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MS 150(6 posts)

MS 150b_spiwak
Apr 29, 2002 9:05 AM
Maybe some of you remember my post of about a month ago, in which I asked if riding 150 miles in 2 days was a century. Anyway, I got the point that it wasn't considered a century by the majority of the cyclists out there, but that's not what this post is about.
I finally got to ride the MS 150 ride this saturday and sunday. I trained for it and thought about it for about 2 months, and I've got to say, it was more painfull and more fun than I imagined. The most I hade ridden before this was 100 miles in one weekend, which I was able to do with no problem. So I thought I was in good shape. Anyway, the first day, I got to the start line about an hour late, so most of the "serious" riders had already gone; I was left with the lazy people who didn't get up early, with the women, and with the children. Needless to say, they didn't help out on the ride, so I basically had to do a "solo" 70 mile ride. I say 70 becasue at mile 70, after suffering for about 4 hours, I got a flat and wasn't able to finish the ride. I was frustrated, but I still had the second day to go.

On day two, I found a group of cyclists that were at about my fitness level. We were keeping up a good pace, about 22 mph in a paceline. I live in Florida, so there are no mountains here, but we did get to a bridge and as I went down, I got to 41 mph. The fastest I've ever gone on a bike! It felt great! I felt good for the whole ride, until mile 60. That's when I started suffering. However, I was able to finish the ride. I felt like it was a great accomplishment for me; I'm 16 years old, and this was the hardest thing I've ever done. It was a weekend full of riding, meeting new people, and a hell of a good time. Unforgettable, really!
Apr 29, 2002 9:59 AM
keep on riding son
Well Done!! And thx for supporting the MS150!! (nm)Bike Fool
Apr 29, 2002 11:57 AM
Good Job, & you helped someone elso. Way to go! nmLen J
Apr 29, 2002 12:36 PM
A great experienceTig
Apr 29, 2002 1:49 PM
Although I haven't ridden the MS 150 since 1987 (the Houston to Austin one is more like 160+ miles I think), I still remember it fondly. The climbs and long hot days were an incredible challenge since I hadn't been road riding for more than 6 months and still had a huge screw in my right tibia after getting hit by a car. The whole atmosphere was wonderful. Conquering the ride was a great feeling and really jump-started my interest in road riding.

I'm sure you are still enjoying the ride even now that its over. You also learned a few lessons on long rides. Here are just a few lessons I learned a long time ago: Don't eat a heavy breakfast. Bring a few extra spare tubes and a pump. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of easy to digest food along the way. Don't try any new foods or sports drinks during a big event... test them the preceding months. Bring extra food in your pockets as a backup, and for eating on the bike so that you don't have to wait until you get to a rest stop. Stop as often as you need, but don't stay there too long. Take advantage of the break and stretch. Fill your water bottles back up each stop. Don't make any drastic changes to your bike right before the ride. And most of all... start preparing for a big event 6 months in advance and not just the 2 months before.

I'm glad you had a great time. You have now built up a stronger confidence in your abilities both as a cyclist, and as a person who is getting close to adulthood. I think I may ride the MS next year!
re: MS 150Icefrk13
Apr 30, 2002 11:39 AM
Congrats ... I am doing my second one this year. Started training a hole lot earler this time around. Once again good job.