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Anyone doing the Knoxville Double this weekend?(8 posts)

Anyone doing the Knoxville Double this weekend?MrCelloBoy
Sep 25, 2001 10:15 AM
The SRCC is doing a ride-along starting in ANGWIN at 9-ish.
I hope to be doing it on our Calfee tandem with Kathy.
It's a great opportunity to gawk at our Chromalusion paint job!
re: Anyone doing the Knoxville Double this weekend?Stan_B
Sep 25, 2001 12:20 PM
I'm not riding it but the idea of a double century intrigues me. What level of fitness must one be at to attempt this? How many miles per week training, average speed, longest ride etc. would be considered necessary prior to entering such an event?
I used to thinkMB1
Sep 25, 2001 12:28 PM
I could ride in one ride what I averaged in a week. Hugh Murphy who organized lots of Doubles suggested that if you can do 100 on Saturday and 50 comfortably on Sunday you could do a Double comfortably.

Doubles usually aren't speed although speed training won't hurt. Doubles are about preparation, pace and perseverance.
This is how I prepared...jjay
Sep 25, 2001 12:43 PM
I just did a 203 mile road race. I did three rides over 100 miles in the six week period leading up to the race with the longest being 130. I was putting in about 225-250 miles a week. One of the biggest factors when riding that kind of distance is to make yourself eat and drink alot.
Dear Stan...MrCelloBoy
Sep 25, 2001 2:19 PM
Last time I did one (Terrible Two 1999) I started doing some LSD training (Long Slow Distance) in February leading up to the June Event. I did about 3-4 rides a week, averaging about 30-60 miles at a 16-18MPH avg. I worked up to doing a 80-100 miler every weekend for the last month or so before, culminating in a 3-day weekend that included a total of 220 miles and 18,000' of elevation gain. At that point I knew I was ready.
I think that was two to three weeks prior to the event. I tapered off a bit and did just a couple of spins the week prior. I was able to do the TT comfortably.
I'm aiming for the CA Triple Crown (3-doubles) this year for the first time (at age 46). I plan to do essentially the same type of training with the exception of adding some strength specific training between the second and third events which are a few months apart.
My rule of thumb...Zignzag
Sep 25, 2001 5:00 PM
If I can do 45% of the effort on back-to-back days 2 or 3 weeks before the event then I know I'm ready. For example, if the ride is 200 miles with 10,000 ft of climbing, if I can do 90 miles with 4,500 ft of climbing on back to back days and not feel wiped out then I know I'll be OK.
Yep -my first double.Sprocket Rocket
Sep 25, 2001 2:51 PM
I did back to back centuries last year at the Waves to Wine (Saturday and Sunday) so I guess I will make it in one piece.

I have two secret weapons. One is my Guarana caplets (south of the border caffeine herb -smooth and steady at 90mg a pop) and just in case my knees blow Pain Aid pills (with 162mg of aspirin, 152mg of salicylamide, 110mg of Acitominophen, and 32.4mg of caffiene per pill). The only thing better is general anasthetic. I once used them to limp home after a horrific crash and felt better than I did before the crash. I think they are only available in commercial first aid kits.

I don't think about the mileage. It sounds too daunting. If you think about it as a fifteen or so hour bike ride it sounds a little more feasable.
Sep 25, 2001 4:54 PM
Did it last year and loved it. Really a great course and a great time of year to ride in Nor Cal. Seeing the first light of dawn hit 5 or 6 multicolored hot air balloons as I rode up Napa Valley was incredable. I'm taking my camera this time.