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4 days Till Tour de Cure!

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4 days Till Tour de Cure!

Well, As I said in the title, it's 4 days left until I try to complete the Century ride after my crash. I'd doing this with just under 2 weeks post crash training, and a sore shoulder still..... Given the wild weather we've had this June, so far, there's a 30% chance of storms Saturday but the ride goes, rain or shine, so I'll have my raingear with me.

I hit my fundraising goal of $1000.00, and Team Stormcrowe raised collectively, $3785.00 with the stated goal of $3300.00. Now all I have to do is finish the ride. I'm sure going to try!

Now, for the physical side. I have about 75-80% of my shoulder mobility and about 45% of the strength back, a large visible bruise on the right hip still and one bit of road rash still not completely healed up yet. It's the spot where I ground down about 5 MM into the muscle on the left side of my shin.

So.....here we go, in the final countdown!
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Well, As I said in the title, it's 4 days left until I try to complete the Century ride after my crash. I'd doing this with just under 2 weeks post crash training, and a sore shoulder still..... Given the wild weather we've had this June, so far, there's a 30% chance of storms Saturday but the ride goes, rain or shine, so I'll have my raingear with me.

I hit my fundraising goal of $1000.00, and Team Stormcrowe raised collectively, $3785.00 with the stated goal of $3300.00. Now all I have to do is finish the ride. I'm sure going to try!

Now, for the physical side. I have about 75-80% of my shoulder mobility and about 45% of the strength back, a large visible bruise on the right hip still and one bit of road rash still not completely healed up yet. It's the spot where I ground down about 5 MM into the muscle on the left side of my shin.

So.....here we go, in the final countdown!
Good luck Tom! Maybe pontoons would be a good addition to your rain gear?
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I did an MS ride before. Man are they supported well! Lots of food!...The ride I did wa a comp over night ride, 60 and 60 days.


Sucks about the weather.!Not sure what size tires but use something that isn't too narrow.
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26MM is what I have on the bike. It's as wide as my Allez can take....

Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
I did an MS ride before. Man are they supported well! Lots of food!...The ride I did wa a comp over night ride, 60 and 60 days.


Sucks about the weather.!Not sure what size tires but use something that isn't too narrow.
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Man, I hope your shoulder doesn't bother you too badly because I know you're the type that won't quit. Here's to you and everyone on Team Stormcrowe.
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Shoulder and back are a concern. I'm sure you will be a able to get there with regard to your fitness but you may need something to mask the discomfort which will start to manifest itself at about 50 miles.
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Like 800 mg of Vitamin I? (Ibuprofen)
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Shoulder and back are a concern. I'm sure you will be a able to get there with regard to your fitness but you may need something to mask the discomfort which will start to manifest itself at about 50 miles.
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+2 on Vitamin I

I have confidence you will do very well regardless the weather, but it better not rain and only a very gentle breeze out of the NW.

Rain must hold of the entire day, daughter planned outdoor ceremony, even though plans for inside if rain, she keeps talking positive. Of course, by that time you will be getting thirds at the buffet

Best thoughts for travel and participation to your entire team Tom, all the best...
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I just want to see the servers faces when 12-15 hungry Clyde's and Athena's come in after riding from 30-100 miles on bikes......
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
I just want to see the servers faces when 12-15 hungry Clyde's and Athena's come in after riding from 30-100 miles on bikes......
That's what they call a "slop line". It's eerily similar to high school lunch.
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Hi Tom ,

Just take it easy and Enjoy the ride, Vitamins/minirals are a yes , bring the ibuprofen along and use the rest stops . Our Tour De Cure was last sunday 8 June 08

still water NY. I missed my goal last year of $1000.00 managed $917.00

my team is the peddaling patriots.

I made my goal it this year at $1,235.00 I did the 100K this year (new route for 08)

Tough DAY though 96 deg in the shade at max humidity and all Hills , a little over 1400 feet of vertical climbs on the 100K , didnt decend back to the river valley untill the last 10 miles or so

the rest stops were a well needed oasis in the conditions we were riding.


the other courses stayed to the valley for the most part with some climbs in the front of their loops but it was hot just the same for them.

The route director headed us to the hills and more hills ....

we did it though!!

have a great ride brother!!!

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I did the GA tour De Cure a couple weeks back and had a great time. A couple Pro riders from Team type one were in the mix. They both knew me from the local group rides so I rode/pulled with/for them for the duration of the event. Emile told me from the get go that he was going to be drafting me the whole ride and he did just that! The ride turned out to be more of a race up front then a charity ride pace but then again any "group" ride I do is always a race in the front pack. I made some strong efforts and put the hurt on a bunch of folks mostly because I was in the lead and did not see the right turn! I personally added about 10 miles to the ride and had to get the entire pack to turn around when we ended up at some major Hi-way, I knew we/I made a wrong straight some ware! The front pack consisted of about 50 riders and when we got back on track we had to pass the slower riders and that was when things got a bit sketchy. A local team was there drilling it up front along with me and I know most of the guys on this team.... I also know that some of these guys can be jerks and when we started passing the slower, less experienced riders I heard them yelling for them to get out of the way. I was in the lead and passing folks like they were standing still as well but doing my best to be cordial to them considering the fact that I knew this was a mixed ride with folks from all levels and some of these folks may get a bit sketched out when a guy my size comes rolling by them at Mach speed (I can hold 30mph on the flats, been over 60 on downhill’s and normally roll 20-28mph). At one point I heard one of the guys actually yell to a rider "GET THE FUnK OUT OF THE WAY!!!" I sprinted up to him and told him the next time I hear him be a dic to another rider his forehead would get a taste of my forearm!

After we managed to get far enough away from the slower riders I would do my thing and pull for the pack. I don't mind pulling if the group is willing not to attack me on the climbs. I'm 265 right now and a very powerful rider but gravity wins on the hills and I have to work extra, extra hard to keep pace. Of course since it turned out to be a mock race they were indeed attacking me on the climbs and a couple of them were still acting like total jerks. I like to have fun riding my bike and enjoy doing group rides but they were a bit too rude for my taste plus the Pro's were not digging the attitudes they brought to this ride as well since Team Type 1 is affiliated with The Tour De Cure rides. After a while we decided to stop at one of the rest stops and let them go on only to find that they made a wrong turn and completed a measly 40 miles of the ride. The Pro's had a crit to do that night and did not want to go as hard as we were going in the front pack so that was another reason we/they stopped. When we started up again we got in with another group of riders that were more mellow and we proceeded to have fun again... of course I was to be the mule for the group as usual and pulled the hell out of the flats/downhill’s but this time Emile put a hand on my back to keep me up front on the climbs. I still worked hard and his slight push was all I needed to keep my rolling fast, I'm 265 right now and very strong but gravity still has the upper hand on the climbs. Nobody can touch me on the downhills, his partner Joe mentioned that he could not hold my wheel if I started putting power down on the descents... If I manage to get a good lead-out and they are unable to get in my draft it's all over...till the next climb that is! Joe Eldridge was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in December of 1992, he rode with a thingy stuck on his arm that handles his glucose needs. One of the other riders in our group commented about my power levels and they all including the Pro's wanted to know my wattage output. I have no idea what my wattage is since those things are very expensive. One guy told me that when I would pass him it sounded like a freight train, I'm told this allot btw. I just like to ride my bike and I ride it hard... Emile is a world class sprinter and on all the county line signs we came up to he & I would sprint... make that he would dust me at every sign sprint and we'd be laughing for at least 1/2 a mile afterwards!! This is why I ride my bike.

As we finished up the ride Emile & Joe went to their tent and signed autographs, I hung out in the shade of the tent and waited for the guy I drove with... and waited...and waited. He rolled in about an hour after we were done. We were the front pack since the other guys made a wrong turn so I guess I like won or something since I was in the lead! When we were in the tent Joe had mentioned to me that every ride he has done with me I've gotten stronger and stronger and he was very impressed. I'm not trying to toot my own horn but this weight loss thing has not been easy and I know it's not easy for the guys reading this ******** post but we are all trying hard. I've lost 110 lbs since I've been back on the bike and I plan to ripp up the Clydesdale class MTB'rs yet once again when I'm at my race weight (240).

Tom, don't think about the pain think about the finish.

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Pain is my friend, it tells me I'm alive Here's what I think about pain.....in visual. It's hopefully going to be a poster as well......



Originally Posted by Big Scott
I did the GA tour De Cure a couple weeks back and had a great time. A couple Pro riders from Team type one were in the mix. They both knew me from the local group rides so I rode/pulled with/for them for the duration of the event. Emile told me from the get go that he was going to be drafting me the whole ride and he did just that! The ride turned out to be more of a race up front then a charity ride pace but then again any "group" ride I do is always a race in the front pack. I made some strong efforts and put the hurt on a bunch of folks mostly because I was in the lead and did not see the right turn! I personally added about 10 miles to the ride and had to get the entire pack to turn around when we ended up at some major Hi-way, I knew we/I made a wrong straight some ware! The front pack consisted of about 50 riders and when we got back on track we had to pass the slower riders and that was when things got a bit sketchy. A local team was there drilling it up front along with me and I know most of the guys on this team.... I also know that some of these guys can be jerks and when we started passing the slower, less experienced riders I heard them yelling for them to get out of the way. I was in the lead and passing folks like they were standing still as well but doing my best to be cordial to them considering the fact that I knew this was a mixed ride with folks from all levels and some of these folks may get a bit sketched out when a guy my size comes rolling by them at Mach speed (I can hold 30mph on the flats, been over 60 on downhill’s and normally roll 20-28mph). At one point I heard one of the guys actually yell to a rider "GET THE FUnK OUT OF THE WAY!!!" I sprinted up to him and told him the next time I hear him be a dic to another rider his forehead would get a taste of my forearm!

After we managed to get far enough away from the slower riders I would do my thing and pull for the pack. I don't mind pulling if the group is willing not to attack me on the climbs. I'm 266 right now and a very powerful rider but gravity wins on the hills and I have to work extra, extra hard to keep pace. Of course since it turned out to be a mock race they were indeed attacking me on the climbs and a couple of them were still acting like total jerks. I like to have fun riding my bike and enjoy doing group rides but they were a bit too rude for my taste plus the Pro's were not digging the attitudes they brought to this ride as well since Team Type 1 is affiliated with The Tour De Cure rides. After a while we decided to stop at one of the rest stops and let them go on only to find that they made a wrong turn and completed a measly 40 miles of the ride. The Pro's had a crit to do that night and did not want to go as hard as we were going in the front pack so that was another reason we/they stopped. When we started up again we got in with another group of riders that were more mellow and we proceeded to have fun again... of course I was to be the mule for the group as usual and pulled the hell out of the flats/downhill’s but this time Emile put a hand on my back to keep me up front on the climbs. I still worked hard and his slight push was all I needed to keep my rolling fast, I'm 265 right now and very strong but gravity still has the upper hand on the climbs. Nobody can touch me on the downhills, his partner Joe mentioned that he could not hold my wheel if I started putting power down on the descents... If I manage to get a good lead-out and they are unable to get in my draft it's all over...till the next climb that is! Joe Eldridge was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in December of 1992, he rode with a thingy stuck on his arm that handles his glucose needs. One of the other riders in our group commented about my power levels and they all including the Pro's wanted to know my wattage output. I have no idea what my wattage is since those things are very expensive. One guy told me that when I would pass him it sounded like a freight train, I'm told this allot btw. I just like to ride my bike and I ride it hard... Emile is a world class sprinter and on all the county line signs we came up to he & I would sprint... make that he would dust me at every sign sprint and we'd be laughing for at least 1/2 a mile afterwards!! This is why I ride my bike.

As we finished up the ride Emile & Joe went to their tent and signed autographs, I hung out in the shade of the tent and waited for the guy I drove with... and waited...and waited. He rolled in about an hour after we were done. We were the front pack since the other guys made a wrong turn so I guess I like won or something since I was in the lead! When we were in the tent Joe had mentioned to me that every ride he has done with me I've gotten stronger and stronger and he was very impressed. I'm not trying to toot my own horn but this weight loss thing has not been easy and I know it's not easy for the guys reading this ******** post but we are all trying hard. I've lost 110 lbs since I've been back on the bike and I plan to ripp up the Clydesdale class MTB'rs yet once again when I'm at my race weight (240).

Tom, don't think about the pain think about the finish.

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