Honestly, I am not that fast, and I know that. Most of my team are faster than we are. I think we were in beter shape back in 2008/09. This is our first RAAM, and I was just excited about the whole experience, and the new bike setup. PS- I know for a fact I could never do RAAM solo. So major kudos to you for being able to do that. I appreciate advice from veterans, but perhaps you would consider a nicer tone.
If I came across as a bargard, that was not my intention. I consider myself pretty humble (the reality of speed and ability is what it is, and I understand that). I do like to give it my all though, and will do so for my team this summer.
CTC stats are not the best indicator to look at, as those rides can go so many different ways.
Here are 3 good examples:
The recent 2011 Devil Mountain Double (solo bike)
- I was in the front group approaching the base of Mt. Diablo, and my front derailleur cracked (the cast Al arm that pushes the cage in/out). I had to remove it with my muti-tool, and then duct tape (from SAG) the cable to my head tube to keep it out of the way. I had to "toe shift" for nearly 200 miles.
- I got 2 flats, both at awful times
- I crashed on Mines Rd in some gravel right when I was getting a good second wind.
- I spent a really long time at lunch bandaging up my road rash. All this happened in the first half of the ride. I was no longer motivated to go fast. Cruised in at a steady pace. I had nearly 4 hours of stopped time! But I finished the ride, which is all I wanted to do at that point.
2010 Devil Mountain Double
- I was 2nd on the scene to a fallen Tom Milton, and was the one who administered CPR, and unfortunately didn't succede.
- Rode to Crothers and SAG'd it in...
2009 Devil Mountain Double
- Rode the staff ride, was in the 2nd half group, waited for "rolling suport" and regrouped with others at several points along the way. Hours of stopped time (and it was our first double).
Finally, we tend not to "race" doubles on the tandem. We just pick the hardest or most interesting ones and ride a steady pace.