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No Race...77 Miles instead(6 posts)

No Race...77 Miles insteadKristin
Aug 13, 2001 5:53 AM
Okay, yeah...I sorta chickened out. Actually, I had forgotten about a previous commitment on Sunday and it was too late to cancel. Other contributing factors: * I rode the course on Thursday last week, then read Dougs comment about needing to accelerate uphill in a race. I only decelerate on hills (sometimes to 2 mph) and wasn't sure that would make for a fun specator sport...for me or the spectators. * Rode 6 miles on Thursday (storm), only 23 on Friday, was gonna take Saturday off to do a 20 min. race on Sunday. 77 miles was better for my development than the race experience * 77 miles: $7.50 in water/power bars. * Being humiliated at a 20 min. race: $24. * Completing a 77 mile ride for the first time... priceless ------------------ Tangent: The bike is definately fitting better. I rotated the bars up so that the hoods are level w/ the tops. Much better, and no more elbow overlap. Also, we took some measurements and found that the seat could come back a little further on the rails. This gave me some more reach. Its nice now, and my neck is healing. Woohoo!!!
Congrats! Were you satisfied with your...RhodyRider
Aug 13, 2001 8:01 AM
...average speed over 77 miles? Did you set out with an avg spd goal in mind, or did you just want to complete a personal-best long distance?
Either way, I'm glad you have good feelings after busting out your first long one. Hope you've signed up for a supported century in Septermber...!
Just curious, what was your loop to accomplish the 77? I know you've had some routing issues, being gridlocked in suburbia and all.
oh yeah...statistics!Kristin
Aug 13, 2001 10:37 AM
I didn't think to post any statistics...silly me!

I did the ride with a couple friends. We started in Barrington Hills and headed up into Crystal Lake. I almost coughed up a lung on "Walk Up Road," nice name, eh? I completed the ride in just under 6 hours. Not great comparatively, but I'm okay with it. Hey, its my first year! I don't know what my avg. speed was since I don't have a computer. I do know that it dropped way off in the last 10-15 miles. I was dreaming of all my favorite foods and being hand fed grapes in a hot spring in San Juan. Some dreams just never come true.

My biggest victory of the day: I was on a major (still relative) hill and hurting badly, already in 39x23 and not even half way. I wasn't sure I'd make it, but decided to ride until I fell over--no clipping out allowed. If I fell over, then I could walk to the top. I didn't fall! And I didn't clip out! For me that was huge.
oh yeah...statistics!freka
Aug 13, 2001 10:46 AM
was Delia one of them?
Hey GlaxoMan!Hmmm
Aug 13, 2001 12:19 PM
...or should I call you nm, or Jeez. (I think I'll stick with nm, that's what you mostly use.)

Does your boss know that you have enuf free time on your hands to stalk women on the internet? Hmmmm...perhaps he does now...
hillsraler
Aug 13, 2001 10:41 AM
Good job on the 77 miles. Thats far. Regarding racing, dont be scared. Just do it. A peleton isnt just going to accelerate as soon as they get on a hill, they will normally keep the effort constant which means the speed will decrease as they shift to lower gears to keep their HR in the same range.

Now if someone is planning an attack or just feels like dropping some riders, a climb can be a good place to do so by just increasing their effort/HR. This does happen. And you might get dropped, so will others.

My point is, dont be scared, it is natural to slow on a climb, everybody does, thats why bikes have gears. Racing will push you harder than you can possibly mentally muster than when by yourself.