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I am Considering Riding in the Rochester Tour de Cure on 6/7

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Considering Riding in the TourdeCure on 6/7

I had initially told myself that I wanted to make it back to Maine for the June 19th Trek Across Maine, but I really don't think I've had my ass in gear enough to attempt that ride, which is 180 miles in 3 days.

I just stumbled across the Tour de Cure here in Rochester. It is sooner, June 7th, but I can ride much shorter distances, anywhere from 15 miles to 100. Now I'm thinking this could be good training for the Trek Across Maine, or at least a ride for a good cause.

I'm not sure if I should do it though (ok I know I should), but how far? I was getting out there every other day at minimum for a 20 or so mile ride as soon as it warmed up out here, but then I got incredibly sick for 2 weeks. Once I felt better my class schedule kept me off the bike, so now I feel like I am starting from square 1. I've done a few 25 mile rides in the past few weeks, and a 12 mile ride that was supposed to be a 25 mile but I had no energy. The majority of my rides in the past month have been about 8 miles with a friend who is new to riding. I find these enough to get warmed up, and then I really want to go but she is ready to head back and I have work to do.

I'm thinking of pushing her to do the 15 mile ride, and signing up for at least the 25 miles myself. What do you guys think, am I going to show up and look like a tool in spandex on an expensive bike only riding 25 miles? Some days I go out and feel like I could ride forever, and others I make it around the corner and think "this #$%^&*@ sucks"...

 

 

EDIT: I see the swear filter is still broken...

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Well, personally if I was like early 20's, with a nice bike....I would do both.

 

This is really a question you have to answer yourself.

 

Have you raced before?

 

Do you know how to pace yourself?

 

Do you really get pumped up for race day? Sometimes people can go beyond their normal limits.

 

What speed do you normally ride at? Maybe you can pace yourself though it.

 

I would think that someone in good health, no hangover, road riding at a pace of say 15mph, could sustain at least 50 miles.

 

Just a guess!

 

 

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I've done a few 25 mile rides in the past few weeks, and a 12 mile ride that was supposed to be a 25 mile but I had no energy. The majority of my rides in the past month have been about 8 miles with a friend who is new to riding. I find these enough to get warmed up, and then I really want to go but she is ready to head back and I have work to do.

 

I used to take 20-45mins to get warmed up.   Now it takes me 90.

 

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I'm thinking of pushing her to do the 15 mile ride, and signing up for at least the 25 miles myself. What do you guys think, am I going to show up and look like a tool in spandex on an expensive bike only riding 25 miles?

Yes. 

Don't worry about it.   

Unless you show up on a cult bike or in a Great Pumpkinhead costume it's unavoidable.

 

To paraphrase Style Man,  if it wasn't for charity riders, century riders would be most laughable couch-slobs  in bikedom.

 

Or, going to the source:

 

http://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6610,s1-3-12-15013-1,00.html

 

Sign up for 40 and bring a 25miler cue sheet just in case.    40 because you should be able to do that with moderate attention to hydration and nutrition during the ride.    Read: one big bottle should do, bring two.

 

 Some days I go out and feel like I could ride forever, and others I make it around the corner and think "this #$%^&*@ sucks"...

This is very typical of inconsistent periodization.     Actually, it's typical of all riding except with a good periodization plan you'd also get faster.


Edited by comprex - 5/21/2009 at 06:59 pm GMT


Edited by comprex - 5/21/2009 at 07:01 pm GMT
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post

Well, personally if I was like early 20's, with a nice bike....I would do both.

 

If I do this first ride, and can make it home for the second (I have an accelerated class that meets 10 hours per week for the first 5 weeks of the quarter) I will do both.

 

This is really a question you have to answer yourself.

 

Have you raced before?

 

 No

 

Do you know how to pace yourself?

 

 Not real well when I ride alone...

 

Do you really get pumped up for race day? Sometimes people can go beyond their normal limits.

 

 If I am made at something/somebody or just frustrated I go my fastest and furthest. For me the bike is a way to cleanse my mind.

 

What speed do you normally ride at? Maybe you can pace yourself though it.

 

 Lately (with the new rider) my average has been about 15mph. If I go alone and have a good ride I can get that just above 20.

 

I would think that someone in good health, no hangover, road riding at a pace of say 15mph, could sustain at least 50 miles.

 

 Good health, don't drink anymore and can easily do that...

 

Just a guess!

 

 

 I've had to buy a few things for the bike lately, and i jus feel like I need to step my riding up a bit to justify what I've got into everything.

 

The shop I bought this bike from last summer gives a free fitting and analysis when you buy a bike. I never had mine last year, as I was working full time and taking classes part time and the fitter was only thee M-F untill 5pm. I went in with my roomate for her fitting on Tuesday, hoping I could pick up a few things. We got to talking and he told me that he had no problem giving me a free fitting, and he really pushed me to come in. Well I just got back from the bike shop and everything is dialed in now. We put 1 spacer in the headset, moved my seat back and up a tinch and verified my cleat positioning. He agrees the bike is was a near perfect fit as bought, and says that my pedal rotation is textbook perfect now.

 

Hopefully these small changes make a big difference.

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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

 

Sign up for 40 and bring a 25miler cue sheet just in case.    40 because you should be able to do that with moderate attention to hydration and nutrition during the ride.    Read: one big bottle should do, bring two.

 

 

This is very typical of inconsistent periodization.     Actually, it's typical of all riding except with a good periodization plan you'd also get faster.



Thanks comprex, I think you guys have convinced me! I really don't care how I look on the bike, but I would feel like an ass showing up all decked out and getting stuck riding with the families while all the "core" riders took off on their 100-mile journey.

 

Can you explaine the bold?

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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post

  

Can you explaine the bold?

 

When you ride off and on without attention to when to allow for recovery and when to really push, you will have *giant* oscillations in how you feel on each ride.    As you already see, how you feel at the start has very little to do with it, so  even if you wanted to you couldn't just ride on the good days.

 

With a plan, you will have oscillations in performance and well-being on the bike anyway, but at least you will notice improvement.  

 

The original quote is attributed to Greg Lemond and runs something like "It doesn't get easier, you just go faster".   I have yet to find the actual in-context quote; it may be apocryphal.   Or not.

 

Oh, and

 

Never, ever, eat frites.

 

EDIT: practicaly speaking,  I would do a light spin for an hour or hour.5 the day before the ride.


Edited by comprex - 5/21/2009 at 07:44 pm GMT
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Any opinions on how to approach the fund raising?

 

I need to raise a minimum of $150, plus a $25 registration fee. It looks like once I register they have a page set up where people can donate directly to me towards the $150.

 

I like that, as doing this via paypal leaves the opportunity (not that I would) to skip off with the money. But how do I cover the $25?

 

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I'm thinking that tomorrow after my exams I will take a drive over to the park that this is going to originate from. I wish that the route was given, but at least this was I will know what to expect. The weather is supposed to be good, so hopefully i can convince the roomate to come along and we can ride a bit.

 

If it looks good I will register and let everyone here know.

post #9 of 10

 Do at least the 40. You might learn something new about pacing.

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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post

Any opinions on how to approach the fund raising?

 

I need to raise a minimum of $150, plus a $25 registration fee. It looks like once I register they have a page set up where people can donate directly to me towards the $150.

 

I like that, as doing this via paypal leaves the opportunity (not that I would) to skip off with the money. But how do I cover the $25?

 


When you get set up, count me in for a donation. 

Way to get after it and support a good cause.

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