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Old 01-03-13, 05:09 PM
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Well, I've done it. Signed up today for my first TDC, which will also be my first organized cycling event; now I just need a bike (ha ha). The bike I ride the most is in "repair mode" (I need more tools), so I will be swapping parts around to keep riding. By next weekend, the main bike will be back together and I can tear apart the next one. I have to say, that Chain-L lube is wicked smooth, very impressed with it.

So, I believe AerobaticDreams and his wife are already signed up, do we have any other Central Florida Clydes/Athenas that have been on the fence about this that I can encourage to join?
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Well, I've done it. Signed up today for my first TDC, which will also be my first organized cycling event; now I just need a bike (ha ha). The bike I ride the most is in "repair mode" (I need more tools), so I will be swapping parts around to keep riding. By next weekend, the main bike will be back together and I can tear apart the next one. I have to say, that Chain-L lube is wicked smooth, very impressed with it.

So, I believe AerobaticDreams and his wife are already signed up, do we have any other Central Florida Clydes/Athenas that have been on the fence about this that I can encourage to join?
Yes- we are already signed up. Currently making the payment of time and miles to be able to complete the ride!!! Would love to see more folks from the Forum sign up!
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Hey Podagrower! You ready for the Tour? I posted a "Who is riding this" thread in the Southeast section.

The Wife and I have survived my attempted carjacking at gunpoint, a nasty cycling wreck between us and a bad choice to drink too much...still not where we want to be as far as fitness...but we are making final plans for the event.

Catch me up where you are with it all!!!
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You need more tools? You know, I think I got my bike tool box at Performance (their ascent brand) years ago for maybe $40 and it's been completely satisfactory. The park tools I own are "nicer" but they don't work any better for the amount of time I use them (except the spoke wrenches... combo wrenches are for the birds)

Good luck on your ride, we have a bunch of people doing the Long Beach TDC next month.
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Well, I'm not as well prepared as I want to be. I made my longest ride (35 miles), and then decided to change the setup. Swapped out the stock tires for some Vittoria Hypers (good decision), and decided the saddle I had wasn't going to make the distances, so I decided to go with a Brooks B17. I have somewhere around 175 miles on the Brooks, and it's getting good, but breaking it in 5 miles at a time really cut into my distance goals.
I have done a 12 mph average for an hour on the roads around the house, and can get to 20 mph on flat sections. I originally signed up for 25 miles in the TDC because I knew I could ride that far, but have always intended to run 50 miles that day. I need to find out this weekend if that is going to happen or not.
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I think you can do the 50.
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Well, I'm not as well prepared as I want to be. I made my longest ride (35 miles), and then decided to change the setup. Swapped out the stock tires for some Vittoria Hypers (good decision), and decided the saddle I had wasn't going to make the distances, so I decided to go with a Brooks B17. I have somewhere around 175 miles on the Brooks, and it's getting good, but breaking it in 5 miles at a time really cut into my distance goals.
I have done a 12 mph average for an hour on the roads around the house, and can get to 20 mph on flat sections. I originally signed up for 25 miles in the TDC because I knew I could ride that far, but have always intended to run 50 miles that day. I need to find out this weekend if that is going to happen or not.
You sound like you are almost exactly where I am fitnesswise. I know I can make the 50, but it will be a test for sure. Been looking at my training, and after this I need to start getting more time in. I have lost 17 pounds thus far and my doctor is surprised and happy with me. I want to be a much stronger rider....!
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Yesterday was a beautiful day for a ride, the kind of day cyclist should have off with pay. I decided I needed to know how far, and how fast I could ride. I set my sights on a metric century, and set off solo on the West Orange Trail from Apopka. I should have printed out the TDC rest stop mileages and used them, but I didn't think about that until I was on the trail. Lots of people out, lots of TDC talk on the trail. The ride to Killarney station (20 miles) was great, but that is where the West Orange ends, and the Lake Minneola scenic trail begins (there is a reason the Horrible Hundred is run in this area). The climb from Killarney to Minneola is bad, but the climb from Minneola back to Killarney is worse (I'm not sure how they made it uphill both ways, but I'm sure they did). "Pig on the Pond" bar b que event in Clermont had the trail closed, and forced a turn around at 30 miles. After 40 miles, fatigue was an issue, clipping in and unclipping became an issue, and I'm sure that at the end, I looked like a drunk frat monkey in the saddle-I almost sideswiped a Plymouth Volaire trying to unclip at one crossing (my wife said she wouldn't be able to live with the shame). When I got back to the van, I had 60.5 miles on Strava, and 954' of climbing at an average speed of 11.3, yes I could have ridden a mile past the van, and a mile back to get the metric, but no I could not ride 2 more miles. I fell asleep on the sofa when I got home.

So, the short answer is yes, I can ride 50 miles, and will do so in next weekends TDC Orlando.
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Old 03-10-13, 05:23 AM
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Sounds like you're ready to do the full century then.
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It sounds like you had a great ride. And I totally understand about the Minneola to Killarney - not that I ever made it that far. I do want to go try it again. Last time I tried I took off from the Lake headed east pulling two boys in a trailer on a box store bike. Needless to say, I didn't get very far. Haven't been back with my better bike and trailerless. I know I'll still have issues but it can't be as bad as it was then.
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ROCK ON. 3 days till the event, and I restrain an intercostal muscle. For those who don't know, that would be the muscles between your ribs-you're better off breaking a rib is what the doctor said when it first happened-over a year ago. Hurts to bend, hurts to rise, hurts to twist. It will hurt to lay in bed tonight I already know. This may be the longest 50 mile ride ever, but I won't let this stop me.
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Good job making it through with injury....! Nice seeing you out there too.
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Give us ride reports!
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My Ride Report:
This was my first 50 mile or organized event, all at once. Got to the location and was a bit surprised at seeing 1000 cyclists in one place. More surprised at how many were walking around in shorts and short jerseys while I was freezing..!

They talked alot before starting us. When half the riders got to the starting area we couldn't hear the PA anymore. All of a sudeen people in front of us were moutning up and riding off..so I did also. My wife was attempting to stay behind me so she didn;t leave me far, far behind. The ride to the first rest area triggered an asthma attack and sinus issues. I managed to keep going. The rest area was jammed and we spent probably a half an hour there for restrooms. Most of the pack left us behind as a result. This was about 17 miles into the ride.

The ride from the 1st to the 2nd rest area was another 12 or 13 miles. There were few people on the road, and half way through my sinus meds wore off. Had to stop and take some more. Got rolling again and pssed a few other folks ahead of us before reaching the rest area. Took a quick stop, had some energy gels and water and got back on the bikes. The next rest stop was 41 miles into the total ride. This part of the ride was my strongest, passing a number of people who had dropped me earlier in the day. No asthma or sinus issues and overall my legs and body felt good. The last rest area left only 7 or so miles in the ride after it.

Stopped quickly and Podagrower rode up and said hello. Nice to meet him in person. I was kinda fried, and hoped we would meet up at the end to chat more. Forgot to take anymore energy food, but had water. It was only 7 miles...right? Geez...

2 more miles in saw a pretty bad wreck involving a Cylde. He touched another riders wheel with his and a group went down. We stopped to see if anyone needed help. He was way embarrassed, but seemingly unhurt. He could stand up and two others were helping him. Luckily I was behind him and was able to get an extra push in to get him upright. He had no legs left at all. I felt his pain....

We got back riding just as hell sent a wind to torment us. then it sent a slight uphill to worsen things. The last 4 miles turned out to be hell for me. With a mile left a strong rider came by and offered a draft...I couldn't keep up and thanked him. He wished me good lick and raced off. The mile or so between seeing the finsh line and getting to it was harder than 90% of the rest of the ride...but I finally made it.

We had some food and visited the tents around the event. Never saw Podagrower again...rather bummed I was too knackered to say "Look for us at the end!". Along the way I saw a number of avaition businesses that I may be able to find work at (which would be a good thing!). Am happily surprised that I am able to walk today at all. Trying to enforce a rest day on myself and my wofe and looking forward to my next bike ride. The even made me feel a lot better about my Diabetes, I don't feel so alone and defective now. Wondering if we can make the Jacksonville area ride or not...
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Thanks for the report. It sounds like it was a great ride, but the food stops seem oddly placed.
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Thanks for the report. It sounds like it was a great ride, but the food stops seem oddly placed.
I thought they were a little odd, but this was my first supported ride as well, so I just thought it was typical.

My ride report:
Woke up my wife to hear her dream about my having a flat tire. When I got to the parking lot, it sounded like the pits at a Nascar race, with 500 people adjusting tire pressures. I worked my way to the starting line near the back, and wound up next to a nice guy and his buddy. His buddy was bikeless, and they explained that they had a bad start at a similar event, and the buddy had broken his arm, so he could't ride. (This is what I start with in my mind)

The highest bib number I saw was right around 1,200. The 10 and 25 mile routes started an hour later than the 50, 70, and 100; but there were probably 800 people at the start. It took a couple of miles to get mostly single file, and I found a group of 3 riders in the 14 MPH neighborhood. I drafted with them till the first rest stop, and that was were I screwed up. Everybody stopped at the first rest stop, and the lines were rediculous. I should have made sure to stick with the group that I had been riding with, but I struck out on my own. I may have been a little too relaxed, posted to BF, and playing wordfued with my wife while at the rest stop.

From rest stop 1 to 2 was good, almost got my first squirrel (seems mandatory), but apparently yelling "Don't do it" to a squirrel about 2 feet from your front wheel will cause them to turn and run. I rode the whole stretch solo, passing and being passed equally. Again, posting online at the rest stop to let my wife know I can still be irritating while far away.

Rest stop 2 to 3 started good, there were no packs leaving rest stop 2, so I was solo again. There was a couple about 1/4 mile ahead, riding close to my same pace (still around 14), but I didn't want to put any effort into catching them. They got stopped at a light, which allowed me to catch up and pass, and then I had to stand on the brakes. The guy was riding a single speed mountain bike, and had no problems maintaining the 14 MPH I was riding, I didn't notice that until I passed, so I had to stop and ask how it was to ride. It was a Surly Karate Monkey, and he said it wasn't bad at all, I'll bet with the tire size, it was one of the most comfortable rides out there. I rode with them for a while, but lost them somewhere. Around 40 miles, things went downhill for me, I had failed to eat anything worthwhile at the first 2 rest stops, and my legs were starting to cramp (but I recognized it this time, and was able to make an "unofficial" rest stop at a convenience store to grab some liquid potassium. And then the wind kicked in, how can there be a headwind from the east, then the south, then the west, when those are the directions you have to ride?

Rest stop 3 was a welcome sight, and they had Nutella! I had the bib numbers of BF members written on my top tube, so it was nice to see a familiar number. Again, I struck out solo, but saw a hearty soul ride past the rest stop, so it didn't take long to catch him. Had a nice chat about the ride so far, and both of us cussed the wind that kept kicking up as we were not very aerodynamic. I tried to take the pull, but his legs were in worse shape than mine, and he couldn't keep up, I felt bad about leaving, but couldn't decide if staying was going to be worse for me. The ride from rest stop 3 to the end (7 miles) took forever. My speed was almost never above 10 for this stretch, and I couldn't wait to get off the bike.

I didn't run Strava for the ride, but my Sigma says 13.8 avg speed for the ride. I'm happy, my legs never actually cramped, they feel pretty good today, and I looked longingly at the bike in the garage on my way in the house tonight. There is a sick person inside me that wants to ride tonight, but the rest of me has too many other things to do. My Brooks is still not my dream saddle yet, but it still promises to be. I think I figured out the final adjustment for it.
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Nice reports. Glad you both conquered the challenge. Poda - how did the ribs hold up?
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Nice reports. Glad you both conquered the challenge. Poda - how did the ribs hold up?
It's fine when I don't move. If I twist (to look back), it's knife like. So, mirror only, no look backs. My fall with the clipless death pedals in the driveway really didn't help in the healing.
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Great average Poda! Wish I could have done this ride.
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Way to go Podagrower and AerobaticDreams.

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