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    Senior Member JimF22003's Avatar
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    Last Chance to train before MoM

    I'm signed up for the Mountains of Misery ride next weekend. This will be my second. I made it last year up to Mountain Lake without stopping or walking (horrors!)

    I am so behind in my riding, my weight, and just about everything compared to last year. I've only done 4 century rides this year, and two were flat as a pancake.

    I have considered skipping the ride this year, but I've already paid, and I have $225 worth of non-refundable hotel reservations in Blacksburg. I guess that's a good thing My plan is to do at least the 70 miles back to Newport, and see how I feel at that point.

    Today will be my last pre-ride chance to train. I have a route mapped out that takes in part of Fauqier County, and 33 miles on Skyline Drive, about 7500 ft of climbing total. Hope the rain holds off!

    Hope to see a few of you at the ride.

    p.s. is it tempting fate or giving myself an "out" if I bring along cleat covers in case I have to walk the last 3 miles?
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    Climbing Above It All BikeWNC's Avatar
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    You've only done 4 century rides this year? MoM will be my first this year. I guess we have different expectations for the ride.

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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    I did a fairly flat 100 miler today (except for climbing Pilot Knob) and struggled to get up any speed at all. I kept checking my back tire today thinking it was flat!! These extra pounds are going to make the last 3 miles on MoM about as painful as it gets. I'm still trying to figure out why I signed up for Mom this year.........I'm not too worried about the first 100 miles-I know I can do that before the sun sets. Just not sure about the last 3.
    Ride your Ride!!

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    Senior Member JimF22003's Avatar
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    I guess we'll all be struggling

    Here's the ride I did today. Not fast, but I felt surprisingly good. Got in about 9000 ft. of climbing over 100 miles. Finished in the rain, which invigorated me a little bit. I was all ready to take on Mountain Road at that point

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/34198949
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    Last weekend, a few of us who are riding MoM did a training ride out of Wardensville, WV, which included some sinister climbs. Click here to see a course map. The second climb was a near-replica of the climb to Mountain Lake. The third climb had a long dirt stretch (2 miles up, 5 miles down). It was a perfect tune-up ride for MoM.

    This weekend I'm up in New England, so my final big training ride will be today, in the overcast weather. It won't be a century - I'm tapering - but will feature some good hill work.

    Am I as prepared for MoM as I was last year? I don't think so, but my focus last year was a big event ride in late June, so I needed to be in better shape. This year, the big stuff starts in early August, so it's not as critical to be in full form just yet.
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