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My first half century. Ride report from hell

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My first half century. Ride report from hell

Old 08-31-08, 02:27 AM
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A comedy of errors............

Funny though, no offense intended, of course.
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Old 08-31-08, 04:25 AM
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Sounds like your major mistake was taking a piss . . . . everything fell apart after that.

Don't ever do that again!

Nice write-up.
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Old 08-31-08, 07:38 AM
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I'm doing my first one today. Hopefully it will be less eventful than the OP's experience. I did 44 miles last Sunday and 28 last night, so I think I'm ready. Started off with a big bowl of oatmeal. And I know the route.
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Originally Posted by Copperhed51 View Post

Since I'm a complete moron, I forgot to eat any food all day before I left. .
How is this possible?
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Old 08-31-08, 08:47 AM
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@Copperhead: I've got a Garmin 305 that I'll sell you for a really good price...
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Old 08-31-08, 11:22 AM
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^ won't do him any good. They still haven't mapped Kansas. Not enough demand.
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Old 08-31-08, 11:37 AM
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Why did you crawl under the train? Trains love to stop in the middle of our college campus (one of the largest in the nation) all the time and we all just climb between the cars. Much less dirty, and slightly less chance of getting squished by a train.

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Old 08-31-08, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Szczuldo View Post
I take it you did not take a look at the radar then?
It was 1978.
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Old 08-31-08, 12:18 PM
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Spectacular report! You really captured the feeling that the ride would continue for all eternity. Hope it was the worst ride of your life.
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Old 08-31-08, 12:19 PM
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That was very funny indeed!!
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Old 08-31-08, 02:31 PM
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I got licked by dogs after I got home from a long ride as well. I think they like the salt.
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Not too many posters on BF with enough self-esteem to post what has to be one of the grandest screwups in BF history. Good on ya!!!

On the other hand…What Were You Thinking!!??

Right now, go to http://www.ksdot.org/burtransplan/maps/MapPriceList.asp and order “General Highway Maps” (county road maps) for Johnson, Miami, Douglas, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth counties. $0.40 each for 18x30 maps plus $2.00 shipping for the lot. They’ll show you every paved and unpaved road in each county. I go mine here in Wichita at a large blueprint company - probably can do the same in JoCo.

Then, before your next showcase, signature ride, plan it using the map(s) and drive it in a car.

If it’s your first 50-miler, I doubt you’re a competitive cyclist yet, so focus on finishing and not on speed. Gear down one cog lower than you think you “should” be in. Wait until mile 35 or so to decide if it’s been too slow so far and if it’s time to pick it up a little. Plan your route to hit convenience stores every 15 miles or so.

Be sure you’re in adequate physical condition before reaching too far. When I was a track and cross country coach before rupturing a disk in my back, the conventional wisdom was that one could run – once, with adequate rest before – 2.5 to 3 times their normal daily average. Thus one could comfortably finish a marathon with a training program that built to about 60 miles/week, especially if it included one or two runs of at least 18 miles thrown in there. Certainly others finish with less training, but unless they carried exceptional conditioning into the program, they probably didn’t finish comfortably. I don’t have the same knowledge base for cycling, but would be surprised if it varied much. I ride about 30-35 miles 3 or 4 times a week, with a little longer one thrown in there occasionally. Having done this now for about 3 months, even though I’m nearly 59, I’ve had no trouble finishing a century in 101 degree heat, or riding 75 miles this morning with the first 30 miles into a Kansas headwind. You won’t see me on any podiums, though.

I love your spirit. Everyone at BF would urge you to plan a route, get your body ready (train, rest, eat, hydrate). You’ve overcome the worst part, and can laugh at failure. Now you can revel in success. Good luck. Let us know when you get it done!
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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
Why did you crawl under the train? Trains love to stop in the middle of our college campus (one of the largest in the nation) all the time and we all just climb between the cars. Much less dirty, and slightly less chance of getting squished by a train.

Mac
Well, honestly I pondered this whole scenario for a good 5 minutes, hoping that while I pondered, the thing would move it's ass out of my way. Going between the cars would have been no problem if it was just me without my bike or if I was comfortable lifting my bike over to the other side and letting it fall to the ground after I let go. I was really surprised at just how high up the trains are connected to each other and how cluttered and dirty it is between the cars. I also figured that if the train started moving, I'd have more time/room to work with before getting run over if I was under the train rather than between the cars. Additionally, I wasn't in the mood to climb anything.

As for the rest of the comments, thanks for the encouragement. Honestly, I feel like if I was able to do 44 miles after not eating for at least 13 hours and dealing with gravel roads and all that crap then I am not doing too bad at all. With some less improper planning next time I imagine things will go fairly well. I hope I can get a century in before the season is over.
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Old 09-01-08, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
@Copperhead: I've got a Garmin 305 that I'll sell you for a really good price...
bdcheung, I PM'd you.
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I really enjoyed reading that. All the misery, all the suck. So humbling.

Now, what you need to do for redemption is to do another half century (+/-), but do it right. Eat beforehand, bring plenty of water plus an energy bar, do a recon of the route in advance, then post the results.

Oh, and take plenty of pics, cuz without pics it didn't happen
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Old 09-01-08, 12:10 PM
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Maybe you were just joking about kicking the mirror off, but, please people, save your expensive carbon shoes from that abuse. Your hand, held flat open and tensed up a bit will easily take off those newer mirrors that are designed to fold backwards. Save your gear

And, glad to hear you made it home...eventually!
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