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Old 08-09-16, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Nah, I got a hotel room up there - hafta justify the expense you know. You'll still beat me so you can always brag about that. Unless something... untoward... were to happen to your shifters at a rest stop.
Yeah, or my wheel! Just broke a spoke on Sunday, I might tape a spare to my frame for this ride. Don't know about beating anybody. Going long, my longest yet, so I'll be in full-on pace myself mode.

[MENTION=171416]TJClay[/MENTION], sounds good, hope to see you there!

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Old 08-09-16, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by TJClay
I'm leaning towards going, probably do the easier of the two centuries
There are THREE centuries! Regular, hilly, double. The regular one is a lot more pleasant now that the bike path is complete, that's for sure.

Any idea what time you're starting? We'll look for you at the end at any rate.. :0)
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Old 08-09-16, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jimincalif
Yeah, or my wheel! Just broke a spoke on Sunday, I might tape a spare to my frame for this ride. Don't know about beating anybody. Going long, my longest yet, so I'll be in full-on pace myself mode.

[MENTION=171416]TJClay[/MENTION], sounds good, hope to see you there!
So put your spare wheelset on the bike for next week. I could see you rocking some Dura-Ace C50 wheels.

What time are you planning on starting? We can at least start together. Any other BCI peoples riding?

Still not sure if [MENTION=243880]tunavic[/MENTION] is participating. He has departed the ranks of the gainfully retired recently.
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FWIW, the road just south of the coastal bike path is being repaved for quite a few miles. I rode it last week and it was horrible. Caltrans expects the work to be done before CB but there are no guarantees.
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Old 08-10-16, 11:43 AM
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[QUOTE=TrojanHorse;18974151] How long are you planning on sitting on that bike anyway?

A long time! The climbing will be slow, I hope to be done between 9 and 10 hours but with all that climbing on the front end it might be 10-ish -ish. But I'm not in it for the time, I'm in it for the challenge and overall just being on the bike outdoors on another adventure.

All you roadies look alike so if you see me and my black cruiser (do I need to narrow it down further), please say HI, would be good to meet anyone on here that is riding. I think it starts at 6am, I'm not a morning person but I'll be pushing to get there and start at that time assuming I'll be out there for a while.

Check-in question: My wife and I got an AirBnB in Ventura, with LA traffic I probably won't be there until 9pm, can/should I check-in then or is it better Saturday morning?
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
What time are you planning on starting? We can at least start together. Any other BCI peoples riding?

Still not sure if [MENTION=243880]tunavic[/MENTION] is participating. He has departed the ranks of the gainfully retired recently.
There are a few riders I know who are part of Team Tempo planning to go (I hung with them for a metric once and did OK, but they are a bit too fast for me). Also another rider Jon who is planning to come. I'll email him about start time, I'd like to roll early. Haven't really thought about check in process etc. I either have to get there by 2:00 pm on Friday or wait til evening and roll in at 9:30 to 10 after the traffic lets up. Probably will do the late option.

So that's where [MENTION=243880]tunavic[/MENTION] has been. I've seen on Strava his riding has changed a bit. Back into the rat race.
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Another question: seems like I read somewhere when training for a difficult ride you taper off the last weekend B4 the main event, so if I've been doing 65-80 miles and 3800-4500 ft of climbing, what should I do this weekend? How flat and how many miles would you recommend?

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I'm trying to get my weekend swap schedules with another employee without success so far.

If it doesn't happen I'll be off this weekend and I'll be riding with friends Russell and Jake from Riverside to Oceanside. That's the plan so far.
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Old 08-10-16, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by HBCruiser1
Another question: seems like I read somewhere when training for a difficult ride you taper off the last weekend B4 the main event, so if I've been doing 65-80 miles and 3800-4500 ft of climbing, what should I do this weekend? How flat and how many miles would you recommend?

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You're probably fine - maybe go a little easier than normal on Saturday and definitely ease up during the week - go for a short spin on Friday to keep your legs loose and have fun Saturday. I think tapering is more important for people who really train hard more than it is for recreational cyclists.

I'll keep an eye peeled for you on Saturday - I can't imagine we'll see many beach cruisers, much less black ones.

I never make it up there early enough to check in Friday, so give yourself an extra 20 min. to do that Saturday morning.
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Awesome, thanks for the info TJ. Yea I generally don't try to overthink these rides, just do them, but this one could be quite the challenge so I'm trying to be more diligent on what I'm doing. Probably go from HB to Laguna and back, about 50-ish and get a few moderate hills in while keeping up the pace.

If there's more than one, I'll be the old fat guy on the cruiser! Riding a cruiser is challenging, tapering the calories has proven to be even moreso! LOL

Good point about Friday, I'll be up there late but perhaps I'll try to get a short one in.
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Old 08-19-16, 01:53 PM
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OK, I will NOT keep an eye peeled for you tomorrow, but not out of spite. I had to sell my ticket - injured my shoulder in a crash last weekend and I'm not ready to ride yet.

Take pictures!
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Planning to be at registration at 0600. Watching sigalert.com now to decide when to hit the 405.

hope to complete the double metric. Probably wear my Breathless Agony jersey just to remind me I can do it.
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Old 08-20-16, 09:20 PM
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Cool Breeze 2016 is a wrap. I had a blast. Saw [MENTION=190382]PhotoJoe[/MENTION] and [MENTION=298410]Beachgrad05[/MENTION] and met [MENTION=361552]HBCruiser1[/MENTION]. He is da man! He completed the hilly century on his beach cruiser, wearing sandals.

Rode with my buddy Jon, we kept ourselves paced for the double metric. Rolled out at 0630, back just after 4:00. Moving time 8:06, 124.65 miles for a 15.4 mph average. 6,621 of climbing so I'm pretty pleased with it. Felt pretty good all day, had to gag down a Gu with only 5 miles to go. Weather was fantasic, we rode into fog/marine layer as we climbed Casitas Pass. And the cool sea breeze helped push us home.

I'll post my relive link once I get it.

Edit - here it is: https://www.relive.cc/view/683245625

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Congrats on a good ride Jim. That Cool Breeze is a great ride!
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Damn! Sorry I missed it, sounds like you had a great ride.
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Oh man, sorry to hear TJ, was looking forward to meeting you. What happened? I saw @PhotoJoe at the start and @jimincalif at the start, lunch and the end.

This ride was a lot of fun, it was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. That first pass about a mile long climbing out of the lake was pretty stiff but the 2 short but steep climbs just before the 2nd stop (Greenwell I think) I started to cramp. I don't think I drank enough since it was cool and overcast much of the morning. The one that did me in was after the 2nd stop up in the hills of the tight forested section, I walked the last probably quarter of a mile. It was too steep and my right quad and left calf muscles (I had awakened to a slight charlie horse on the left calf the night before) were giving out so I just walked them off. Before the Greenwell climb I had also ran with a train for several miles before that doing 19+ so that didn't help.

@jimincalif was my savior though, saw him at the lunch stop and he gave me an electrolyte tablet (I had left mine in the room!) and after I started taking that in, things started to smooth out.

Caught another train after the lunch stop for several flat miles and another after the 4th stop on the way to the final stop and a final on Old Hwy1 but just couldn't hold the 20+ for more than a few miles at that point. 19 would have been OK, but that extra was pushing me over the top especially any small hills that came up. Still with the awesome tail winds I was able to do 17-19 comfortably thanks to that tablet. @jimincalif, I owe you a beer some day!

I averaged 13.0 which with all of the climbing on this one I consider pretty good for me. Took me 10.5 hours with 8.5 hours of rolling time so I could have shaved some time off the stops but was also taking it easy from the cramping. Hit a nice 40.5 mph on one of the downhills and pretty much cooked my coaster brake on that descent after the the Greenwell climbs, Sheffield I think. It was pretty steep.

Link with photos. (Jim that relive is pretty cool app.)
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/10652025

I can't thank you all enough for the input on this, I think I trained well, could have used a little more but I accomplished what I set out to do so I'm happy with the ride overall. Had a great time, met some really nice people, the volunteers and overall support was amazing. I think I burned 110 miles worth of calories but ate probably around 150 miles of calories, there was a lot there!

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Damn nice job HB! My knees are crying just thinking about those hills on a single speed. Oof.

I saw that last stretch of new pavement and got a little weepy. I've left a lot of fillings on that damn road over the years.

Oh, in response to your question, I separated my shoulder last weekend in a crash... which was completely stupid and 100% my own damn fault. Oh well. It's getting better. I predict riding again in a week or so.
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Hey HBC - it was great to meet you. How did you get so many pictures and still finish the ride? Excellent job, you really captured the day well. If you come to one of our GMR rides on a road bike, I can tell you're going to put the hurt on me!
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Hey HBC - it was great to meet you. How did you get so many pictures and still finish the ride? Excellent job, you really captured the day well. If you come to one of our GMR rides on a road bike, I can tell you're going to put the hurt on me!
Thank you, 90%+ of my photos are taken on the bike while riding so it's just a matter of pulling the camera out of my pocket, take a shot and put it back. It's fun to document along the way. I've seen you guys post GMR here and there, I've done GMR several times on my hybrid, I'm long overdue. With the weight of my bike and I, you're safe! Someday I'll look into a road bike but I'm having fun with what I have now. Rolled that cruiser over 16,000 miles last week, not bad for a FREE bike!

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Damn nice job HB! My knees are crying just thinking about those hills on a single speed. Oof.

I saw that last stretch of new pavement and got a little weepy. I've left a lot of fillings on that damn road over the years.

Oh, in response to your question, I separated my shoulder last weekend in a crash... which was completely stupid and 100% my own damn fault. Oh well. It's getting better. I predict riding again in a week or so.
Thanks. I love the challenge. "Fillings" LOL, it was really nice but this was my first time so I have nothing to compare it to, sounds awful! My next local bucket list is the Solvang Century, I hear the roads are rough on that one.

Sorry to hear about the mishap, mend quick, there's rides to do!
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