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Completed my first 200 mile Ride Today!!

Old 07-30-11, 01:35 PM
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Completed my first 200 mile Ride Today!!

It was on a local Cancer Fundraiser in Charlotte-called 24 Hours of Booty. 1200 folks rode a 3 mile loop on closed city roads. Riders can do as many laps as they'd like. We started with Bobke leading us out on the first lap at 7 pm last night.

I rode through the night and finished around 9 am this morning. It was HOT and very humid. There weren't a lot of folks that were riding after midnight. Around 3 am I was in a small Paceline of 4 riders for a few laps. I thought another first-doing a paceline at 2-3 am!!

I had a number of pretty long stops. I think my average speed was a little under 18 mph. While it wasn't a hilly loop there was still enough hills to total 6500 ft of climbing over the 200 miles. I thought I'd be faster but that is a lot of riders to put on a 3 mile loop. A lot of time was spent avoiding unicycles and less experienced cyclists.

There were a couple of pretty techincal turns that I really had to concentrate on taking with speed late at night. I know why I don't do Crits-I'd quickly get spun off the back on the turns.

I almost really messed up from the start. I thought they'd serve us a meal at the start but didn't read stuff correctly. I did the first 60 miles after just eating a sandwich for lunch and was running on empty before my wife brought me something to save the ride.

I can now check the 200 miler off my bucket list-I certainly don't have to scratch that itch again.......
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Gees 200 miles? Congratulations; I think... This might sound frederick, but hows your booty?
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200 miles at 3 miles to the lap means that you got to know the bumps and potholes by their first names. Congrats on the journey.
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Old 07-30-11, 03:25 PM
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Many moons ago I did a ride as 3rd member on a 24 hour road ride. Thought it was a relay but it wasn't. 3 riders in one team and each doing the 24 hours. That was the first mistake. Second was still agreeing to do it.

Only lasting memory I have is the Thigh ache after the ride. That hurt so hopefully you will do as I did and vow never to do one again---------Do a 100 miler offroad instead- it's easier and only takes half the time.
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Nicely done. Now I've got to go re-read the recent thread on boredom to see what you posted! A 3 mile loop!
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Wow! I can't imagine doing that many miles in a 24 hour period. Congratulations
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Congrats, jppe! I have ridden a couple of doubles, but, they were a larger loop that I only rode once.
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Wow! Great job jppe!!! To think where you were a few months ago that is quite the accomplishment.
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I can't even imagine a 200 mile ride. Congrats.
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Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet
Wow! Great job jppe!!! To think where you were a few months ago that is quite the accomplishment.
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I'll second the sentiment - Great Job!
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Congratulations!

I'm hoping to stretch up to doing a double metric later this year, but 200 miles still seems like a far away dream. They are having one of those rides in Atlanta on Oct. 1, but I'm already planning a different ride that day. The idea of repeating a 3 mile loop all day didn't sound very interesting. I can't imagine doing it 67 times.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg
Congratulations!

I'm hoping to stretch up to doing a double metric later this year, but 200 miles still seems like a far away dream. They are having one of those rides in Atlanta on Oct. 1, but I'm already planning a different ride that day. The idea of repeating a 3 mile loop all day didn't sound very interesting. I can't imagine doing it 67 times.
It was definitely a different and intriguing experience. There were just as many mental challenges as physical ones. I have done much fewer higher mileage rides this year than the past 7-8 years so I had not really "trained" for doing a ride with that many miles in the saddle. When I got the opportunity a few weeks ago I said what the heck. I talked to some folks who had done the ride before and they suggested attempting to ride through the night due to the fewer riders on the road. Since the temperatures wound up being the highest this year that seemed like a good plan to attempt. I took my tent and pad was prepared to catch a nap if needed. At first I hated it when the sun went down. I simply could not see well enough for the speeds I was riding. The roads were not lit that well and I didn't have a good headlamp. A number of the riders didn't have a good taillight so every now and then I'd run up on the back of another rider and have to swerve at the last minute. That was unnerving and taxing. I guess my eyes adjusted and later I was able to see much better.

The first 120 miles were pretty uneventful-especially after getting a sandwich. However I started feeling puny at 120 miles and told myself to just get to 140 and I'd take a break. When I got to 140 miles, after a break I thought about doing just another 10 miles to get the nice round number of 150 miles. However the most miles I'd done before was 160 miles so I gave myself a challenge of doing 170. I got to 170 miles about 5 am which is when they served breakfast. After getting something to eat I thougth I could get to 200 by doing just 10 more laps-that seemed simple so adjusted my plan to do that. I got to 190 miles but hit another wall. Fortunately a local rider came by with a small group and I fell in with them and eased around for the remaining 4 laps.

What was interesting was after 120 miles I'd have a stretch where I really struggled. I'd drink a soft drink and my legs would get really strong again. I'd get in a great rythm and hate to stop to take a break. Seemed like that happened a couple times.

Later in the ride it made me wonder just what my mileage limt might be. If the weather was agreeable I think I might could have done a good bit more-especially if the route were devoid of many hills-those just take me to a crawl.

It was interesting to see to see fresher riders coming back to ride that morning when I had close to 200 miles under me. I was okay in the flats but anytime I'd hit a hill I was toast!

I had lots more lemon lime drink tonight for supper just like last night. Except tonight it has some Jose Cuervo added to it......
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Congratulations jppe I cant believe you were sick just a short while ago. I guess you have all your strength back. I'm getting stronger and faster, but I'll never be riding as far as you did. Wow what a ride. I bet you had a hard time getting to sleep after a ride like that. Heres to ya.
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Awesome.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
I'll second the sentiment - Great Job!
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Congratulstions!
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That's amazing in high heat and humidity. Now go get some professional help!
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That is fantastic! I dream of a century.....

Congrats.
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Well done sir!! You've had quite a summer so far, excellent
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Okay, now that I have checked your age and you're not 76 I can heartily congratulate you!
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Originally Posted by Sculptor7
Okay, now that I have checked your age and you're not 76 I can heartily congratulate you!
Actually he is 22, masquerading as a 50+'r. I know, we rode the same trails (well, he rode and I limped) in Glenwood Springs a couple of years ago. Our times were the same, except his were round trip times and my times were one-way!!
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