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    Family, Health, Cycling Lanceoldstrong's Avatar
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    Devil Mountain Double 2012 : Here I go again, who else?

    Well, here we go again.
    I hope no one has the tape of me saying never again, because I am going back for a second helping.

    I am doing the Devil Mountain Double again this year.
    Kind of a last minute decision but the planets have aligned and who am I to argue with the planets?
    Our resident astronomer cccorlew can explain more about the planets if he cares to illuminate.

    Last year at this time I was training exclusively for the DMD.
    I had 1325 miles and 110,527 feet of climbing.

    This year is a little different.
    I have 1578 miles and 77,751 feet of climbing.

    So, more miles and less climbing.
    But I have done two double centuries already and I am light of weight and strong of base.
    Now I am going to focus intensely on climbing for 3 weeks and then taper.

    Who else is sailing on this sea of madness?
    In Escendo Est Verum

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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    Who else would even consider such an arduous ride? It's madness. I would never even think of attempting such an insane undertaking.
    Oh, wait...well....

    The devil mountain double of death ride registration. by ccorlew, on Flickr
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    Wheres my snuggie? taxi777's Avatar
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    The verdict just came in...

    You're Nuts!

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    While I will not join you on the SS Craziness, I do admire your fortitude and ability to endure pain. I'm the deck swabby -- would much rather drive SAG than ride. Best wishes on your next crazy-*ss ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    The verdict just came in... You're Nuts!

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    I haven't signed up yet, but am seriously considering it. Last year I was unprepared due to rain and a long vacation before the event, hope to do better this year. That was also the very first time I rode up Mt Diablo and Sierra Road, so now I know what's in store

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    The verdict just came in...

    You're Nuts!
    Dan & Curtis:

    You realize, of course, that if Pete is the one declaring you to be nuts, there really is no more doubt . . . .

    Good luck - not that either of you will need it. You'll both do fine.
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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    I have my weight down to the lowest it has been as an adult, and I hope to lose a few more before the ride and hit 135.
    I've trained my butt off since January, and even pretty much given up on wine and beer just to save the calories and aid recovery after intervals.

    I'm not getting any younger, and if i don't try this now, i don't know when I ever will.

    When I told Lance Oldstrong I was going to sign up for DMD, as a good friend he tried to talk me out of it, but when that failed he — amazingly enough — said "Well, I'll ride it again and help you get through it."

    So he really is the crazy one. I can claim I don't know what I'm getting in to. He can't, yet he's giving it another go. It's almost like the WWII movie where the pilot takes one last run over axis territory just to support his buddy, beat the Nazis and protect the free world, even though his tour is up.

    Now if the kink in my leg following Solvang will let up I can start intervals in earnest again instead of just knocking myself senseless on my daily bike commute.

    As Apple says "Here's to the crazy ones...."
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    It's MY mountain DiabloScott's Avatar
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    Chapeau, Salute, and Good Legs.

    I was going to volunteer at a rest stop or drive sag but it's on my birthday and the wife will probably want to do something with me.

    I'd like to see a project plan though - maybe just the profile with expected clock time at important locations... so we can follow in real time sort of. Hey - can you tweet your progress? That'd be cool.
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    I have signed up. Plan to attempt it on my recumbent trike because I have gone insane :+)
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    My brain tweets:

    Start - So many red blinkies, is everyone listening to organizer Scott?

    Mt. Diablo summit - it's windy and cold and this descent is going to suck

    Morgan Territory - I pushed too hard on the steep bits and will pay for it later

    Livermore along 580 - There is a road race of some sort going on, maybe I can hop on a pace line

    Patterson Pass mini rest stop - Do you have any Red Bull to get me up that 20% grade? And turn off the wind please

    Mines Road rest stop - I just count those numbers on the road every mile or so to keep my spirits up right?

    Lunch - Food. Wonder what time those 6am riders that passed me hours ago are going to finish?

    HW 130 - This is the start of the back side of Hamilton? Oh it's the pre-climb climb

    Water stop - It's just 5.5 miles to the top…

    Hamilton descent - This one is not as fast or enjoyable as Diablo

    Crothers rest stop - Ice cream is the greatest food

    Sierra - Whatever gearing I have is the wrong one. Should not have burnt that match on Morgan Territory

    Pet the Goat - Coke please and my lights/warm clothes

    HW 84 Rest Stop - Hot Dog. Victory is just a few climbs away

    Crow Canyon - Blast these fast moving cars!

    Norris Canyon - Nail in the coffin, who came up with this $#@!% route!

    Marriott - Food please, ignore the random flailing of exhausted arms and legs.

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    I'm seriously thinking about it too. Still have to decide for sure.

    Quacks rock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    Chapeau, Salute, and Good Legs.

    I was going to volunteer at a rest stop or drive sag but it's on my birthday and the wife will probably want to do something with me.

    I'd like to see a project plan though - maybe just the profile with expected clock time at important locations... so we can follow in real time sort of. Hey - can you tweet your progress? That'd be cool.
    Volunteer early or late and have your day too. It would be great to see you out there.

    I'll carry my iPhone and if anyone cares enough I'll accept them as a friend-for-the-day on the friend finder app (free from apple) where you can track me like I'm on the Tour (except where cell phone coverage fails.) I used to shoot photos and stuff on rides, but lately they've become hard enough I don't have the energy for any distractions. I don't see myself tweeting much, but maybe we should encourage a dmd hash tag? #dmd is kinda cool. I wonder if we can get the general word out.
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    Good luck and God speed gentlemen.
    ride, enjoy, repeat

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    This will be our tenth year of doing support for DMD. We'll be at the water stop at the base of Hamilton, so say hello.

    Veronica

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    Work has decided for me ... I'm out (like I was really going to do it?) ... no volunteering either, which sucks.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    I will be sending periodic twitter updates the day of the ride. @LanceOdlstrong
    In Escendo Est Verum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    I will be sending periodic twitter updates the day of the ride. @LanceOdlstrong
    Following!

    The GPS on my phone has a thing to send my location to FB, but I keep my friends list really small so that wouldn't work for ride updates. Twitter's the way to go I think; although my phone never remembers who I am and logging in takes too long.
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    Ruth and I are in, riding the tandem.

    Doing the Davis 400k Brevet two weeks before should help... I hope.

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    Kudos to you gents.

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    dmd by ccorlew, on Flickr

    Yep. Gonna start anyway....
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    8 rides, 256 Miles and 40,752 feet of climbing since March 27th when I decided to do DMD again this year.

    Add to that the strong showing I had in the 2 doubles I rode in March
    and being all the way down to 174 pounds(very light for me) ...

    ... has me starting to this just might work.
    In Escendo Est Verum

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    Of course it's going to work.

    My only worry for you guys is that it's going to turn hot right before the ride and with no time to acclimate.

    Veronica

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    See you out there, LOS. I am not nearly as fit as last year and am about 10 lbs up, but hope to complete my third DMD. I have very few rides under my belt compared to last year (more 200ks, fewer 300ks). I did do the fleche over the weekend, close to 400k, and that was an exercise in endurance and sleep deprivation, so that should put this into perspective. We'll be doing Hamilton and Sierra out of Alum Rock tomorrow am.

    Anyway, I'll look for you (and V!). Is your wife volunteering this year? I want to be sure to say hi.

    I should go take the fenders off the Volagi....
    Sarah

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    Look for Mrs. Oldstrong at the Mt. Tam Doube / Pt. Reyes Rest Stop. We had a great time volunteering there last year.
    In Escendo Est Verum

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