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Old 10-26-12, 10:22 PM
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Hhh

Any Clyde's tried the Hotter n Hell Hundred?

I work harder when I am working towards something, so I was thinking about signing up. The question would be should I go for the 100 or 50mile course? I am worried that a Clyde will struggle in the 100+degree heat. I'm down to 293lbs, I would hope that by the time it comes around I will be below 250, but even at that its still going to be tough!!
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Old 10-26-12, 10:40 PM
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What is your furthest ride in a day so far? Have you done other centuries?
Build up to it. Set training goals and enter other easier centuries in preparation for the HHH. If there are not organized centuries to ride, make a commitment to do your own "Century Saturdays"

HHH is going to take dedicated training and commitment. Going in only half prepared is begging for failure.

The 50 mile ride may be achievable on straight guts and courage after mediocre training, but it would be no fun.

Set a goal with scheduled training benchmarks. (25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles, the whole enchilada)
Put it on your wall and chart your progress. Numbers don't lie.

Good luck.
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Old 10-26-12, 10:53 PM
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I've done it a bunch of times. It's the easiest century you'll ever do. With a year to prepare it should be cake. The heat isn't as bad as people make it out to be. If you are training all summer, you will be used to the heat by the time it rolls around. My daily rides during the week are at noon, the heat doesn't bother me anymore. If you can get some speed built up by then and get with a couple fast friends, you can be enjoying a beer or three by noon while all the unprepared are out suffering.

Get out in front of the idiots early if you can. From the start to the first rest area is just survival, (guard your front wheel and don't let anyone take you out). Make sure you ate a good breakfast, and have enough water to get you 50 miles, then you can visit the rest areas if you want, traffic will have thinned out some.

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Old 10-26-12, 11:12 PM
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I did my first HHH this year. It was a blast! It wasn't exactly hotter'n hell (the high that day was about 97) but it was definitely windier'n hell (allegedly 20 gusting to 30, but of course if felt higher).

The course is relatively flat (my Garmin 500 showed ~1800 feet elevation gain), well marked, and very well supported. The rest stops were close enough together that we (I rode with a couple of friends) only used every second stop.

Living in Houston, you have the advantage of training in heat. I grew up in Fort Worth, TX, so I know what that kind of heat feels like, but I've lived for many years in the Seattle area. I feared I had lost all of my heat acclimatization. In the end, the heat was not such a big deal.

Train for the distance, train for the heat, hydrate hydrate hydrate (including electrolyte replacements), and you'll do fine.
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Old 10-26-12, 11:39 PM
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It's on the list of great rides I need to conquer. It may be in the cards for 2013 since I'm going to be living south of the Mason Dixon.
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Old 10-27-12, 08:00 PM
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I've tried the 50 mile route 3 times, made it twice. Last year it was just Hot. anyway, I could have made 100k this summer, but got nervous about my own endurance. This winter, I'll keep up my riding, and I think (THINK) I'll be able to do the complete 100. BTW, I'm 51, about 5'10", and weigh 248#.
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I agree with above. Train, Hydrate, get out early and just move through the course. I rode two centuries back to back tuesday and wednesday, on ragbrai this year. One on the official century day and one the day after 9because of where we started relative to the host town and where our support was at the end of the 4th day). It hit 110 in the wednesday host town on wednesday. I'm 330 and my son and I did this on our catrike expeditions. It was dangerously both of those days but we got out early.
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An invite to Ragbrai 41?


It can be a fun ride, or a big party.

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