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OK, tell me I have no reason for concern(10 posts)

OK, tell me I have no reason for concernPaulCL
May 8, 2002 6:56 AM
I am riding the TOSRV ride this weekend..100 miles Saturday, 100 miles Sunday.

I rode 35 miles last Wednesday, couldn't ride this weekend (out of town) and we've had monsoons all week which have stopped my riding. Due to weather, sickness, business, etc...I've only got 675 miles in my legs. I'm getting nervous about my suffering this weekend. Usually, my first century is in June after about 1500 miles and a whole bunch of 60-70 milers. My longest this year is three or four 50 milers.

Oh well, I'm committed. We'll just take it easy. The only plus is that my riding partners are in the same boat. Paul
speed kills, not distancescruffyduncan
May 8, 2002 7:01 AM
take it nice and steady, you'll get there in the end
agree nmDougSloan
May 8, 2002 7:03 AM
just eat, drink and warm up properly nmgtx
May 8, 2002 7:34 AM
you'll be fine :-)lonefrontranger
May 8, 2002 7:52 AM
Just ignore the 25mph headwind in both directions and the Biblical floods! The 2 years I did TOS: the first year the stadium flooded (wet sleeping bags, anyone) and the second year the wind blew so hard it blew some friends of ours over on their tandem. Both times it was colder than a witch's... well, you know.

Mom claims the weather has been abysmal back home (Waynesville, OH). Boulder is gorgeous but way, way too dry. Our snowpack was recently claimed to be at 25% of normal, not that I have any clue what that really means except we're up the crick without an oar water-wise. Mind sending a little of that rain our way? The fires have been terrible on the Front Range already this spring. It's no good having 70 and sunny if you're breathing smoke the entire time...

Seriously, TOS is pretty flat. Except for the wind, which I guarantee you'll have, you can take it easy and get there no trouble. Don't be afraid to take advantage of the rest stops; those last 10 miles are endless when you're bonking.
May 8, 2002 9:59 AM
I've never done tosrv before...but I've been warned of the flakey weather. 30 degrees and rain coming out of Portsmouth only to warm up to 70 within a couple of hours. The wind. Oh the wind. That's what everyone talks about.

I've done lots of centuries but never back to back and at such an early stage of my year. This year has just sucked as riding time goes: kids have been sick when it's pretty, snow in April, 50mph winds a week ago, monsoons this week (about 6 inches of rain in three days)...

Early weather for tosrv: 75 sunny on Saturday. 77 and rain on Sunday. Yippee.
eat a lot before and during the ride...merckx56
May 8, 2002 8:21 AM
and take as much fluid as you can stand. it's better to have to stop and pee six times than bonk and be dehydrated.
what you do the first day will make or break you on the second day.
NSAIDS nmJS Haiku Shop
May 8, 2002 9:44 AM
chamois butter, and lots of it, nm.DrSchu
May 8, 2002 11:52 AM
Just take it easyChaz_cycles
May 8, 2002 2:33 PM
I had your same problem a few years ago. I only had 75 miles in for the year then rode the Death Valley double century (end of Febuary). It was not the most pleasant ride I have done but I finished(15.5hrs). Take it nice and easy eat and drink a little more then normal and don't go chasing anyone down and you will be fine.