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Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...(18 posts)

Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...Humma Hah
Sep 8, 2001 7:37 PM
By popular demand (er, a couple of people asked), here is an account of a number of my previous Personal Records getting blown away.

You must understand, although I'd trained better for this than any previous long-distance attempt, that accounts only for a marginal improvement. This, is, in fact, an account of the two most generous souls I've ever encountered, or expected to encounter, in the sport.

First, MB1 organized this essentially exclusively for my benefit. He got a nice ride out of it, but at a considerably slower pace than normal. He did reach mile 10,000 for the year about 2/3 of the way thru. The route was an established double-metric-century, modified by adding an extra leg to up the milage to the desired 150. It started in New Market, St. Mary's Co. MD, and I think it explored most of the county. The scenery was stunning, the roads great, and the weather was good enough that San Diegans would have paid money to experience it.

His phenomenal wife, Miss M, gets much of the credit for my performance. She hit the 10,000 mile point much earlier this year. Miss M is the kind of gal most of you guys would love to meet. I got some time to study her calf muscles: there are muscles working in her legs I've never seen in a physiology text, the kind of definition that comes only with levels of training that most of us never dream of.

She was injured in a nasty gravel-road spill last week, showed up with her left knee wrapped up like a mummy for about 8", and proceeded to pull the paceline for 92 miles. She kept the pace down to something I could handle, and I'm absolutely sure she can dish out a pace that would be all most of you could handle. This was no more than a nice recovery spin for her.

We could easily tell how much she was doing. She rarely coasted. MB1 and I frequently coasted in her wake, even had to dab the brakes on downhills, as she did the lion's share of work by parting the wind for mile upon mile.

At 92 miles, she opted for some real exercise, departing for some solo miles on a route more to her liking, also about 150 miles. MB1 then took over, pulling me to about 152 miles, holding back, stopping and waiting when my puny legs gave out on a few short, "steep" (many would dispute this) hills late in the ride.

The results: I blew away almost every PR I had established from century length on up.

I hit 100 miles at 7:33 elapsed, versus 7:58 for MB1's NSA-OCE century a couple of months back. Average speed was 15.3 mph, up from 14.4.

My old 130-mile ride, at age 21, took 13 hours. I bested that by over 3 hours, now at age 48, riding the same bike.

My 140 mile ride last year took 12:22. I passed that distance about 1.5 hours faster.

At about 152 miles, 11:44 was the elapsed time, also faster than my old 140. Average speed was 14.8, faster than my previous best at 100 miles.

The altimeter read 3940 ft of climbing. This is certainly somewhat high (the computer will count minor noise variations on fairly flat runs). None of the climbs were more than around 100 ft, few were very steep (a couple of short sections late in the run may have hit 10%. Many of the "hills" were tiny rollers I could coast thru, which really don't count as climbing. They seemed bad enough once I got up in the 125-mile range, however.

Mishaps: I will need a new left handgrip (the foam started splitting). I bobbled at 100 miles and got poked by the seat in my arse, stung for a minute. I had a back muscle spasm at about 142 miles, cured by a shot of Gatorade. MB1 wants me to classify this as an epic. Homer wrote accounts of MUCH better epics. It was a long ride, a good effort for me, but the real epic is how much help I got.

The bottom line, I sucked wheel behind two cycling saints for 152 miles. Any of you trying to decide if you want to do the reprise of the NSA-OCE Century on Sept 29, maybe this will help you decide.
re: Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...Skip
Sep 8, 2001 7:46 PM
Congratulations on a great ride, and a very nice read!

re: Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...harlett
Sep 8, 2001 8:16 PM
being with kindred spirits on country roads while enjoying the feeling of your body and bicycle moving you through the day---one of those transcendent moments in time.......congratulations on your ride and reaching what are now new records to be broken.
re: Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...Tri-State Cycler
Sep 9, 2001 3:21 AM
Wow, sounds like a great ride and a good time. Congrats on the new PR's. With that kind of miles MB1 & Mrs. MB1 should have entered the best legs contest in Bicycling. New category "Best 4 Legs". Thanks for the great story HH.
re: Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...bike_junkie
Sep 9, 2001 7:21 AM
Congrats on the PRs HH! Very impressive. And this is on a SS cruiser, right? No matter what you were riding, I'm impressed. (sure would like to see a photo of Mrs.M too...)
re: Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...Jon Billheimer
Sep 9, 2001 8:42 AM

Old guys and old bikes rock! Congratulations!!! In the interest of science and culture, of course, (not
prurience!) someone's got to post a picture of the lovely Miss M's legs.
42.5 pounds of Kaptain Kangaroo's finestHumma Hah
Sep 9, 2001 12:51 PM
... Chicago steel and authentic reproduction Chinese rubber, with a Bendix coasterbrake.

Not to mention a backpack of about 12 pounds at the start.

The bike again proved what a fast downhiller it is. Sure, old MB1, on his street-tired Bianchi cyclocrosser, could climb those little hills maybe 30 seconds faster than me, but (assuming he waited for me at the top) I could out-do him coming down the other side by maybe 10 feet, a good fraction of a second.
You rule! (nm)bike_junkie
Sep 9, 2001 2:23 PM
Go HH, go!!rollo tommassi
Sep 9, 2001 8:50 AM
a great ride of a great ride

makes me want to go out for a nice long ride - tho' it's likely to rain.
re: Cruiser Buck-Fifty Report ...Teach
Sep 9, 2001 1:09 PM
Congrats Humma - you are definitely the man! Glad it was a great ride - nothing better than riding the distance with good folks.
A couple more PR's ...Humma Hah
Sep 9, 2001 1:25 PM
... my miles for the week were:

232.0 indicated on Schwinn's cyclocomputer, but
5 more not registered due to dropouts (MB1's was working fine)
2.7 on MTB on Monday, actual off-road mountain conditions.

Which put me a few tenths off of 240 miles for the week, blowing away my old record, earlier this summer, of 190.

And this is the first time I've ever pacelined or ridden with the same individuals in any sort of close proximity more than about 20 miles in a day.
You're an inspiration.....Len J
Sep 10, 2001 3:14 AM
Wonder what records you could have set on an 18 pound road bike.

Kudos to Miss M & MB1 for showing what cyclist really are.

Heh, I'll pull you around NC anytime ...bianchi boy
Sep 10, 2001 7:38 AM
Just make sure you bring some donuts.
I'll be in Franklin in a few weeks, but ...Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2001 9:15 AM
... my wife would KILL me if I brought the bike.

You'd probably sucker me up to the top of Mt. Mitchell, anyway!

Man, would that be an AWESOME downhill!
now thar's some hills ...bianchi boy
Sep 10, 2001 10:12 AM
I grew up just south of Franklin, near Clayton, Ga. Riding the cruiser would be kinda tough around there. Some of the valley roads are fairly flat, but there just aren't many of them. Mt. Mitchell is on the other end of the Blue Ridge from Franklin, closer to Virginia. There are some great mountain bike trails near Franklin, though, near the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The US Forest Service has a bunch of routes around Lake Fontana called the Tsali biking area. Definitely worth checking out if you brink your mtn bike. You can raft down the Nantahala River, too. Go eat dinner or lunch one day at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro, about 30 minutes from Franklin, or the Dillard House, in Dillard, Ga. Both places have the best fried chicken you''ll ever eat and lots of home-cooked vegetables and deserts. You'll be too stuffed to eat a donut, even.
Man, I don't even like to SIT that long...Retro
Sep 10, 2001 8:40 AM
Nice job, man. I like to see people proving that us old guys don't have to sit and wait to die.
great PR'sDog
Sep 10, 2001 3:48 PM
PR's are a lot of fun - congrats.

BTW, you covered the first 100 miles faster than I did this weekend on my C40.

But I got to use both feet!Humma Hah
Sep 10, 2001 7:09 PM
How's the healing process going?