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Tour de Palm Springs - 2013 - Clydesdales and Athenas

Old 02-10-13, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Julie is the one kissing vesteroid (he's in the cyde jersey), I'm the one wearing the cool breeze jersey, jsigone is the one doing all the self photos, including the one of the SRAM 'no tap' shift system. ahultin is on the tandem with his daughter behind and I didn't see Sebastian or beachgrad in any of the pictures?
I think that's one quarter of beachgrad right behind you on the second photo.

M&M's sure were nice. Though I liked dates at SAG#1 better.
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Old 02-10-13, 07:43 PM
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Part of me is in the pic with TH on left and Vesteroid on right...you can see my pink handlebars and my black jacket
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We basically skipped SAG 1. We pulled in but the crowd was out of control & the potty lines were insane.

My wife came back with all kinds of cool cycling food - i didn't see anything like that at our sags- did they have gels and stuff? I'm glad I brought my own food.

Ham - I'd bet we saw you at some point, it seems like we rode about the same pace.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
We basically skipped SAG 1. We pulled in but the crowd was out of control & the potty lines were insane.

My wife came back with all kinds of cool cycling food - i didn't see anything like that at our sags- did they have gels and stuff? I'm glad I brought my own food.

Ham - I'd bet we saw you at some point, it seems like we rode about the same pace.
Yes, SAG #1 was crowded, but I really had to go :/ That was my longest SAG stop, 12 minutes, and about half of it was in the potty line. (I know because I had a GPS in my pocket ...)

There were Clif gels at most stops, all I ate during the ride was a bunch of gels, some dates at SAG 1 and some M&M's at SAG 5.

I bet I saw you too, but there were TONS of people ... What time did you start? I can try to figure out when we passed each other.
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https://app.strava.com/activities/40379403

We started just a hair before 7 am - they wouldn't let us go for some reason, I guess they were lining up all the police traffic control. When we did go we were near the front of the bunch (until all the hyper people passed us of course). It took us 1:22 to get to SAG #1 (had to stop to admire jsigone's busted shifter for a bit) so figure right about 8:15 or so.

We spent about 10 min. at each rest stop (except for #4, which was 30 min) and only 5 min at the last stop and maybe 3 min. at the first stop on account of crowds.

We hit lunch 3:13 into the ride.
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We started just a hair before 7 am - they wouldn't let us go for some reason, I guess they were lining up all the police traffic control. When we did go we were near the front of the bunch (until all the hyper people passed us of course). It took us 1:22 to get to SAG #1 (had to stop to admire jsigone's busted shifter for a bit) so figure right about 8:15 or so.

We spent about 10 min. at each rest stop (except for #4, which was 30 min) and only 5 min at the last stop and maybe 3 min. at the first stop on account of crowds.

We hit lunch 3:13 into the ride.
Looks like I've passed you while you were inside SAG 2. If you were rolling into #1 at 8:15, that would put you in SAG 2 from 9:01 to 9:15. I didn't actually go in, I just pulled off the road and had a brief stop next to the sign from 9:02 to 9:07 and then moved on.

Next time, I guess.

I got my bracelet at 6:52 (I don't think that anyone ever bothered to check if I had one). Rather than trying to make my way up the swamped street back to where I'm guessing the starting line was, I took Tahquitz to Indian Canyon, and I was on my way. Thanks to the nice boost from riding in the paceline with Orange Coast Velo and then from riding with assorted other fast folks the rest of the way, and despite the inordinate number of traffic lights the last 20 miles, I was through the finish arch at 1:27 and back to the car at 1:35. In retrospect, I should have stayed to look around, but I was rather tired, sunburnt (I always get sunburnt on centuries, I have the worst possible skin type for outdoor activities), and there were people waiting for me back home.

This was my 7th century (if you count them liberally, including everything over 90 miles.) From experience, I've established a few basic rules and they seem to have helped.

* Bringing two _full_ bottles of sports drink to the starting line. (I prefer Hammer Perpetuem.)
* Trying to get one bottle of sports drink and 100 additional calories per hour, and trying to start eating and drinking 30 minutes to 1 hour into the ride. I don't usually get hungry enough to actually want to eat/drink that much, but my performance drops measurably if I go more than 2 hours without supplemental calories. On shorter rides, I just bring Perpetuem, 1 scoop per hour. On centuries, I try to get 1 scoop (130 calories) + something on the side.
* Not overexerting yourself early during the ride. My max HR is ~190, and my FTP is ~160. The first time I hit 160 was, I think, about 60 miles into the ride.
* On the other hand, there's no point going too slow, either. I was in the 140 to 155 range throughout the "hard" first leg (uphill and upwind), and I was above 140 often even during the "easy" tailwind section.
* Getting some rest, but not wasting time at SAG stops. 10 minutes is a good rest interval, it's usually not beneficial to rest longer than that.

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We did get tied up a little at rest stops waiting for people, not that anybody was seriously behind but it's hard to find people in those crowds. I bought a couple packs of perpetuum and keep meaning to try it but i never seem to think about it until its century time, and no way I'm trying something that different on a century.

My max HR is about 178 or so and 170+ puts me in the hurt locker if it's for any length of time. I spent the majority of the ride in zone 3 with a healthy selection of zone 4 while I was trying to keep up with jsigone. I think I might have maxed out at about 166 but anything in the low 150s is an all day effort for me, so I guess I managed that pretty well this time.

I forced myself to drink plenty this time; it's always a little harder to remember that when it's cold out but for me, everything else is secondary to not dehydrating.
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