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Own personal mini TDF

Old 06-12-08, 10:37 PM
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Own personal mini TDF

So I was sitting around tonight after my rain soaked bike ride and i was thinking. This i my first real summer of cycling after starting midway through last summer after I returned from backpacking Europe. Ironically I flew out of London the day after the prolouge. Anyway I was thinking of recreating my very own TDF. The plan is this:

I looked at the stages for each day of the tour and I was thinking of taking each days mileage and riding a fraction of that distance. The only time I would do the actual distance would be on the TT's. Anyway if I did the tour in 1/4 the distance I would cover about 600 miles. 750+ if I did it in 1/3. Since i have no other time committed this summer other then working and saving money up for moving out west I thought this would be a cool thing to do on my own. If I started in the next few days it would line up with my schedule via rest days. I am in no specific training this summer except I plan on doing a 24 hour ride sometime in September. If I did this I would do either the 1/4 or the 1/3 fractions as in the long run I think that would be the easiest. The only backfire here would be mountain passes and I would not really be able to recreate that in anyway. But this is an idea I came up with tonight. What do you guys think? Any input on how I could improve this idea? Thoughts, comments, and concerns are welcome.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:34 PM
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It's not your own TDF, it's just you riding your bike.

But if it makes you want to ride, I'm all for it.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:48 PM
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You would have to remember to do the mountain stages. On mountain stages, you have to do nothing but mountains or hills. On the flat stages you also have to do a massive sprint at the end.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:52 PM
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You have to follow the schedule with consecutive days, rest days, etc., and somehow do the mountains, or wear an enormous, weighted backpack to add resistance and provide suffering.
I think its a great idea. Kind of like Sprint Triatholons compared to Iron Man.
Do it!!

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
It's not your own TDF, it's just you riding your bike.

But if it makes you want to ride, I'm all for it.

I'll bet you think Alice Through the Looking Glass is fiction.
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Old 06-13-08, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Slackerprince View Post
I'll bet you think Alice Through the Looking Glass is fiction.
It's just a training schedule set which has some similarity to the setup of a race. It's not like your own TDF because the option to actually go out and ride the stages before the peloton is present.

And fiction. Really? I would never have guessed. Though I haven't read much Carroll, so I wouldn't know. I've been hanging out with Hemingway lately. Sorry.
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Old 06-13-08, 08:51 AM
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You haven't been hanging out with Hemingway, you've just been reading his books.
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Originally Posted by GGE View Post
You haven't been hanging out with Hemingway, you've just been reading his books.
Your literary prowess is astounding, as is your understanding of personification-esque themes.

What if my dogs name was Hemingway? Where would you be then?

As for the OP, I think it's a cool idea, but I think it's almost like playing pickup and calling it the NBA finals...
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Didi Senft must attend each stage, complete with pitchfork.
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Didi Senft must attend each stage, complete with pitchfork.
and don't forget the podium girls.
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It just dawned on me, for this you only need a midget german with beard and devil costume. This is a mini TDF afterall!
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