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Old 12-29-2012, 06:33 PM   #26731
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Are you going to add an auxilary power source, to keep your Garmin going?



I'm starting to think your mental toughness, having a partner (to some extent), and 'bent all contribute to you being able turn such big miles on so few of training miles.

I was averaging ~200mi per week, with a best of just over 400mi. I know there's no way I could do what you do, without someone for moral support, on a diamond frame.

What you do/have done is truly an accomplishment.
I use a 4-battery aux pack with a plug that matches the Garmin. Works like a charm and it doesn't drive a reboot when you plug it in.

Pls allow me to disagree with you. I'll bet you that anyone....ANYONE... who can ride a century in 7 - 8 hours can ride any of the rides I did. It's all in having a bike that's comfortable, having a bit of nutrition, knowing how to pace and being mentally-prepared.

Someone actually asked for my advice today....and I posted some comments today here.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:41 PM   #26732
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And by mental toughness, he means crazier than an outhouse rat. In a good way.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:01 PM   #26733
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And by mental toughness, he means crazier than an outhouse rat. In a good way.
90% of any brevet is 50% mental.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #26734
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I still work. I think.

Sorry, I wasn't implying that you didn't work, I was implying that you did.

I'm hoping for a move this year to Victoria (British Columbia) It's the epicentre of road cycling in Canada. Year round riding there and great roads. A lot of my training is in prep to keep even close to the lads down there.

In late summer I was there and did a 100 mile ride with the boys and got fully schooled. I didn't pull once, just hung on to the wheel of who ever was in the back and tried to keep up all day. It was humiliating to a degree, but over beers was given some props by other riders for even keeping up to those lads. Still I'd like to be able to hang with those boys and take my turn pulling. I have a lot of work to do.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:29 PM   #26735
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Sorry, I wasn't implying that you didn't work, I was implying that you did.

I'm hoping for a move this year to Victoria (British Columbia) It's the epicentre of road cycling in Canada. Year round riding there and great roads. A lot of my training is in prep to keep even close to the lads down there.

In late summer I was there and did a 100 mile ride with the boys and got fully schooled. I didn't pull once, just hung on to the wheel of who ever was in the back and tried to keep up all day. It was humiliating to a degree, but over beers was given some props by other riders for even keeping up to those lads. Still I'd like to be able to hang with those boys and take my turn pulling. I have a lot of work to do.
Hanging on is always the first step. Once you know you can hang on, the rest is just details.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:36 PM   #26736
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I'm hoping for a move this year to Victoria (British Columbia) It's the epicentre of road cycling in Canada. Year round riding there and great roads. A lot of my training is in prep to keep even close to the lads down there.

In late summer I was there and did a 100 mile ride with the boys and got fully schooled. I didn't pull once, just hung on to the wheel of who ever was in the back and tried to keep up all day. It was humiliating to a degree, but over beers was given some props by other riders for even keeping up to those lads. Still I'd like to be able to hang with those boys and take my turn pulling. I have a lot of work to do.
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Hanging on is always the first step. Once you know you can hang on, the rest is just details.

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Me too. A great way to increase your speed is to ride with faster riders. It's the same with any sport....seek out better players and try to hang.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:55 PM   #26737
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Me too. A great way to increase your speed is to ride with faster riders. It's the same with any sport....seek out better players and try to hang.

So True. Unfortunately I did 5500 km this year, my friend, Dan, in Vic did over 10 K and the his brother in law Tom did about 20 K and they're both younger than me (I'm 44). Realistically I just want to keep up to those dudes. With a full time job 7500 km is a lofty goal for me, but reachable.

Part of my plan is to shed some pounds ( or KGs ) to try to make my power to weight go in the right direction. I used to be in the 195 range with a lot of time spent at the gym. These days I'm in the 183 range and would like to get down to 175 for the spring.

Right now I'm riding by myself, in the dark, in the rain and snow. It really sucks some days, but others it's still fantastic.

Strange days indeed
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:00 PM   #26738
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You're going in the right direction. It all boils down mostly to watts/kg and aerodynamics. Good luck to you!
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:17 PM   #26739
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You're going in the right direction. It all boils down mostly to watts/kg and aerodynamics. Good luck to you!
Thanks dude, I'll let you know how it goes.

Actually, have you ever heard of Strava? It's a website where you can follow other people's cycling.........

Ah I almost got it out without cracking up.....Fack I'm funny.

oooooo, nothing to see here...on your way.

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #26740
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I use a 4-battery aux pack with a plug that matches the Garmin. Works like a charm and it doesn't drive a reboot when you plug it in.
Have a link? Or, is it like a lighting battery pack?

I was kind of drooling over this, if I ever went to a dynamo hub.

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Pls allow me to disagree with you. I'll bet you that anyone....ANYONE... who can ride a century in 7 - 8 hours can ride any of the rides I did. It's all in having a bike that's comfortable, having a bit of nutrition, knowing how to pace and being mentally-prepared.
I have the pace and nutrition worked out. I gotta' get to this place, and ride a USS, as they have a few I'm intersested in. And, I don't need much more reason to go to that area.

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Someone actually asked for my advice today....and I posted some comments today here.
I'll get to reading.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:04 AM   #26741
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Thanks dude, I'll let you know how it goes.

Actually, have you ever heard of Strava? It's a website where you can follow other people's cycling.........

Ah I almost got it out without cracking up.....Fack I'm funny.

oooooo, nothing to see here...on your way.

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #26742
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thanks dude, i'll let you know how it goes.

Actually, have you ever heard of strava? It's a website where you can brag about how big your dick is........

ah i almost got it out without cracking up.....fack i'm funny.

Oooooo, nothing to see here...on your way.

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:43 AM   #26743
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Thanks dude, I'll let you know how it goes.

Actually, have you ever heard of Strava? It's a website where you can follow other people's cycling.........


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Old 12-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #26744
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Finally

Back on my bike after a very long time. I think the last time I rode was in July.
I only managed an hour and it wasn't pretty, but I never had to stop and puke and I caught the old woman walking up the little hill! Take that Strava!

In her defense I think her little dog and the shopping cart were holding her back.
I did get to ride in what is cold for me. My feet were cold for about half my shower after. But, that felt great! I really like that Roubaix. After five months of not riding the first pedal stroke felt entirely natural.

I'll be running in Phoenix as getting the bike there is a pain right now. And work looks to again be heated up to full boil. Weekend overtime.
Felt a like a good way to close out the year. Tomorrow I'll spend the day driving.

Happy New Year everyone.Here's to a new year and hopefully a shrinking me.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #26745
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Got out for 9.8 miles of single track with the fast boys today. They disappeared. It was 37F and breezy. But something was amiss you see, because for the first time they were behind me instead of leading off the front. The look on their faces at the intersections was priceless. It feels good to be the one who has to wait. The one who is ready for more when they have their tongues dragging the ground after 9+ miles. I have not ridden with these guys in a while and man did it feel good to drop them like a bad habit. The goal was to get down to 205lbs from 218lbs by year's end. Two weeks ago the scale said 201lbs. Mission accomplished. Ready for more.
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