, then.
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    Since people have started talking PBP in here, anyone know what in the way of domestic-USA and Canada 1000ks or 1200ks are rumored for the schedule next year? I know the official list won't be out for a while yet.

    Back on topic -- My goal this year was to get faster and see if I liked longer rides. Both accomplished! While I opted out of our local very-hilly 600ks due to worries of not being fast enough yet, the 400k was so much fun that I'm looking at aiming for a full series + a big ride next year. (Possibly a full series with a flat 600k for confidence-building and then the Vermont 600k and then a big ride.) The PBP crowds don't really appeal to me.

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    I think there were 5 domestic 1200k's in 2011. Not sure if there will be the same number next year or not.
    Randonneuring -- it's touring for people that aren't smart enough to stop for the night.
    It's a wonderful sport when you can make up for a lack of ability with a lack of sleep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Well, it's hard for me to set realistic goals because I have been cycling for only 11 months now. But I will tell you all what I'm thinking, subject to change because it may be overly ambitious. I will have to see as I get into it.

    One flat-ish century (in 4 days)
    One hilly century in 11 weeks (April)
    One moderately hilly 70 mi ride at altitude, 6 months from now (August)
    One hilly century at altitude, 7 months from now (September)
    And if all of that goes well, maybe a double century in December

    The first two are very realistic. I think I will know after the 70-mi ride at altitude if the century at altitude is reasonable. I'll also have to see if I want to keep up formalized training vs just riding in an unstructured way. So no promises on anything past the first two rides, I will just have to see how it goes.

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    Centuries 1 & 2: Done
    Added a 3rd Century in June, a tough one, 9000 ft of climbing, all in the first 60 miles.
    Added a Double Metric in June, with 7000ish feet climbing
    Added a rando-style 130 mi ride in July with two friends, 9880 ft climbing
    Decided to ride the century version of my 70-mile altitude ride, then caught in a lightning storm at the top of a summit and had to abort after only 50 miles
    Added an almost-Century 90 mile, 9880 ft climbing ride, tough because it had over 7000 ft climbing in the first 50 miles

    My altitude hilly/climbing century, 8000 ft climbing is still on the agenda for Sept and I added another tough one for October, around 10,000 ft climbing I think. And I did register for my first double, that is in December.

    So my year is going well so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    Big goal for 2014 will be the Hoodoo 500 on the fixie, just because there's a fixed-gear category, and there doesn't appear to be any record. I had noticed that the fixed gear category had disappeared from their web site around September, and when I sent an email query, they replied that riding the event on fixed gear was not recommended. But now I see it's back in. I am a firm believer in using the wrong bike for the event (none of this "having a stable of bikes for every purpose" for me! It's one track bike with brakes and a few component changes. So a track bike (with brakes) is perfect for hilly ultras!

    I also am planning on doing the Cino Heroica; I've actually found a set of slotted cleats that bolt to shoes with the Look 3-hole pattern, so I can use my old retro pedals in addition to the steel fixie. Not really ultra distances, but it's mostly gravel ("strada bianca"), so a fixie with 23mm tires should be appropriate. I had some light snow to practice on during my commutes so far this winter.
    OK, Hoodoo 500, check.

    Next week is the Cino Heroica. I'd better get the old pedals with toe clips on my steel fixie, and put the cleats on some road shoes! The ride requires a "heroic" bike. I'm also putting together an old De Rosa for my wife, with lots of my old parts I no longer use: Campag Super Record rear derailleur, Simplex retrofriction downtube shifters, clamp-on Campag front derailleur, etc.

    I also managed to get an SR series in there, along with the odd 300 km brevet (setting up for Hoodoo) as well as a populaire on gravel roads. I may also throw in a 1,000 km brevet to get an earlier registration time for PBP 2015.

    Luis

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    OK, Hoodoo 500, check.
    I saw you at the HooDoo since I was crewing for Team Griz! Amazing that you were able to do all those climbs (and descents!) on the fixed gear.

    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    I saw you at the HooDoo since I was crewing for Team Griz! Amazing that you were able to do all those climbs (and descents!) on the fixed gear.

    Rick / OCRR
    I was looking at my initial ride plan and comparing with the actuals from the result sheet. I was amazed at how much time I was losing on the climbs. I was fine until Escalante, and then I was suddenly 2.5 hours behind by the time I'd gotten over Boulder Mtn and into Loa. I just kept losing more time from then on, needing to sleep, needing to get into warmer clothes, find toilets, etc. The descents were almost as bad as the climbs, having to brake on the faster descents, like the 10-km drop from Cedar Breaks into Cedar City, which you can just bomb with a freewheel since it's completely non-technical. On the fixie, I had to hold the speed to around 50 kmh. The plan was to finish during daylight on Sunday, but that was totally out of the question. I was also mildly hallucinating on the second night. So I was happy just to finish.

    But for an 835-km course with about 10,000 meters of climbing, my time fits within my rule of thumb (although at the high limit): 25 kmh plus 1 hour for every 1,000 meters of climbing. So that's 33 hours + 10 = 43 hours, and I finished in 42h52. But that's supposed to be an outside limit, so there's potential to go faster on the fixie!

    In their race report they listed me as the "oldest finisher," but of course that was only among the solos. Team Griz was the 70-year-old team, right? You guys were right up there with the fast teams!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    In their race report they listed me as the "oldest finisher," but of course that was only among the solos. Team Griz was the 70-year-old team, right? You guys were right up there with the fast teams!
    Luis
    Yes Luis, The average age of our team was a bit over 70 years. We had four riders, two very fast and two fast enough. I was part of a 3 person crew so big picture it worked very well.

    We kept our riders on course, well fed and hydrated, plus we had a sleeping area in the 2nd car (Ford SUV) so they were able to sleep/rest as well. Also we didn't get rained on that first day.

    A fun event and very well oganized but still . . . I can't imagine doing that course on a fixed gear bike!

    Rick / OCRR

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