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I have a HTFU moment coming next week

Old 05-22-08, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
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Don't over think it. Prepare as best you can and just go and ride. Odds are you'll surprise yourself.
Thanks. That's what I'm trying to do. I need to step away and relax my mind and body. Like you said, not over think it.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Don't over think it. Prepare as best you can and just go and ride. Odds are you'll surprise yourself.
Well, what exactly do you mean by that?
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Old 05-24-08, 01:06 PM
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I made it. Barely.

Pain. Mucho el-Paino. We started at Windsong Bike Shop, rode 16 miles to Gold Hill, did the ride, then I got hammered into the freaking ground on the way back to finish with 105 miles and a 22mph average. That's the short of it.

The long of it:
I was one lonely person from Charlotte Sports Cycling amongst a gaggle of Carolina Masters on the way there. I looked quite out of place. But most of these guys are friend so ...
We get to the ride. When the bell rung, we took off. Immediately Ryan was off the front. Not too far along, Charlie bridged with a few other guys. We chased. They are freaks of nature and no one in the group could have held their wheel. But, several guys decided it was more important to NOT work so they braked every. single. time. they got to the front. AND. At one point, one guy jammed his brakes and the gent that owns the bike shop that took care of my frame hit him, and cartwheeled on the pavement. I could see his Zipps tumbling along the rode. He stood up and his collar bone was snapped. We waited a bit to make sure he got help. Then we took off again. I worked a bit, but not much. Too many guys didn't want to so I wasn't going to kill myself since I had to ride back to the car. Well, we made it in not too far behind the lead group of 5 or so. We ate (the food and ride and everything was wonderful). Then I was wondering if anyone was going back to the shop. Yes, Ryan and Charlie were. Gulp! They laid it down so hard, I thought I was going to puke. At one point, I couldn't pull through and told them to go on. My legs just wouldn't respond to anything. Thank God, we were close to downtown. They eased up and I made it back to my car. After the Gold Hill Ride my ave. was around 21. On the way back to the car we increased it to almost 22. We took the long way I think. It was ungodly. And I fricken guarantee you they weren't laying it down like they normally do. They kept it relaxed for little, ole, slow-pokey me. I came home, ate, drank, supplemented, and now I'm going to eat and drink more.

Thanks for all the support here fellows. I had a great, great time. I'm so glad I pushed myself to do it. And if I can, anyone can.

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Glad to hear you made it and lived to tell, excellente...sorry to read about the crash and injuries :-(
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Old 05-25-08, 05:00 AM
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Glad to hear you made it and lived to tell, excellente...sorry to read about the crash and injuries :-(
Thanks. I'm going to find out how he is after the holiday weekend. It was just weird that I was up there talking to him and thanking him for my bike, then the next time I see him, he breaks his collarbone.

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Guys are going to the front and braking!?
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Old 05-26-08, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
Guys are going to the front and braking!?
Guys were finding themselves on the front and braking.
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Guys were finding themselves on the front and braking.
So these are experienced riders who "find themselves on the front', don't want to be there AND BRAKE? WTF? I'd be mucho pisstoffo if I was the guy with the broken clavicle! They couldn't just pull off or sit up?

Great ride. I'm sure you're glad you did it now and now you have a better idea of how much work you can actually do. It's good to push yourself beyond what you perceive to be your limits. I'll bet going back to your old rides may seem a bit pedestrian now. You may have to adjust them to fit better into what you now know your ability to be. Bigger, better suffering.
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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
Well, what exactly do you mean by that?
Worrying too much disrupts sleep and wastes energy.

I am thinking about the eating advice and the strategy sub developed for this, getting a good night sleep two nights before the ride (the night before may not be so restful if he is worried) and planning on sucking the appropriate amount of wheel.

Seems like it all worked well.
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Old 05-27-08, 05:33 AM
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I drank and ate during the 105 miles like my jaw was going to be wired shut after the ride. The only problem I really faced was my left hamstring. And I think it was poor cleat placement. Something felt awkward. But after the ride, and before the hammerfest home, I ate and stretched and rehydrated. I also took a few electrolyte tabs before and after the main ride to make sure I was topped off. I learned a lot about fueling my body for these long, tough rides. I may have another tough century next Saturday. I'll try and use what I've learned.
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