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post #1 of 15
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I can now add a 200K (127 miles) to my long rides list, after completing the Psycho Century event in Illinois yesterday. My ride required 8 hours of start-to-finished time and seven hours, fifteen minutes of on-the-saddle time. The event was great with fresh cut fruit at the SAG stations and mild temperatures.

And yes, It was very satisfying.

Michael
post #2 of 15
Great accomplishment!  Are you going to start a Brevet series?

Mike
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm researching it!

I'd like to get in an official 200 & 300K this year.

One thing I've been learning is to consume food and fluids well and often. After some gastric problems during a 110 mile ride 6 weeks ago, I now drink plenty of sports drinks and healthy snack food during the ride.

I put three H2O bottles on the bike and keep a supply of dried fruit (I like to have dates) and Clif bars to suppliment what I gather from SAG stops or convenience stores. The bike is comfortable, but I'm going to revert back to the easier gearing I had on the bike when it was new.


Michael
post #4 of 15
Nutrition on the bike is tough -- I'm still trying to figure it out.  Yesterday, I did 93 miles of the century route I'm riding in 3 weeks.  I just can't quite get the right mix of food to keep my energy levels up in the last 10 miles.  And hydration is also an issue.  This route has no places to get water, so I went through a full 46 oz bladder before I got to a place where I could buy more water.  I was so dry I drank an entire liter of water on the spot, then had to put up with the flip flops in my stomach to the finish.  I did manage to finish at a 18.1 MPH average pace, so think I'm on track for hitting my time goal.

I though I was interested in brevets, but I'm finding that 90 mile rides is plenty.  Sounds like you are really getting into the long distance stuff -- I'm impressed.  Pretty soon you'll be thinking about a qualifying event and then its on to RAAM or RAW.

Best of luck
Mike
post #5 of 15

Michael,
I just want to say "thanks" for your postings about the riding you've done this year. For the first time in 15 years, I've cycled in excess of 100 miles per week for the last 3 months. Part of my inspiration is people like you who decided to change your life and get back into shape. No should'a, could'a or would'a, you just did it.
 

Cycling is a great study in self discovery of your body and determination. Only now do I know just how short of fitness I was at back in early June. While I don't have your love of distance, in truth, I really needed the last three months to get it all together so that I could begin to go past 40 miles.

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Michael,
I just want to say "thanks" for your postings about the riding you've done this year. For the first time in 15 years, I've cycled in excess of 100 miles per week for the last 3 months. Part of my inspiration is people like you who decided to change your life and get back into shape. No should'a, could'a or would'a, you just did it.
 

Cycling is a great study in self discovery of your body and determination. Only now do I know just how short of fitness I was at back in early June. While I don't have your love of distance, in truth, I really needed the last three months to get it all together so that I could begin to go past 40 miles.



Hi Lp,

I've really enjoyed my cycling time recently. I had to overcome fitness, food & hydration and bike-fit issues along the way. I'm enjoying the reward of sticking with it.

I have been between 215 and 250 lbs for almost 20 years. I should be around 180, I'm six foot tall. Every-time I skied or enjoyed any recreation, I knew that I had let my fitness level drop. I'd tell myself that my work doesn't provide free time or a number of other excuses. I'm glad that's behind me.

Just a year ago Josh (BushwackerinPA) came through Chicago. I averaged about 15 mph on a 40 mile ride with him. I'll never give him a run for his money, but I can keep up with most recreational riders now.

Keep up the good results and keep us informed!

Michael
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Nutrition on the bike is tough -- I'm still trying to figure it out.  Yesterday, I did 93 miles of the century route I'm riding in 3 weeks.  I just can't quite get the right mix of food to keep my energy levels up in the last 10 miles.  And hydration is also an issue.  This route has no places to get water, so I went through a full 46 oz bladder before I got to a place where I could buy more water.  I was so dry I drank an entire liter of water on the spot, then had to put up with the flip flops in my stomach to the finish.  I did manage to finish at a 18.1 MPH average pace, so think I'm on track for hitting my time goal.

Best of luck
Mike

Hi Mike,

Have a good ride this weekend. Remember, 100 miles + 5000 ft of climbing is > 200K + 250 ft of climbing 

Michael
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Nutrition on the bike is tough -- I'm still trying to figure it out.  Yesterday, I did 93 miles of the century route I'm riding in 3 weeks.  I just can't quite get the right mix of food to keep my energy levels up in the last 10 miles.  And hydration is also an issue.  This route has no places to get water, so I went through a full 46 oz bladder before I got to a place where I could buy more water.  I was so dry I drank an entire liter of water on the spot, then had to put up with the flip flops in my stomach to the finish.  I did manage to finish at a 18.1 MPH average pace, so think I'm on track for hitting my time goal.

I though I was interested in brevets, but I'm finding that 90 mile rides is plenty.  Sounds like you are really getting into the long distance stuff -- I'm impressed.  Pretty soon you'll be thinking about a qualifying event and then its on to RAAM or RAW.

Best of luck
Mike

I miss the long drawn out climbs out west, so much easier to go fast on cause they arent that steep. I swear ridng around here with tons of 20+ percent 200-600 foot hills makes high average speeds nearly impossiable . I would be lucky to stay above 20mph average for over 50 mile here.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/10316775

elevation profile looks like a bunch of little spikes
post #9 of 15
No doubt about it -- pitch does make a difference.  That's why the Buff is a good ride for a fast century -- it is really pretty flat.  Only 2 climbs that are greater than 5%, and they are only for 500 vert.  So, you can motor your way up those pretty easily.

I've followed RAAM for the last couple of years.  It's interesting to see what happens when they hit West Virginia.  The climbs there are much harder than the climbs out west.

Mike
post #10 of 15
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Hi Mike,

Have a good ride this weekend. Remember, 100 miles + 5000 ft of climbing is > 200K + 250 ft of climbing 

Michael
 


Thanks Michael.  I think I'm ready.  The last two weeks have been taper weeks, so I only rode a 50 and 60 mile rides this past weekend.  I did quite well: 21.1 and 20.2 MPH.  Two weekends ago I did 94 miles at 19.4 mph.  Sunday is the ride; the weather forecast is for a high in the upper 60s with a 20% chance of precip.  Presuming there is little to no wind, and the sheer number of riders doesn't create interferance, I should be able to hit my goal.  Depending on how I feel, I might have an outside chance at 5 hours, which would be truly killer.

Mike
post #11 of 15
Just finished the Buff.  I rode it in 5:20:45 at an average speed of 18.7 mph.  When I originally set my goal for a fast century, it was to ride it in 5:45, with a hope that I could do it in 5:30.  Beat both goals, but it sure would have been nice to hit 5 hours.  Guess I'll have to set that as a goal next year!  I took an hour and twenty minutes off of the time I rode it in last year, which is nearly 3.5 mph faster.  So, it seems like a pretty sweet deal.

I ran into Bob Barnes at the finish line, and met Tony Sears, Annie Black, and her son Adam.  It was really nice visiting with them.

Now I've got to convert over to training for my hiking trip in Scotland.  I'm going to miss the bike!

Mike
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Great Job Mike! That's a screaming pace.

Heading to Scotland  , I'm not so sure you will miss the bike all that much.

Michael
post #13 of 15
 Mike that's amazing!  I'm riding 18 mile rides and averaging 13 mph.  They're hilly, but still - GREAT JOB!
post #14 of 15
Congratulations Mike. Great job! Amazing the strides you've made.  I can only imagine how fit you'd be if you didn't have to interrupt your bike training for skiing!  Very inspirational!
post #15 of 15
Killer pace! Remind me *not* to ride with you if I want to keep an ounce of dignity
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