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Old 01-12-03, 07:07 AM
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Training in the US of A

I am supposing (perhaps I'm wrong) that most of you live either in the USA or in Canada, right?

So, I wanted to announce my future bike-training trip to San Francisco. Arriving from London at Feb 11 and leaving on March 30.

plans:
- week to 10 days in San Diego (warmest, and will look at low-air-pressure technology to increase Hb in blood) and train with other cyclists & stick to weight training and keto-diet (perhaps I will start the Zone diet) as much as posible. (approx. Feb 14-21)
- week in Malibu near LA to train with other cyclists etc. (Feb 22-March 1)
- week in Bedford, Oregon to train with female friend and other cyclists (March 2-8)
- something else... travelling to Texas (march 9-15)
- Hell Week in Texas (March 15-22), starting with a 200K brevet and hopefully finishing with a 300K brevet.
- travelling back to SF and probably stay in/near Solvang for the 300K brevet on March 29.
- quick dash back to SF for departure on March 30..

Fietser... who'd love to receive some off-line invitations for bike rides.. ..
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Fietser,

Where in Texas for Hell Week are you gonna be?
I have to check I have a wedding in NY sometime
in march but maybe we could meet for a ride or
something.

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Old 01-12-03, 11:24 AM
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Fredericksburg from March 15-22

See info on www.hellweek.com

Originally Hell Week is 8 days with a US century (160K) on every day.. I will alternate between 160 and 80 K as I'm not a fast cyclist. and hopefully will manage to finish on time for the 300K brevet on the last day. First day has a 200K brevet..
Both aren't in Fredericksburg but not very far away I hear...

Strange, I always thought Texas was flat, and now I'm told there are really mean and viciously steep hills in that area..

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Interesting that the Fl. hellweek route runs in the general areas I've done two tours but uses different largely more backroad routes.This will give me more potential routes for future trips once I pinpoint the routes on an Atlas lol.By the way while in San Diego you may want to consider a Zane "experience"which is basicly 1 to 3 days of personal weight,aerobic,diet/nutrition training/instruction with Frank Zane a former Mr. Universe and contemperary of Arnie S.He's a very laidback type and I've heard good feedback from those who have done it .Check out www.frankzane.com and email him with questions if interested.
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Sure, I'd be very laidback too if I asked 695 USD for a 3-day 'experience' or 495 USD for a 2-day experience (3 hrs each time).

I'm a cheap-skate and wouldn't dream of paying that much for working out, even if it was a champ.

I'm not a pro, just a penny-pinching cyclist.. (I am cutting costs by staying for free with friends and acquaintances!)

Fietser, who nonetheless is checking Zane's website with interest.

(Florida's Gator Week isn't in flat terrain either, didn't you notice!)
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It did sound expensive but then I noticed that hell week was too lol.Now that I think about it it may be geared more toward the natural bodybuilder with asperations of competing.But your right gazing at those "classical "physiques like Zane,Pearl,Gironda,Scott,Reaves etc. can be inspiring.
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According to my knowledge,Hell Week costs just 95 USD.

The entry fee for Hell Week is only $95 for early registrants, $105 after 1st December 2002, and $115 after 1st March 2003
OK, so let it be $115 for late entry.

That's 8 days of rides versus 3 hrs for 3 days .. biiig difference
I can make it as expensive or as cheap as I want. I will hence camp in a camp site to reduce costs.
i don't suppose Zane provides lodging and food for that money either, isn't it.

Then if you want to spend a bit of money, you could also go to other bike training camps (1 week) where you'll be moderately pampered off the bike for about the same amt of money as Zane asks..

He did send me a reply saying that as a cheapskate (I bluntly told him his sessions were too dear for me) I should try Gold's or World's Gym .
It has to have free weights and a squat rack!

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I don't really care where you train or even if you train I was just trying to make a helpful suggestion.Further I have no interest in Tx. hell week so I didn't even read the details on that one and was not suggesting you consider the Fl. one just noting I found the routing info on that one helpful to me. I do suggest you stop complaining about the hills however or they might not even let you ride as I did see it said"no wimps or whiners allowed" lol.

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I think you misinterpreted me RWTD.
I never wrote that i didn't like hills, I just know that hills don't like me . Or let's say: I'm gravitationally challenged
So, I was just stating that Texas and Florida, contrary to what people think, do have hills in a few places... and isn't just flat.
Just like the NLs! We do have hills in a few places, albeit never higher than 110 m.

Actually, I was the first woman to complete the 100 mtn pass ride without assistence. It's a 4000 K ride in France with a bit more than 100 mtn passes. Highest pass is 2800 something meters.
Toughest ascent Mt. Ventoux..

I climbed all those passes (but one) with approx. 20 kg of luggage, including my own tent... only in 1 occasion with an average ascent of 12% for over 4 km I asked someone to carry my luggage to the top of the mtn.

I'd thought you'd read the web site, like I did..
In that case you wouldn't have thought it to be at the same price.. there are other events at higher prices though, but I tend to spend my money very carefully. As for the whining.. I had a very pleasant personal e-mail contact with organiser who encouraged me to come, when I asked whether it was OK for slugs to participate...

More costly doesn't necessarily mean better...

Ivana, who's cycled and hitch-hiked for exactly 1 year across the USA & Canada, Cuba & Mexico (in the latter country the bus-system was so excellent I barely bothered to hitch-hike, in the USA they trashed my pedals & bike lights after requiring it to be boxed )
It enabled me to cycle in the very best areas, though I've had some bad stuff too (like cycling across LA or Miami, NYC OTOH was a blast!). This way of travelling (I mostly slept in people's homes or in my own tent) was also very low-cost and probably cost the same as someone else's 3 month trip.
The choice is up to you..

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I was just joking about that as it does sound like their trying to open the event up to more riders.If something doesn't meet your budget don't do it I was just trying to give you ideas not saying you should do something.As it sounded like you were "jetsetting" all over the place and given the cost mentioned for the Fl week which I assumed was comparable to the Tx week I thought I would mention the idea though it is not something I would do myself either.But keep in mind any personal trainer is expensive usually up to $100/hr. is standard so that price was really not that out of line particularly given his knowledge and experience vs. the average trainer.
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I understand completely (about not being out of line). I think the Florida week (which I didn't study very much) is different.

The trip will be fairly low budget though. I was invited to stay with other people in SD, Malibu and Medford. Hell Week came up in my thoughts as I had heard about it, so I informed first about its' feasibility for bike snails/slugs.
Then the brevet-question came up.. a 200K brevet won't be too diff, but a 300K brevet will be a bit more of a prob.. Solvang is a bit far from SF.

In between places I will either try to get on a train or take a bus, or perhaps get a ride from someone .. with a road bike in a suitcase plus more luggage, I will be less flexible so hitch-hiking isn't very likely this time.

Fietser Ivana, who confesses she thought about the Zane experience! I might just peek inside there LOL if only see that body!
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