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Old 03-18-07, 04:38 PM   #201
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Hello from Wenatchee Wa.

Wenatchee Wa. here. Glad to meet all of you If anyone has any info on bike clubs, I would be very interested.

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Old 03-19-07, 12:20 PM   #202
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Old 03-19-07, 11:37 PM   #203
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Technically I'm further from the coast than most of you, I suppose, but interior Alaska has to fit in here somewhere.
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Old 03-20-07, 03:22 PM   #204
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Old 03-20-07, 03:26 PM   #205
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Hey velocity, great to hear from you, Monster Cookie in just a few weeks, time to train!
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Old 03-21-07, 11:41 AM   #206
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I know! I am looking forward to it.
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Old 03-24-07, 08:08 PM   #207
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Should have checked in before....coming to you from Seattle - Children's Hospital/UW area. Back riding after a long hiatus - never a racer but did lots of triathlons and credit card touring in 80's. Kids are just about out of the nest so needed to find some productive way to slow old age. On a program through CycleU with a coach - riding 5 days a week with plenty o' intervals and hills. Started off w/Chilly Hilly in 1:45 (it was darn chilly and wet). Planning on lots of interesting rides this summer (STP one day, Ramrod [hopefully], Flying Wheels Century, Tour de Blast, Mt. Baker Hill Climb and starting off with Olympic Cycling Classic - 112 miles, 6,500 feet elevation). Love to know about other long, hilly, hard rides - especially to support worthy causes. Ypu'll catch me on a Merlin Extralight. Also ride a fixed gear around area when weather is nice in lieu of car (a mid 80's Schwinn Voyageur) and have a bunch of other bikes my boys are lusting after to take to college and ride to school. Spend most of my rides around Lake Washington, out to Marymoor on Burke Gilman, and weekend rides out to eastside hills. Very glad the temp is improving - I don't mind the rain but am getting a little tired of the 40 degrees and rain scenario. cheers,
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Old 03-25-07, 08:35 PM   #208
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Lynden WA. here
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Nah, he just wanted to get you to post to this thread, you bum!

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest check in thread, though .

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Old 03-26-07, 03:37 AM   #210
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Should have checked in before....Very glad the temp is improving - I don't mind the rain but am getting a little tired of the 40 degrees and rain scenario. cheers,
It's all right, we don't mind late, as long as we get to say hello!

You are right about the rain/40 degrees--it's the combination most likely to put me off going out. Oddly, I can handle going out colder (snow is ok!), and warmer rain is actually fun, but I don't do hypothermia.

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Old 03-26-07, 04:16 PM   #211
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I'm here! Man, it's been a long time guys (and girls). Sorry that I've been away for so long. I've finally started riding again (lost motivation during the winter months) and very unhappily over-weight. I'm motivated again though. Just got done getting the new bike built and I'm getting used to riding "normal" handlebars after having been riding aerobars for the better part of 15-years. Very strange indeed. Hope to get to some rides with y'all soon. Maybe when I feel a little more comfortable with my riding and... my weight. LOL!
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Old 03-26-07, 07:43 PM   #212
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Coming up from SF this week on Amtrak-- bringing my bike to ride with some friends that recently got into cycling. Holla if you wanna goof around downtown with me. Also down for the Seward Park goodness.
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Old 03-28-07, 10:02 AM   #213
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Checking in from Marysville, WA. Trying to get my butt in gear for Native Planet North Cascades Classic and STP. Wx'man says 60s and possibly near 70 for tomorrow. Let's all hope...

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Old 03-28-07, 10:12 AM   #214
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Hello tloft--so far the weather predictions look good. It's sunny out at the moment, perhaps it will stay that way for the next few days.

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How many of you guys are doing the STP? How are you training for it? It will be my first one this year so I appreciate some comments about it.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:30 AM   #216
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doing STP in one day. be sure to check out cascade.org for their training plans through CycleU. Craig Undem has posted a good training plan for 1 and 2 day riders (including suggested mileage). CyleU also offers on their website the ability to pay for an online training program for STP.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:36 AM   #217
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doing STP in one day. be sure to check out cascade.org for their training plans through CycleU. Craig Undem has posted a good training plan for 1 and 2 day riders (including suggested mileage). CyleU also offers on their website the ability to pay for an online training program for STP.

Thanks - I'm doing it in one day for sure. I will check out those links.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:42 AM   #218
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Mark checking in here from Portland. As mentioned in the community intro forum, I'm looking to use my bike for a regular commute but I also look forward to getting out and riding for the fun of it.
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Old 03-28-07, 11:47 AM   #219
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CyleU also offers on their website the ability to pay for an online training program for STP.
the cycleu program is great. it'll have a cool training schedule including a weight training routine for the first few weeks ... i swear that really made a difference for a fast one day'er (the group i rode with was tops too).
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Found a good link for STP noobs.

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Old 03-28-07, 11:51 AM   #221
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the cycleu program is great. it'll have a cool training schedule including a weight training routine for the first few weeks ... i swear that really made a difference for a fast one day'er (the group i rode with was tops too).

I just don't understand why it's $75. I can't be that hard to put together a training schedule. Unless it offers something else that I'm missing...?
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Old 03-28-07, 11:55 AM   #222
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people are lazy - this way you get a daily email blast telling you want to do that day and next. Theoretically it is ";customized" to meet your training objectives (time). They use the Training Peaks software that many online coaches use.
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I just don't understand why it's $75. I can't be that hard to put together a training schedule. Unless it offers something else that I'm missing...?
sorry, it was only sixty dollars last year. it's so you peak at stp. it kept me on track and in training and accountable. not having the experience to design my own program to waste miles and time guessing what i should be doing; i finished fast and strong and that's what my goal was and it got me there (again we had a strong group too).

and i'm lazy too i guess. geez.
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I sent this email to my friends who are riding the STP with me. Maybe some of you can benefit from the links:

July 14, 2007
One day riders' start time 4:45 AM to 5:15 AM.
Last call is 7:30 AM for 2-day riders.

Detailed 24-page Route Map (PDF Format)
http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/stp_routemap.cfm

Map of STP altitude.
http://www.jimcarson.com/i/stp_2004.jpg


Tips from a 11-time veteran.
http://www.cascade.org/Community/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=2840&FTVAR_MSGDBTABLE=

Training Tips
http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/stp_mileage.cfm

Registration Link
http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/STP_Registration.cfm
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Old 03-28-07, 12:33 PM   #225
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Continued STP - packing on the bike

Continuing this thread here, I was curious how most packed for the one day venture (my first STP by the way). I have a post mounted rack and pack that I'm considering using. I bought it when I got ambitious and thought I was going to be able to do more riding with the randonneuring club. Anyhow, in order to carry my on bike nutrition, room to stash a little foul weather gear, etc., I thought it would be prudent. I like to use Cytomax, Clif Shot Bloks, and nuun electrolyte tabs as my primary on-bike nutrition, with plans to graze a little on solid foods at the less busier food stops or at convenience stores. I guess weather will dictate consumption and usage as well as use of rain gear. Is it reasonable for a first timer to take a little more than might be needed, or just stuff a Hefty bag in a jersey pocket in case of rain, and grab-and-go from the food stops/stores in an effort to travel lighter. I have a feeling if I put the rackpack on that I will take advantage of its ample storage and overdo it. I'm thinking of training with the pack on the bike in order to get used to the extra weight and if I decide not to use it, that would be a nice bonus of traveling lighter. Input/thoughts greatly appreciated,

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