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Strava Festive 500 - who's going to take up the challenge?

Old 12-30-13, 08:50 AM
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I'm at 50%... just couldnt find the time this season to put in any longer rides. 35 a day, with a few longer and a few shorter. I'll be out of town tomorrow, so unless I do 133 tonight, I'm done.
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Old 12-30-13, 11:25 AM
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I finished up last night. I'll do some more miles and drive up my final ranking a little, but my right knee is a little wobbly from all the wear and tear and a sprint segment I did last night didn't help matters at all.

I almost certainly will not pay $40 for a freaking t-shirt. I would probably buy a cycling jersey commemorating completing the Festive 500, but not a freaking $40 t-shirt.

To paraphrase the description of someone's uber-bike: "This t-shirt was woven from Jessica Alba's bellybutton lint, blessed by Eddy Merckx, is lighter than a g-string and costs more than the GDP of seven different African nations."

I still have the Rapha Festive 500 patch from last year. Still haven't decided what to do with the patches, other than pin them to my wall.

Good luck to those of you still trying to grind this thing out. I found this year went a lot easier by backing off a couple notches speedwise and just taking the mileage slow and easy. The butt endurance was the biggest challenge for me. By the end of each ride I could hardly wait to just get off the bike, not because my legs were done but because I just couldn't stand being on the saddle any longer.

Btw my friend and I did in fact kick off this year's Festive with a repeat of what I did last year, which was a Midnight Ride in the wee hours of the first day of the challenge. We did 50 miles during that ride, then went home and slept, and then went out and rode again on Christmas Eve Day. My total for the first day was 84 miles this way.
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Old 12-30-13, 02:44 PM
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I found this year went a lot easier by backing off a couple notches speedwise and just taking the mileage slow and easy. The butt endurance was the biggest challenge for me. By the end of each ride I could hardly wait to just get off the bike, not because my legs were done but because I just couldn't stand being on the saddle any longer.
Amen to that - I'm about to suit up for the last 50 miles I owe Strava for 2013 and my legs are tired, my shoulders are sore and my butt... is killing me. It's funny, my legs are OK for the miles but I have *nothing* in reserve after about 35 miles. I have to stand up to get over some pretty modest rises that normally cause no problems at all.

The problem with slow and steady is that you're sitting your kiester for longer! Unfortunately, that's the only way I was able to stay in this thing. This makes me feel a little better about doing some bicycle touring though some day - presumably I could spend my off cycle time relaxing instead of finishing putting in new baseboards, buying a tree, decorating the tree, wrapping 4,000 presents for the kids and even working a few of the days.

I was just wondering how your midnight ride strategy worked out - thanks for the update.
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Old 12-30-13, 04:00 PM
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Done! Tonight I can dine in an indian restaurant without having to be afraid for the aftermath.
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Old 12-30-13, 06:03 PM
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I was just wondering how your midnight ride strategy worked out - thanks for the update.
It worked out well. I bundled up in about five or six layers, and was perfectly fine and warm except that I couldn't find my balaclava and had to use a different warm head thing that made my helmet too tight, and after an hour or so my toe covers and wool socks weren't enough and my toes were getting uncomfortably cold. The ride took us 1/2 mile or so away from a Walmart, so we diverted and stopped at this Walmart at like 2 or 3 AM and pushed the bikes around the store looking for chemical handwarmers to stuff into the toe covers, over my shoes.

They were out of the handwarmers, but they had some larger chemical hot pads for putting on a shoulder or a lower back or whatever to help with pain, and so we bought them and stuffed them under the toe covers. My feet never got toasty but they stopped getting cold for most of the remainder of the ride. I thought the warmers had run out of chemical but I think it was just a lack of airflow that kept them from getting warmer, because the next morning after I woke up and felt the chemical warmers I'd pulled out from under the toe covers when I got home, the hot pads were very warm.
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Old 12-30-13, 08:53 PM
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Ok...Day 7 put in another 70 miles riding with my friends and helping them get to 500KM.

http://app.strava.com/activities/102909047

I am now at 631KM

we have another 30 miles to go tomorrow. RECOVERY RIDE

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Old 12-30-13, 09:15 PM
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Phew.


My toes froze tonight... didn't really bring any cold weather stuff and after the sun went down - it got cold.

Don't care, done. Well done beachgrad - I feel like you dragged me kicking and screaming to the end. (clap clap)
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Old 12-31-13, 12:21 AM
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guess I'm the straggler even after my good start Plan is to take my CX bike with 35c tires to Point Loma's Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and visit my younger brother grave on the wall. Should be a fitting day on the bike and cap the yr with another century. I'm losing track of all these long days on the saddle, they seem to be normal now....

Congrats TJ, Beach, SethAZ and Ataruo on getting your fabric, I'm 57miles behind you
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Old 12-31-13, 12:59 AM
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Ah, you'll make it... probably only take you 45 min. too.

What's this about your bro?
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she did it! tonight she's getting a nice bath, and a massage with the right amount of lube. congrats to all of you to endure this a$$ destroying endeavor.
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semi-related...

Does Strava do challenges like this from time to time all year?
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semi-related...

Does Strava do challenges like this from time to time all year?
Yep.
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Old 12-31-13, 11:32 AM
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semi-related...

Does Strava do challenges like this from time to time all year?
Yes, but this is the only one with actual bling.

They usually have at least one a month that's general (for January it's "Prove It") and occasionally have one that's more targeted (ride the same distance as the tour de California or something like that)
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I finished mine. Back in DFW today, but the weather was perfect. Did 43 miles to take me just over the top

http://www.strava.com/activities/103051149

I'm tempted to join premium just to see how I did compared to other 50+ Clyde's....
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I crashed 12 miles in taking short cut single track. Went down on a techy rocky uphill section. Lacked the momentum to get over the last rock and took it to the chest. Right shifter went 90* inward, lever popped out of one pivot point with carbon rash on the edge. Stem was 45* in the wrong direction. The rear slammed hard enough to pop the qr loose. Rear wheel was floppy like a dead fish only being connected by the chain. Rear d hanger bolts appear to be loose, better then snapped. One of the rear brake pads fell out of the caliper.

Frame Appears ok, no creaking. Has some rear shifting issues now. I'll have to dial it in on the stand when I get home. Not gonna make the century today to the point cuz my pakm n wrist hurts when I hit bumps. But will make the metric needed to get this darn patch. Fueling up at one of my fav bistros along the coast and limp home with my dirty white capo kit.
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I crashed 12 miles in
Zoinks! Which bike were you riding?
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I crashed 12 miles in
. I hope everything is going to work out fine for you.
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I rode the new CX bike today, loved and hated the 35c plushness...they make my legs burn more on the back end of the ride
504k done, legs feel fine, butt feel fine, lost some mental mojo in this 312 mile challenge and the crash didn't help the mental side of it, I was just done at that point. Didn't even take a pic of the bike in it's shattered form, just flipped it upside down to get it working and make sure the frame wasn't cracked
http://www.strava.com/activities/103101652


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sad to find out I cracked the plastic body of the Right SRAM Force shifter on that that crash..... It follows the line of the cable routing....

My left legs is pretty bruised from the stem, right leg is bruised from the top of the bar and the tip of the bar. Somehow I caught the chainring with the back of my left ankle as I have three scratches there too.
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sad to find out I cracked the plastic body of the Right SRAM Force shifter on that that crash..... It follows the line of the cable routing....

My left legs is pretty bruised from the stem, right leg is bruised from the top of the bar and the tip of the bar. Somehow I caught the chainring with the back of my left ankle as I have three scratches there too.
Left ankle?

I nailed myself with the chainrings on the back of my right ankle once... I was goofing off trying to paperboy up my driveway, got stuck and drilled myself attempting to dismount. i didn't notice anything and finished my ride, and that's when I noticed the river of blood running down my leg, through my sock, down my shoe and dripping on the ground. ha ha. What a boneheaded move.
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Congrats to those that finished the challenge and to those that gave it a go.
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yah I've done the right ankle chain ring from other "events" but this was the first tagging on the left side

For now I think I'll JB weld the shifter til I can get replacement $$ saved up. My kiddo turns 1 this weds so we're planning a good bday party that has nuked my 2wheel funds
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yah I've done the right ankle chain ring from other "events" but this was the first tagging on the left side

For now I think I'll JB weld the shifter til I can get replacement $$ saved up. My kiddo turns 1 this weds so we're planning a good bday party that has nuked my 2wheel funds
Too bad you don't have an extra set of wheels...
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I NEED a spare set of sram shifters LOL. Question is do I buy only the right shifter for $210 or a pair for $310 and keep the other one incase I kiss a rock again just have to make sure to crash my left side first
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I'd say right only - I looked for just one shifter for my old bike for a while and it's impossible to find used right ultegra shifters, but the left ones were in abundance. That might have been peculiar to that model though.

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