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    Sticky: (continued) Around the Kawaguchiko area the...

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    Around the Kawaguchiko area the roads were crowded with cars and tourists. As I slowly made my way to the lake, traffic was virtually gridlocked. Passing stopped cars on the left and...
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    Sticky: I'm up to 25 months of at least one 160+ km ride...

    I'm up to 25 months of at least one 160+ km ride a month. Yesterday I came back with 190 km with 1905 m of climbing, one swollen lip, a bruised knee and 80km of half-cleated riding.

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    Cramping is your body's way of telling you that...

    Cramping is your body's way of telling you that it's being made to do something it is not prepared for. There is not much evidence that electrolytes (or lack thereof) are a big factor in cramping,...
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    Sticky: (continued) More sunflowers:...

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    More sunflowers:
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    Trying out a faster vehicle for a change:...
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    Sticky: 24 months of one "century" (160+ km ride) a month...

    24 months of one "century" (160+ km ride) a month complete :) (that's from September 2012 to August 2014).


    This one on the first August weekend went up to Lake Yamanakako near Mt Fuji:...
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    Sticky: (continued) There were beautiful ajisai...

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    There were beautiful ajisai (hydrangea) everywhere:

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    I love the rock...
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    Sticky: BRM621 388 km

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    Last weekend I participated in BRM621 Nishi-Tokyo 600km Suwa-ko, a brevet ride by AJ...
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    Sticky: (continued) ...

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    During the night part of ride, somewhere in the hills of Route 9...
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    Sticky: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7BVhUfcahcE/U3j...

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    If you visit Japan, take a look at a 1000 yen (US$10) bill. On its back you'll...
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    While it's good to think about what tools and...

    While it's good to think about what tools and spare parts to carry, I think what clothes you bring along often makes a bigger difference about being able to stick to a ride plan than the spare parts...
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    Sticky: (continued) The sun came up around 05:00. We...

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    The sun came up around 05:00. We were all yawning and complaining about sleep deprivation at that point. I was wondering if I would have been better off sleeping a bit at the 24h...
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    Sticky: For the past week I had been monitoring the...

    For the past week I had been monitoring the Saturday/Sunday weather forecasts for my BRM419 Nishi-Tokyo 300 km Fuji brevet.

    http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2513299/full.png...
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    Yes, but I hardly stand on climbs. That's what...

    Yes, but I hardly stand on climbs. That's what low gears are there for and my knees are thanking me. I know other people break chains -- they're probably more into low-cadence high-torque grinding or...
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    I carry: - spare tube - patches - pump -...

    I carry:
    - spare tube
    - patches
    - pump
    - multi-tool (hex keys, plus driver)
    - small pocket knife
    - USB battery and cables for Garmin and phone
    - electrical tape on frame
    - zip ties
    - rubber...
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    Sticky: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-J_TPGY-dSAk/U0t...

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    Yesterday I headed up to Tomin no Mori and Lake Okutama on the first Boob ride of the year: 182...
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    Sticky: Jim, you're absolute correct as power = work...

    Jim,

    you're absolute correct as power = work / time and work = force * distance. Force increases with the square of total air speed (ground speed plus headwind speed if you're heading directly...
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    Sticky: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xJYhHcKJYJU/Uy4...

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    On Saturday I rode the BRM322 randonée (200 km) with AJ Nishi-Tokyo in West Izu. I...
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    Sticky: A week ago I did my first mountain ride this year...

    A week ago I did my first mountain ride this year - 174 km to Yamanakako via Rt35 to Tsuru, then Rt24 to Doshi. From the lake I headed down to Odawara, where I caught an express train back to Tokyo....
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    Congratulations on finishing your first brevet...

    Congratulations on finishing your first brevet and on wanting to ride another one!

    You only mentioned about food twice. Were these the only times you ate? It's good to consume at least 200 kcal...
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    Sticky: I got my "century of the month" ride in on...

    I got my "century of the month" ride in on Sunday, which at 205 km (according to the Garmin or 210 according to Strava) was longer than what I rode in the preceding three weeks combined.

    It was a...
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    Liquid fuels have their place, especially in more...

    Liquid fuels have their place, especially in more extreme and competitive events such as RAAM, but for 99% of long distance cyclists, ordinary (solid) food will work just fine.

    For me, bananas are...
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    I achieved my goals last year: - ride at least...

    I achieved my goals last year:
    - ride at least one century every month (I did 19 in 2013)
    - ride at least 6000 km (over 9,500)
    - more brevets: I rode 5 of them, 200/300 and the first 600, but no...
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    "Controlling for ALL variables" can be tricky. As Alex Hutchinson wrote in Runner's World about a study that adjusted for several variables:
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    Sorry for confusing you with wolfchild, whose...

    Sorry for confusing you with wolfchild, whose posting I was responding to. It was he who used the claim that "the first marathon runner died soon after he finished his run" to back up his other...
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    The view from Kamakura beach, Kanagawa...

    The view from Kamakura beach, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, during my 203 km ride last Sunday:

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LKe_As3YLI4/UslBD0_8lcI/AAAAAAABQhc/-DghY9nyRqg/s800/IMG_6685.JPG
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