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    Polo Field Century Saturday July 18

    This morning I had intended to join the "hills of San Francisco" ride @ 9:45. I left my place around 8 and was going to do an hour on the Polo Fields as a warm-up, but instead I stayed for nearly 4 hours (3:43 actually) and rode 80 miles (120) laps.

    I would have done the full century, but I had to be home by noon. So, I think I'll do the century next Saturday instead. Some people may think it's crazy, but it's incredibly efficient training. No stopping for stop signs or stoplights, no coasting on the downhills, just hours of nonstop pedaling.

    So, if you want to join me next Saturday, let me know. I'll plan to start @ 8am sharp & finish by 12:45.
    Also, feel free to come by anytime & say hi or join me for a few laps.

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    This is really cool. Wish I could make it.

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    I'm actually pretty intrigued, although I suspect that I'd never last that long in your wake. I assume that it's pancake flat?

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    I think I'd get dizzy
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    I would like to try it out sometime. That sounds like fun, though I do not know if I would have the patience for about 150 laps.

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    We'd talked about this for a while... glad it's got a date and will happen.
    Are you cutting back on the races for a little while?

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    I'm taking a couple weeks off from racing then doing:

    July 25-26 Masters District Championships RR & Crit
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    Chris,

    I may join you guys. I need to get back into shape after the wedding/honeymoon (no riding, eating lots, etc, etc).

    What about water? One in the jersey, two on the bike?? Will 3 bottles get you through, or is there a water "stop" halfway for a quick fill?

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    I did 80 miles with 2 bottles today, so I think we can do 100 with 3. There is a water fountain just outside the track.

    And yes, it's pancake flat.

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    If there's enough guys we can shoot for sub 4 hours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man View Post
    I did 80 miles with 2 bottles today, so I think we can do 100 with 3. There is a water fountain just outside the track.

    And yes, it's pancake flat.
    You can probably just leave a liter or two of water somewhere on the track under the bleachers or someplace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    If there's enough guys we can shoot for sub 4 hours
    I will make sure not to join you guys on that day. I would die after 20 miles of trying to keep up. Besides, my pace-lining is not all that efficient. Today was actually my first day ever trying it out. Needs a bit of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    If there's enough guys we can shoot for sub 4 hours
    That would be tough. I was thinking of starting at 20mph for the 1st hour, the gradually picking it up after that and finishing at around 24-25mph.

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    What? You mean you don't want to pull us at 25mph for 4 hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    What? You mean you don't want to pull us at 25mph for 4 hours?
    Oh wait, I wouldn't have to pull at all? I like the idea of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle16 View Post
    Oh wait, I wouldn't have to pull at all? I like the idea of that.
    Well, if no one else shows up I'll have to pull the whole way anyway.
    So feel free to show up and sit on. Though if anyone else wants to pull, I'll be happy to rest for a lap or 2..

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    How is the traffic there these days, specifically soccer game related? Been thinking of heading there on my track bike, but a couple scares last year have me scared.

    btw, what exactly is a thesaurus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man View Post
    Well, if no one else shows up I'll have to pull the whole way anyway.
    So feel free to show up and sit on. Though if anyone else wants to pull, I'll be happy to rest for a lap or 2..
    Oh, I will actually be out of town this weekend, but I like the idea of trying this out if done again in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pelikan View Post
    How is the traffic there these days, specifically soccer game related? Been thinking of heading there on my track bike, but a couple scares last year have me scared.

    btw, what exactly is a thesaurus?
    I think the field has been closed for a few weeks. I haven't seen anyone playing soccer or doing anything else on the infield lately. Last Saturday there were only about half a dozen other cyclists the whole time I was out there. Hopefully this Saturday will be quiet too.

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    I might head out and give some beer handups near the end

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    Quote Originally Posted by arexjay View Post
    I might head out and give some beer handups near the end

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    This looks like a lot of fun. Would it be bad form if one (me) should join in say around 10 or 10:30 and do about 30 to 45 minutes before peeling out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1jacktripper View Post
    This looks like a lot of fun. Would it be bad form if one (me) should join in say around 10 or 10:30 and do about 30 to 45 minutes before peeling out?
    Not at all. It was pretty lonely out there on Saturday and I welcome anyone coming by, even for a few laps.

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    Weather forecast looks good for the 1st Polo Field Century tomorrow.
    Start temp should be around 59 degrees, getting up to 70 by the end.
    It looks like there will be some wind from the west, starting off at about 6mph and building.

    I'll be posting live twitter updates to:

    http://twitter.com/christophipps
    (you can do that when there are no cars around)

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    I will be there at the start. Not sure if I'm in for the full 100, but I'll see how it goes...

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