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Old 04-01-08, 08:08 AM   #1
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2008 3-State 3-Mountain Challenge

Who's riding the 3-State 3-Mountain Challenge this year?

I'm probable.

It's hard to believe that it's only a month away. I better dewinterize my climbing legs quickly.
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Old 04-01-08, 08:36 AM   #2
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Looks like fun! .

Unfortunately, I won't be doing it this year. Could be high on the list for next year tho...
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I'm still working on my climbing legs

But it does sound like an intriguing goal for next year maybe!
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What a cool looking ride! I am not sure I can put it together for this year, but I definitely need to add it to my to do list.
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I am in! Signed up last night. I have spent the month of March trying to shed my winter fat and get my climbing legs back.
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I am not planning on doing it this year, but I have done it in the past and would definitely recommend it.
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Old 04-02-08, 08:26 PM   #7
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I've signed up. I REALLY need to get in a lot more climbing in the next few weeks though. I'm way behind last year. Losing a few more pounds would help the cause as well.
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I am doing it. Last year was my first time doing it and I had a great time. I will definitely be there. Who else is in? Wolfie, why aren't you doing it? We need to have a bikeforums get together after the 3S3M in Chatty. I will ditch my bike club get together in favor of bikeforums if there is one, lol.
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why am i not doing it?? dunno really. probably because i didn't think i was ready for a metric century or a full century by then. probably will be on the list for next year tho, as i'd like to travel a bit more and ride in different areas.
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why am i not doing it?? dunno really. probably because i didn't think i was ready for a metric century or a full century by then. probably will be on the list for next year tho, as i'd like to travel a bit more and ride in different areas.
I can tell you WP, that the 3 State is one of my favorite century rides. It is fast for a "mountain" century with 3 distinct climbs separated by good stretches of flat or rolling terrain. I would do it this year but I have so many other trips scheduled before and after that it is hard to get away for this one.
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Well, maybe next year I'll be able to get away and do it. I didn't know about it soon enough and even if I did, I still don't think I'd be ready for that kind of mountain riding by May 3. I should, hopefully, be ready next year tho, with all the mountain riding I hope to do this year.
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You could do it this year. Really the hard part is the climb up Burkhalter at mile 83. It's a bit over 2 miles long but no way as bad as Cullowhee Mtn Rd which you have done. The difference is where it occurs in the ride.
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hmmmmmm...not as bad as Cullowhee, huh?....<looking over at the calendar, seeing if I'm free then> I bet it would be much more fun than Raven Rock on 5/4. It's 3 wks away....

well, the problem, should i suddenly decide to do this ride, is finding somewhere to stay.......
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Wolfie: You can post a message on the CBC Forums for accommodation. Many people cancel and give away their reservations to others. I totally agree with BikeWNC, you can do it.
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The route profile confirms what BikeWNC says about there not being a great deal of climbing outside the three mountains. And of those, I only consider the last one to be a difficult climb as it gets really steep at the end.

With all the hotels in Chattanooga, I suspect there's a room available somewhere.
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well, i don't really doubt that i can do this ride (if i can ride Ring of Fire, i can do this) guys, but, it's just too damn far....8hr drive at least for me. not this year i don't think. maybe next year when i've had time to plan a bit. 'sides there are a few mtn rides here in NC that are of that length and probably as fun.
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Yikes. Only three weeks to go!

What's the best way to prepare for a century in three weeks?
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I'll be there.
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Velo: Our bike club had a 82 mile training ride this past weekend, with 11 tough climbs to prepare gauge our prep level for the 3S3M. I am glad I have been riding at least to work (10 mile round trip) every single day throughout this winter. It was a grueling ride, but it gave me confidence that I can do 3S3M again this year.

Of course you know this, but I would suggest doing up to two 75 mile rides before the challenge.
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Of course you know this, but I would suggest doing up to two 75 mile rides before the challenge.
Alas, I'm not that committed of a trainer. I should be okay if I can do a couple metric century-type rides that include a nice long climb. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Last weekend was wasted due to gusty winds and cold temperatures.
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Alas, I'm not that committed of a trainer. I should be okay if I can do a couple metric century-type rides that include a nice long climb. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Last weekend was wasted due to gusty winds and cold temperatures.
I am doing 65 this weekend on the foothills and then the Crybaby 100k next weekend. I hope I will have my legs in shape by doing that.
I am trying to get 20-30 miles in a day. Some days are ride 15 till its dark and then the rest on the trainer.
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emptgrave: Great training regime. Is this your first time doing 3S3M?
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emptgrave: Great training regime. Is this your first time doing 3S3M?
Thanks! I would rather be a little uncomfortable now than miserable on the big ride. Its my first Century ever. I Mountain biked a little last year, but did not start road riding till the end of February.
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I am doing 65 this weekend on the foothills and then the Crybaby 100k next weekend. I hope I will have my legs in shape by doing that.
I am trying to get 20-30 miles in a day. Some days are ride 15 till its dark and then the rest on the trainer.
If that is your training plan, you should have no problem with a Metric Century. Just remember to pay attention to your nutrition. You may want to experiment with some foods or gels or powerbars or whatever your choice is. You really don't need them for the 30 mile ride, but you will for a 62 or 100 mile ride. So you might as well find what works in your body & what doesn't. Remember there will be rest areas to take breaks at & refill water bottles, so if you treat it like two 30 mile rides; you will find it's much easier that way.
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Wow, only two months of riding.

Are you planning on doing 60 miles in Chattanooga or 100?
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