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Old 08-28-12, 05:58 AM
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I was doing my first ever century that day and was at the rear all day--which was perfectly fine by me. Went from the couch to HHH in 3 months. Did fine, except at mile 85 when the guy said they were closing all the rest stops from then on and we were going to be unsupported! I was alone and had nobody to call should things go south. I was fully fueled and watered when I made the turn into that wind. by now it was cranking around 30mph sustained. Long stretch of riders going 6-8mph on the flat! And I was passing them--barely. Not to mention the storm brewing behind us may have been pulling air into it causing a greater headwind for us.
It was a survival ride at this point. I made it 2 more stops before I started cramping in an inner thigh

It was about 4pm by this time and I had no choice but to stop--just didn't train for that many hours on the bike. Hands, feet, rear were all fine. Wanted to finish but I wasn't going to walk with leg cramps and as mentioned before I had no backup to come get me--felt kinda' alone. So I sagged out to the finish.
Met some very experienced riders who didn't finish this year after having finished many in previous years! So I didn't feel bad. I wanted to finish and not be wiped out at the end so my pace was slower than most.
Anyway, a little soreness at the cramp site and some good windburn on my face is all the effects I felt.
I did ride right by the finish on the way to my car--could have swung in--but didn't. Hats off to the warriors who made it all the way!. The worst part for me? Getting to where my car was and it was all by itself.
Next year! I'm bringing pickles and some music. See you there!
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Old 08-28-12, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by cbuddy2005
Next year! I'm bringing pickles and some music. See you there!
congrats on a tough effort... may I suggest a bit more training next year, also?
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Old 08-28-12, 02:01 PM
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I am an experienced ultra runner and have ridden the distance several times (once two weeks ago...). My 2012 HHH was much like you described, 'cbuddy'. I also battled cramping of my inner thighs and tried peddling one-legged a bit which was good to keep moving while working out the issue until both legs siezed right on the AFB! I stopped, managed to get off the bike and proceeded to try and massage the troubled area(s) until the cramps retreated (had done what I needed to do a bit earlier, just didn't have time for the e'lytes to kick in). I knew I would be OK, so when the SAG pulled up and offered assistance, I politely declined. The conversation sent something like...

SAG Volunteer: "How's it going?"
Me: "Oh, it's going all right."
SAG: "It doesn't LOOK alright from here!" [pauses for comedic impact for the benefit of others already on the van]
Me: "It's fine, just battling some cramps, I'll be OK."
SAG: "It doesn't LOOK like you're OK." [same comedic pause, for effect]
Me: [becoming a bit indignant, standing up straight with some effort, turning to SAG] "I realize it may not LOOK like everything's allright or that I am doing fine. Really, thank you for your concern but, I'M NOT GETTING IN YOUR VAN!"
[patrons on the van absolutely break up in laughter, van driver pulls away with pushy volunteer staring out the window open-mouthed]

After another 30 seconds or so of massaging my issue areas, I re-mount my bike and ride to the finish!

Brutal day for me, others suffered as well... still FREAKING AWESOME TO BE BLESSED ENOUGH TO GET OUT ON A BIKE AND RIDE!!!

Don't beat yourself up for not finishing... you were a winner when you rolled out of the sack on Saturday morning and threw a leg over the bike!
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Thanx for the encouragement! This year I won't take the winter off and then try to jam my training into a few short months. I did ride/train frequently, just didn't have the time for extended training. If I had been able to make it to the 'turn' to the base I would have finished no matter what. Now I know what to expect and can organize myself accordingly. And I will be 50 so at least I will be in a different category.

Until then, ride well
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Old 08-28-12, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by cbuddy2005
the turn into that wind. by now it was cranking around 30mph sustained. Long stretch of riders going 6-8mph on the flat!
I know exactly how you feel. I was off my bike for a little over 2 years after my crash so basically I resumed riding seriously about the first of July. I decided I should be good for the 50 mile route. Turn south at Burkburnett and all of a sudden the party's over. I think I did the first 35 miles in just over 2 hours, the last 15 miles took considerably over 2 hours. I wasn't in a hurry and I survived. It is pretty depressing to see that you can only pedal 7-9mph and you have 15+ miles to go. Next year will be much better because I'll have a lot more time for training, but I don't expect to be mr. speedy. This was my 27th time to finish the HHH. I'm well over age 50 but in the Wichita Falls newspaper Sunday morning there was a story about a man that did the 50 mile route this year and he is 80! He did the 100 mile route until he turned 75.
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Old 08-30-12, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bjtesch
I know exactly how you feel. I was off my bike for a little over 2 years after my crash so basically I resumed riding seriously about the first of July. I decided I should be good for the 50 mile route. Turn south at Burkburnett and all of a sudden the party's over. I think I did the first 35 miles in just over 2 hours, the last 15 miles took considerably over 2 hours. I wasn't in a hurry and I survived. It is pretty depressing to see that you can only pedal 7-9mph and you have 15+ miles to go. Next year will be much better because I'll have a lot more time for training, but I don't expect to be mr. speedy. This was my 27th time to finish the HHH. I'm well over age 50 but in the Wichita Falls newspaper Sunday morning there was a story about a man that did the 50 mile route this year and he is 80! He did the 100 mile route until he turned 75.
That is an amazing number of rides and finishes for the both of you! I heard that this year was the worst for wind--so hopefully next year will be calmer wind-wise for all of us.
Now I know what to expect, so next year I can relax and enjoy all the other attractions at the HHH 2013 instead of worrying about the ride so much.
Keep up the pace!
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