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A glimmer of hope - I may survive the TdCanal yet.(9 posts)

A glimmer of hope - I may survive the TdCanal yet.Humma Hah
Sep 2, 2003 9:14 AM
Having been skunked all thru August on training miles for the Tour de Canal (Cumberland, MD to Washington DC, 184 miles on the C&O Towpath in 2 days), I finally got some riding done over the weekend. I snuck in about 20-30 (the battery died on the computer in mid-ride) on Friday, got in a hard 12 Sunday on the MTB in the mountains (call it interval training), an easy 90 yesterday on the W&OD, and I can probably get a little more today and tomorrow before taking it easy Thursday and Friday.

I sagged a little mid-day yesterday, in 89 degree heat and humidity, but finished strong, would have done 100 if I'd started earlier or had more daylight.

Pace, hydration, calories, and maybe I'll survive.
Piece of cake, it is downhill all the way.MB1
Sep 2, 2003 10:29 AM
You drop 680 feet or so in 184 miles. That is several feet per mile-no problem at all. Now if you started in DC I'd be a little worried about all that climbing...

I should be in primo shape for the NSA-OCE ...Humma Hah
Sep 2, 2003 10:45 AM
... but the Paramount is waiting to see how good my wheel-building skills are. I wanna respoke both wheels before the ride.

The cruiser's in virtually perfect shape at the moment. Might need some bearings cleaned after next weekend, tho'.

The route instructions just came thru on the TdCanal. There's one stretch at miles 88-84 where they'll detour us on some local roads which do have hills. Those are fairly early on day 2 and should be no problem. I won't have the lights on the bike for day 2 (only need them for the Paw Paw tunnel), so the bike will only weigh about 42 pounds for the climbs.
hey Hammacyclopathic
Sep 2, 2003 11:04 AM
if I survived my morning commute today, you will survive too. Of cause in retrospect going for 100mi MTB ride 1 week after PBP may be not the smartest thing to do.


PS it is better to be undertrained then overtrained, take it easy today and tomorrow. Ride just enough to warm up and get legs going good luck
I wonder if I'll ever do the PBP or BMB ...Humma Hah
Sep 2, 2003 12:08 PM
I'm hoping to sneak in a couple of shorter brevets soon, possibly next spring's series. I'd like to be able to say I've done a brevet on the cruiser, but I don't think I'm up to a 300k on it.

I don't know how I'd ever get time to train for and ride a full series.

My hat is off to you!
re: Quad centuries?cyclopathic
Sep 2, 2003 2:26 PM
BMB has a populare option: Quad centuries. You get to ride first 230mi of BMB out and back, as 4 consequent centuries, 4 days in a row. You get the taste of what BMB like, meet people w/o killing yourself. I will do it when my son is strong enough to carry over 4 centuries.

Now, I don't think I would ever consider fix gear or single speed: Middlebury Gap is tough almost 2mi at avg ~12% with kicks into 16%+.
I saw 2 fixie riders from Scotland at PBP. nmLon Norder
Sep 2, 2003 4:57 PM
One-day quads, eight in a row ...Humma Hah
Sep 3, 2003 6:19 AM
... What's the record for a solo Race Across America? 8 and a half days? That's gotta be pretty close to a quad century a day, eight days in a row.

The guy who holds that record CANNOT be a mere mortal.
Take some pics.Lon Norder
Sep 2, 2003 4:55 PM
I used to live in Gaithersburb, MD, and I always wanted to do that ride.