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Old 01-01-05, 09:04 PM
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Anyone into endurance 6/12/24hr?

I just did my first solo 6hr event this past Friday. I have only one word to describe it, "strategery".

I kid

The only thing i have to say is it was complete and utter torture...and i want to do it again very soon.

It was a daytime 6hr and the weather was great. I rode a hardtail with a not-so-enduro front fork. My butt hurts, my back hurts, my arms hurt, my ego is doing just fine

Overall placement was 11th of 19 with 50.4 miles in 6hrs 15mins
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(you hucking/DH/Freeride guys can tell us about your extended hucking adventures too)
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Old 01-01-05, 09:20 PM
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Yup.

Doing this puppy: http://racedaycompany.com/siteupgrade/ngarhome.php in T-Minus 14 days

50 miles on the bike, 25 trekking/running, 25 in a canoe.

My training mainly consists of riding until it hurts...and then riding some more. Wrinse and repeat with running and paddling.
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I competed in my first 24 hour race this past summer. Had a blast. Nothing like sensory deprivation at dark-thirty in the morning on a greasy singletrack. this year we plan on doing at least 2 events.
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I don't think I could handle 24 hours on the bike. Mind you, it sounds fun.. I just don't think I'm capable of such things yet.
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Old 01-02-05, 06:13 AM
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You never know what you are fully capable of until you do it

Coming around for my final lap I was having serious doubts about whether or not I could make it, but I just put my nose to the grindstone and kept on going for another 10 miles. I highly recommend it!
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I don't think I could handle 24 hours on the bike. Mind you, it sounds fun.. I just don't think I'm capable of such things yet.
You'd be surprised at what the body can put up with. I do a 12 hour ride each year called the South Downs Way,in one day. 100 miles of off road with 10,000 ft of climbing. Not easy and training comes into it a lot. My theory is that the only place you will use energy is uphills, so I take them at a steady comfortable pace, no racing or putting extra effort until it is required. Mind you, the flatter bits are taken at speed, and the downhills are taken with ease.

It may be masochism but I am looking for a 24 hour enduro to do next year, but have trouble trying to get an entry, so if anyone knows of a 24 hour event taking place in the U.K. next year, that will take a solo Tandem team, let me know.
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
Yup.

Doing this puppy: http://racedaycompany.com/siteupgrade/ngarhome.php in T-Minus 14 days

50 miles on the bike, 25 trekking/running, 25 in a canoe.

My training mainly consists of riding until it hurts...and then riding some more. Wrinse and repeat with running and paddling.
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Too bad it wasn't this past week or weekend huh? Temps well into the mid-60's....
I watched the video and was surpised at the age of most there (in video anyway).
Have fun, maybe it won't be sub-zero in a couple of weeks.
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Too bad it wasn't this past week or weekend huh? Temps well into the mid-60's....
I watched the video and was surpised at the age of most there (in video anyway).
Have fun, maybe it won't be sub-zero in a couple of weeks.
Yeah, it's unseasonably warm here right now, I went out for what I intended to be a little 45 minute ride today, and the weather was so nice (70* and sunny) that I 'accidently' turned it into a 2.5 hour ride. One of my team-mates and I got out and did some creek/whitewater canoeing yesterday, and lemme tell ya - the water temp hasn't caught up yet!

It's looking like the race temps around Blue Ridge, GA (the race start point is in that area) will be pretty reasonable with highs around 55-60 and lows around 35-40, however in light of the possibility for sub-zero weather the race organizers took out the river paddling. So now, I've got 20-25 miles of flatwater paddling to look forward to. Ouch. Thats going to be the most time consuming part of the race now.

As for the old folks, well, as I learned running Grandfather Mountain Marathon - age isn't an impediment to speed for some. At about mile 8 I got passed by two old 80ish year old men talking about running the Badwater 100 Then, to add insult to injury at mile 25 (1.2 to go!) I was passed by a tiny 50+ year old Asian lady. In other races I've smoked high school/college trackie types, only to be beaten by people who look as though they'd be wearing depends and pining for their geratol.
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Thinking about putting together a team to do some 24 hour races this summer. I could probably train myself to do a solo, but, to me, that's crossed the line from fun to... well, NOT fun. But, a team effort does sound like fun.
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