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Old 04-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #28366
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Hell's bells, man. I almost bonked just reading about your calorie intake prep. I really like the Honey Stinger stuff too, being able to crumple up and trash a little effigy of LA every time I down a waffle is fun! Kudos as well on the fig newtons, cheap and effective.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #28367
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Just wanted to point out that as regards visibility, a recent study stated that it was the narrow width of bikes/ cyclists/ motorcyclists that caused the cage drivers to "not see" them, not the height. This would render the whole "i'm lower so they can't see me" argument moot. They can't see you period.
even if height were all there was to it, at least from atop the saddle of a 60+c bike *I* can see. compared to the view i have from a standard bike, the limited visibility i have from the seat of a 'bent just ain't for me.


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The study noted that if, however, there was something unusual (a recumbent (not your everyday sight,) or a motorcyclist standing on the pegs, etc) then the motorists were "forced" to see them as their eyes would literally look directly at the subject and focus, versus just sweep over.
Target Fixation; what causes drivers to plow into brightly-colored emergency vehicles,...

there's no perfect answer; all these things are just variables to be considered. from there we place our bets and take our chances.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #28368
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Go Ridge! Give 'em hell!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #28369
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Best of luck Ridge !
+1 Aspire to finish as there is no point in trying to hang with the local fast guys. Some old fart here is doing it in the single speed class. Looks like you are ready.




PS Post up your ride on Strava so Aurelius can come up here and show us how fast he really is.... Without all the slouchy racers slowing him down.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:47 AM   #28370
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Dude, I can only look on with envy and wish you the best of luck! At 55 y.o. and wife's private business, full-time demanding job, a shit-load of kids and grandkids, a small farm to take care of, etc. the best I can hope for is time to enjoy about 50 to 100 miles a week on the bicycles (long lunch breaks) and a few 100 on the motorcycles (including riding to work and back, ho hum but better than a cage). I did some racing when I was younger and it was fun, but after coming close to harking up a lung at the top of a massive hill in a mountain bike race I decided I wasn't going to do any more of that. I won my class that day, but I was holding up the "kids" in their 20's and 30's and 40's... Now I cycle for fun only, sometimes with a group of road animals (I have a friend who is 67 and I can not keep up with him) but that's as close to racing as I want to get these days.

Do your best, come back with lots of fun memories, and don't blow a lung or hurt yourself! Best wishes.

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good luck & make sure you get onto Strava... as it's the only true measure
but seriously.. good luck & go fast
Thanks all. I do like the Honey Stinger products and the bonus of crumpling Lance's effigy just adds to the reward. I think they (Honey Stinger) are trying to distance themselves from him as they were blowing out all of their products through Chainlove cheap! It'll be curious to see if their next packaging has any reference to him at all.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:02 AM   #28371
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Ten plus hours on a bike? A mountain bike?
Wow.
Go get 'em.
10+hours in my cube beats me like a rented mule.

Looking forward to the story.

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T minus 1 day until I enter the most physically and mentally demanding race I have to date. Saturday kicks off the Cohutta 100 ultra endurance race and, if the weather report is any indicator, this promises to be a memory making event. The body is as ready as it will ever be, the mind is awash with "what-ifs" and the 29er is woefully under-utilized to this point. I've been meticulous and consistent with my road training to maintain the cardio base, but am mildly concerned with switching over to a 10+ hour dueling match with the MTB and 160 or so other testosterone-fueled personalities.

This should be an epic day. Hopefully I'll have a chance to snap some pics for you hooligans.

Trying to calculate the calories I'll need for the race consumes most of my thoughts right now. At roughly 10 +/- hours in the saddle, I'm figuring approximately 400-450 calories per hour that my body can absorb. Obviously the greatest source of these calories are simple carbs with a few long-chain carbs for slow burn and aiding digestion. I really love the Tailwind Nutrition liquid calories. Each 39cc scoop yields approximately 100 calories and, since it is so light on taste, that can easily be doubled up or even tripled. Each Camelbak fill will net me 800 calories in addition to the hydration of 70oz/fill. I'm staging those fills about every 3 hours.

This is what 4830 calories looks like just in case you're curious:
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #28372
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:18 AM   #28373
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Thanks all. I do like the Honey Stinger products and the bonus of crumpling Lance's effigy just adds to the reward. I think they (Honey Stinger) are trying to distance themselves from him as they were blowing out all of their products through Chainlove cheap! It'll be curious to see if their next packaging has any reference to him at all.
Yeah, when you first mentioned your efforts pondering keeping yourself fueled as you ride, I thought Hmmm, WWLD? What would Lance do? Oh, wait, better not do that or you'll get DQ'd!

Best of luck, hope you can get some sleep prior!

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Old 04-25-2013, 12:52 PM   #28374
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Knock em dead Ridge!

I did a little more than a tenth of what Ridge is fixin to do. 1:24 loop around Fountain Head Park. 11ish miles. I'd been looking at my forlorn mtn bike sitting in its corner quietly mourning its lack of action. It finally talked me into riding it.



I'm way rusty off-road. Fitness is there but technical skills? Oh well. As often as I ride my mtn bike, it stands to figure.

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Old 04-25-2013, 01:24 PM   #28375
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Yeah, give it hell! To Strava,and Beyond!!!!!!!
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #28376
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Many thanks all. I know you're all there in spirit and my goal is to simply finish... in one piece. Pics and report to follow if I can type.

As for Strava... I'll defer to one that I give utmost respect; Drunkcyclist:

http://drunkcyclist.com/2012/11/14/s...vain-activity/

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Thereís been some heat lately between us here at DC and the dudes over at STRAVA. Itís all good fun at the end of the day, but part of what makes Drunkcyclist what it is, is that our goal is to help keep the market honest. Iíll admit, STRAVA has a nice product; it maps well, it tracks workouts well, and it has created a sort of social athletic competition, which also works well, I just question its purpose. Thatís my opinion, you donít have to agree, and I hope that if you donít, you tell me how wrong I am in the comments.

Competition is good. Iím a free market guy, so yea, I like to butt heads and flex dick. However, context is crucial. That is to say, competition for a purpose is beneficial, whereas competition for ego, or power, is detrimental. Take craft brewing for example. They felt that us beer drinking, thumb-up-our-ass yuppies deserved better that what Miller and Coors and all the big dogs were pooping out. (I donít really think we are yuppies, or like thumbs up our asses by the way) So they stopped mass-producing the piss water and created a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. Eventually, people started drinking the shit and now we have craft breweries spreading like STDís at ASU. Shit son. Love me some of that.

So along those lines, before I get lost in this mindless cloud of beer infused banter, letís get back to the point, STRAVA. We like to keep companies honest, and make sure that the consumer (you), is reminded of what the hell youíre doing when you slide your ďfuck you fingerĒ to unlock your iPhone and open the STRAVA app, becoming that Stravasshole that we so much despise. Why are you coming up hot on my wheel and screaming ďSTRAVA! STRAVA!Ē and expecting me to one, give a shit about your speed, and two, to get out of your way so you can become the King of the Mountain (KOM) on some egomanic program on your cell phone. Really? Thatís not what riding a bike is about. Itís not about beating out some guy you donít know on your phone app and creating stress in the lives of people enjoying their day on the bike. Itís about appreciating the fact you can even be out there on two wheels, feeling that wind in your face and riding in beautiful terrain that the majority of people can not, and will never experience. Take a breath, take a look around, think about how this wonít last forever, share a beer with some friends, tell a joke, and lighten up. Ditch STRAVA, or better yet, beat it. Learn how at Strava Terrorism.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #28377
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Many thanks all. I know you're all there in spirit and my goal is to simply finish... in one piece. Pics and report to follow if I can type.

As for Strava... I'll defer to one that I give utmost respect; Drunkcyclist:

http://drunkcyclist.com/2012/11/14/s...vain-activity/
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #28378
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Many thanks all. I know you're all there in spirit and my goal is to simply finish... in one piece. Pics and report to follow if I can type.

As for Strava... I'll defer to one that I give utmost respect; Drunkcyclist:

http://drunkcyclist.com/2012/11/14/s...vain-activity/



Fucking awesome...and spot the fuck on

Got out for 25 miles tonight and I doubt I managed a 14 MPH average (I have no idea since like a dork I forgot to turn my Strava on ....NOT). It was uphill all the way with the wind in my face all round the loop that I do and I was shagged 5 miles in...and I fucking LOVED every minute of it
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #28379
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Fucking awesome...and spot the fuck on

Got out for 25 miles tonight and I doubt I managed a 14 MPH average (I have no idea since like a dork I forgot to turn my Strava on ....NOT). It was uphill all the way with the wind in my face all round the loop that I do and I was shagged 5 miles in...and I fucking LOVED every minute of it
Ha! Well said! I've already beaten STRAVA - I don't have a smart phone at all! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We live out in the stix and don't even have cell service at home, much less most of the back roads I ride, so it wouldn't work anyway even if I had the right phone.

I got out for 21 miles on my lunch break, very quiet roads today for some reason, got passed by maybe a dozen cars in the time it took to ride most of the way into town and back. Yeah, the wind was swirling and felt like it was in my face most of the way home. My cycling computer said I did a reasonable pace, anyway, and I felt tired but refreshed at the same time. But the best part was the scenery - so GREEN! - with gorgeous red bud trees, dogwoods, flowers, and the birds singing, saw two osprey but not the young bald eagle I see frequently.

I love to ride, not so interested in quantifying and competing.

Doug
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:05 PM   #28380
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Not that anyone asked, but here's my $.02 on Strava: I like it and will keep using it to log rides. I like being able to see the ride charted out and being able to share it. The competitive aspect of it though, I could do without, and I wish there was a way of disabling that part of it. Maybe there is and I just haven't figured it out...either way, I'm not racing so I don't care where my times wind up in relation to anyone else's, and I definitely don't ride with Strava as a motivation.
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