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Rescue Me! A slightly embarrassing ride report.(28 posts)

Rescue Me! A slightly embarrassing ride report.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:31 AM
As I get older I seem to have more problems dealing with the change from spring's cool damp weather to the heat of summer. I know that I need to drink lots and eat just a little but the first few hot days of summer really kill me. Sunday was no exception.

KG 361 had invited the RBR crew up to Harrisburg, PA for a bit of a ride. Miss M and I have ridden in the area and liked it so we were on our way. Of course it was a long drive and the ride was on Sunday. We drove up on Saturday and did a nice hilly/mountainous 105 mile ride near Gettysburg. Saturday was a nice day and not too hot so we finished early and got to Harrisburg in plenty of time for a leisurely evening.

Sunday morning Miss M and I heading up the road to KG 361s house.
Who are these guys and where is my cue sheet?MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:34 AM
We found the start without too much trouble and were ready to ride by 8:00. We introduced ourselves to KG 361 and bikenben and without much preamble we were on our way. Only one problem, there was no cue sheet. Miss M and I were lost after the second turn-bikenben was lost sooner than that.

No question we were going to stay together today. No cue sheet worked out pretty well actually, all we had to do was stay behind KG 361 (a heck of a strong rider by the way) and let him do all the work. Another bonus for bikenben and I was that any time the ride turned we could tease our fearless leader asking him, "Looks familiar, didn't we just come through here?"

It kept us amused all day.

The pace line with Miss M tucked in at the back. (This was about the only time all day I was at the front).
Right away I could tell that these were good strong riders.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:39 AM
Oh I hate that. It is bad enough that I have to try to keep up with Miss M all the time but these guys looked young and fit. I am in for a hurtfest.

Bikenben was about the smoothest rider we have ridden with for a long time. KG 361 had power to spare. A couple of clues for us that this was going to be a fast ride were the shaved legs and double chainrings on their bikes.

Trust me, we moved right along.
Picture this.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:38 AM
I wonder how many digital camera purchases RBR had influenced. Bikenben, KG 361 and I were taking pix all day. This is going to be one well reported ride.

Bikenben taking a shot of me taking a shot of him.
I guess we should thank Scot Gore for this one.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:43 AM
Bikenben had the prettiest handlebar wrap and a darn good looking bike too. I never have been much of a fan of the Cannondale look but his bike looked really nice-I may have to rethink my feelings about 'Dales.

Ben's wrap job almost tempts me to give it a try. I wonder if it would look good black on black?
I don't ordinarily get excited over bar wraps, but ...Humma Hah
Jun 30, 2003 7:28 AM
... yessir, I DO like THAT job!
anyone know that link for the braided wrap job? nmDougSloan
Jun 30, 2003 7:28 PM
anyone know that link for the braided wrap job? nmAllUpHill
Jul 1, 2003 3:16 AM
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/html/rr_handlebar.html
thanks nmDougSloan
Jul 1, 2003 6:00 AM
4 Pretty bikes in a row.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:46 AM
There were some pretty nice bikes. Miss M's titanium Merlin, bikenbens aluminum Cannondale, KG 361's carbon Look and my steel Rivendell. Between us we pretty much had the frame material selection covered.

bikenben and KG 361 checking out the equpiment.
Getting gapped on Kings Gap.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:51 AM
After a whole mess of playing in the foothills around mile 60 we headed up Kings Gap-the only extended climb of the day.

That is Miss M way off the front. I cruised up since I was starting to feel the heat and miles. After the first mile or so bikenben and KG 361 started flying up and I was on my own for a while. When I reached the top Miss M had already started down and once again I brought up the rear.
Oh, to be young and skinny!KG 361
Jun 30, 2003 9:56 AM
Biknben is a climbing machine. Smooth as glass. He (I suspect) was taking it fairly easy up King's gap. I was holding on for dear life. This was another section of the ride, going across to one of my favorite sections of road. That's Miss M off the front.
King's Gap is a nice climbcyclopathic
Jun 30, 2003 10:07 AM
a bit of rough pavement but shaded and shallow, of my favorites.
You're making me blush...biknben
Jun 30, 2003 11:35 AM
I'm a young looking 31 YO. I keep the hair short so you can't tell how bald I am. :-)

If I had a stregth, I'd say it was climbing. OTOH, this "climbing machine" gasps for air in the cat. 4 races. It's all relative.

Since we all spread out on King's Gap I figured I'd just get into a rythym and go. It only helped that the grade was gentle and the road was shaded.
I get cooked.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:53 AM
We pretty much did all of our climbing on the way out to Kings Gap. The way back was through typical Pennsylvania farm country with a bit of a tail wind. It was getting hot and alas the speed and heat were a bit too much for me. Even with all the care I took to eat and drink well I was starting to cramp up.
KG 361 my hero.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:56 AM
With perhaps 10 miles to go my legs seized up and I pulled off to the side of the road in serious pain. You could stick a fork in me, I was done.

Miss M was expecting this since it has happened to me before on the first hot day of the year. She told me to stay in the shade of some nearby trees and she would come back and get me.

As I waited in the shade of the trees and tried to get rehydrated everything started to cramp up on me (even my thumb started to cramp-what's up with that?). After a while I felt good enough to hop back on the bike to try to stay loose and cruised around the area in a really easy gear.

Instead of Miss M I was rescued by KG 361. Seems like there were so many turns on the way back that there was no way Miss M was going to be able to find me so KG 361 rescued me and Miss M went for a swim in the pool.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
This old man goes rolling home.MB1
Jun 30, 2003 7:00 AM
It was a long drive but we got home just before dark. We had stopped for a meal on the way and I was drinking the whole drive so I was feeling much better. When we got home Miss M wanted to watch a video. Since I only needed 3 more miles to get 100 for the day I went to get Miss M's video choice (a 4 mile round trip from home).

Trust me I rode slow but it did feel nice to move around in the cool of the evening.

The conclusion-it was a darn good day and a darn good ride (well except for that and all). We'd to it again in a heartbeat (if we could find any of it without directions). If KG 361 puts on a ride again we'll be there-you should be too.
Smiles. Nice ride reportKristin
Jul 1, 2003 9:22 AM
Thanks for posting these. I have to live vicariously through RBR these days.
To be honest...biknben
Jun 30, 2003 8:04 AM
I had some concerns about the distance and heat coming into the ride. I too often get caught up in the shorter hammer-fests among testoterone laden youngsters. I hadn't done a century yet this year. A more gentlemenly pace was a welcome change. I was able to stretch the legs when we went up King's Gap.

By the end I was pretty cooked from the heat and the sun. I was really slow getting out of bed this morning. My commute to work certainly was a recovery ride. Glad to see you recovered quickly.
Sounds like...Fez
Jun 30, 2003 8:27 AM
Miss M is one heck of a strong rider!
The "energizer bunny!"KG 361
Jun 30, 2003 9:48 AM
That's what I was referring to her as. She just keeps on going, and going, and going....Here she is on her way up King's gap.
Can barely see her...Fez
Jun 30, 2003 9:56 AM
That must mean she is way ahead of you!
Since MB1 started the thread, I'll add to it!KG 361
Jun 30, 2003 10:02 AM
A really good day for a ride. Sun, light winds, good company. Only 2 PA riders-Miss M grew up outside of Pittsburg. None-the-less, it was a good ride. Here is a pic of us at the small descent to McCormick road.
King"s Gap genrl store.KG 361
Jun 30, 2003 10:05 AM
MB1 cruising in for a break at the favorite stop of local riders. Good, cheap food. They are used to riders here.
MB1's Rivendell.KG 361
Jun 30, 2003 10:07 AM
Replace that sodium to prevent cramps...t0adman
Jun 30, 2003 10:59 AM
Sounds like a great ride. Way to crank out a century.

If you're like me, those hot days make you sweat a ton. I drink a non-sweet carbo drink and take up to three Thermolyte pills per hour when I'm really riding hard. They make all the difference in the world for me because they replace the sodium I lose when I sweat so much. They also contain potassium, krebs cycles, and other stuff I can't pronounce or comprehend. Give it a shot.
Tell us more about your carbo drink...MB1
Jun 30, 2003 6:41 PM
I am pretty sick of the taste of Gatorade (I add a pinch of salt to it). What is your non-sweet carbo drink and where do you buy it?

BTW where do you get your Thermolyte pills?

Thanks.
Tell us more about your carbo drink...Fez
Jul 1, 2003 5:37 AM
Agree with you on the taste. They have like 40 different flavors, none are good. I can tolerate one flavor so I buy that one whenever I can. I now water it down 50%. As with most things - it tastes better when cold (not always an option on the bike).

Why do you add salt to it? For taste or to remind you to drink more?