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Strava Festive 500

Old 12-24-18, 12:58 PM
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Strava Festive 500

Anyone doing the Strava Festive 500? It's a challenge to ride 500km (310 miles) in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


https://www.strava.com/challenges/ra...stive-500-2018


Today was the first day. I got 40 miles in, which is on track, but I'm going to have trouble completing it. 40 miles a day is ok if you ride everyday, but it's hard to ride 8 straight days this time of year in North Texas. Wednesday looks like it will get rained out. It was 37 when I started but warmed up to close to 50 when I finished.

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Got another 40 in this morning leaving before my wife woke up. Good news was that it was warmer (mid 50s) but it was foggy and rainy at the start. Still it was good weather for late December. Still on track, but may get rained out tomorrow

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Another 33 miles today which is a bit less then needed to stay on track. But considering I thought I was going to get rained out it ended up OK. Left before 6 to avoid the promised rain, and it still hasn’t rained at 10.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2036443138

total is 182km out of the 500 needed
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I didn't see this challenge. Not sure if I'll get this one or not. I did ride 40 miles this AM. We'll see how the weather holds out for the next week.

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Did my first ride today 90/310 done
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Originally Posted by jsigone
Did my first ride today 90/310 done
I'mma be watching your Strava to see what sort of shenanigans you get up to to finish this. Another guy on my Strava friends is at 159km so far-- meanwhile, I feel like I'm off pace and I finished today at 406km. And today SUCKED.
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51 miles today, which is my longest ride of the year. Was cold, in the 30s the entire way. Iím at 330km with 3 days to go, so I am a little ahead of pace

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I really wanted to ride longer today, but the headwinds going back north was soul zapping. I had 90min of light left and had planned to ride the trail heading east for an hour Out n back...whole lots of NOPE since I spent 2+ hours in the head wind.

I tried drafting off a E-bike for a few hilly miles. Than he started to drive off ME...WTF he said my pace was good enough for E-bike to draft. Dude you have the battery, I run off caffeine!!

46miles today

218/500km 3 days left
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope
I'mma be watching your Strava to see what sort of shenanigans you get up to to finish this. Another guy on my Strava friends is at 159km so far-- meanwhile, I feel like I'm off pace and I finished today at 406km. And today SUCKED.
Saturday will be a big day, but overnight low is 32-34* and high of 60. Burr freaking cold start. I really hate these 30* temp swings as the jackets have to be pocketed after 11 or so.

Sunday is the Coureur/Canyon Bikes ride in north San Diego. Gonna be lumpy as all hell. few sections of dirt involved, iduno how my legs will be on those hills or if I need to go back to the coast for another easy day.

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Humpy Course: Roughly 65-miles / 7,500 feet of climbing.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29088740

Humpiest Course: Roughly 75-miles / 8,500 feet of climbing
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29088332
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Awoke to +20mph winds, howling out of the NNE. had no desire to combat such conditions, so I didn't. The wife agreed to pick me up, so I rode in a south-southwest direction until I ran out of continent. The tailwind fell away for maybe 15 minutes out of the whole ride. Took down 75 miles in three hours and ten minutes, averaging 23.7mph.

Five days, 331.7 miles, 18.2 hours, elevation an absolutely glorious 7,042ft. I'll sit out tomorrow (winds are forecast to continue for another 18 hours or so) and will likely head out Sunday morning for 18.3+ miles, to get me above 350 for the week. Y'all are climbing WAYY too much.
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I wish I had flatter options but San Diego is like 4-5k ft per 100 miles minimum unless doing laps that may cut out a thousand. The coast is as flat as it gets but that wind plays into the game. Yesterday was flipped from today aaaand I didn't look into the wind forecast when picking today's route. Tomorrow is 14-18mph til about 2pm than drops to 8mph (normalish range).

this week
  • 135.6mi
  • 8h 19m
  • 6,781ft
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Today might be the best normal wind day of the week but I know Iím gonna jynx it cuz I still need to turn around and head south. Lunch at the Shwack in Dana Point
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Cold, cold day. Saw a clock that said it was 32 on the way out, and only warmed up to 33 2 hours later on the return. I got 44 miles in, giving me 250 total

I took the bike and drove up to Celina Tx. Left from there and went north to Gunter, Howe, and Dorcester and back to Celina. Itís a nice ride with no stoplights and only a couple of stop signs.

I need 98 more km between Sun and Monday.

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Wind stayed good on the return leg home, legs felt strong today. Rode 121miles or 195km at about 18ave

413/500km
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Wrapped up the challenge with a 56 mile ride to church n back.

Final numbers
313 miles/503km
4 rides
18h55min
14,518 ft of climbing
ave speed 16.55mph
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When I set out to avoid climbing, I can absolutely do it. Climbing for the sake of climbing is simultaneously inexplicable, and woefully overrated.

365.7 miles / 588.5km
6 rides
20h11m
8,424ft^, a delicious 23ft/mi
avg. speed 18.1mph

My longest Festive to date, distance-wise-- 536km (2017,) 527km (2016,) 511km (2015.) I laid this year out better-- flatter overall, got in Xmas Day miles, and the wind-assisted 75 miles on Friday was easily my favorite ride for the entire month of December. Going real fast > slugging up hills. Fact.
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I need to pre plan those flatter sections. Today's 56mile was almost 3500ft climbing, yesterday's 121 was 4200ft HAHA the price paid of going inland to the rolling hills. My legs were not happy on those first few climbs and cold. Glad I didn't try the Canyon hilly ride 8200ft today and just do my own thing.

good numbers BTW, I'd be really happy with those. Tomorrow is slight chance of rain here, I'll take kids out though so I'm done riding for the year.
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Yeah, Monday is my usual off-the-bike-day, and it happens to be NYE, so I have zero issues sitting it out. I averaged 200 miles and 7,800ft per week for the year, so increasing distance by 75% and only bumping elevation by less than 10% for the Festive was nearly as perfectly planned as I could get it. Usually, after the finale ride, I'm ready to just lie down on the floor and sleep until the next year. I feel fine this year post-Festive, for the first time. I finished the Climbing Challenge on the 22nd (so that would be out of my head) and just stuck to the plan of doing laps to knock out the bulk of the miles. Never had to eat out anywhere-- I ate a grand total of one Clif bar on the bike the whole week. Never had to stop for provisions, the only issue I had was the saddle bolts coming loose on Friday and the saddle jangling around. Two minute fix.

Thursday was still awful. I don't think coincidentally, the only day I got anywhere above 2,000ft^. Well, that and the 20mph winds going the wrong way.
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You guys make the Festive sound like so much fun!
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I’m heading out now to finish mine. I got another 44 in yesterday leaving me needing 17 miles to finish. It’s wet out after raining overnight but not raining now. Hopefully I can get an hour in before any more rain
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I finished today. Was concerned about the rain since it rained most of the night and was about 40 this morning. It was really wet out, but didn't rain and I finished in a little over an hour for 18 miles.

Finished the challenge with 8 rides in the 8 days. Other then today, the shortest ride was 33 miles, and the longest was 51. The challenge would be easier if you could do more longer rides and afford to take a day off, but with the cold weather and the holidays I didn't get any long rides in

313.1 miles / 503km
8 rides
21h44m
9,882ft
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I'm taking the executive decision to resurrect and enzombiefy this thread instead of starting a new one for 2022.

Anyone else starting to rough out a plan for this challenge, the Rapha Festive 500 2022? I'm in South Korea and starting to put together a rough plan for the week. I'm sure it will be well below freezing, down around -10C (14F) in the mornings, coming up to 0C (32F) or so during the day, but we might get lucky and strike a warm patch, up to around 5C (41F). I'm okay to ride, but there is a common and very strong NW wind like a forced fan in a deep freeze that you need to take into account.

I'm hoping to get in at least 100 kms (60 miles?) on Saturday/Christmas Eve and then do a few extended commutes in the early part of the week to set me up for the end of the week when I have a day or two off work. I'm normally doing 250-300 km weeks (160-200 miles?), so pushing out to 500 kms isn't a big stretch. I have the Han River bike path network, and the tributary paths, mainly the Jungnangcheon coming down from Uijeongbu and the Tancheon coming up from Bundang. Lots of really flat riding, just the possibility of extremely low temperatures and the brutal NW wind.

Anyone else going for the challenge in 2022? Plans? Ideas?
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I'll be doing it again this yr. bit slower than the stats I posted in 2018's efforts
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Day 1 of the Festive 500 challenge~ Christmas Eve ride

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