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Old 04-25-2013, 06:23 AM   #28246
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Some people just have this need to show off. It seems, his vehicle of choice (pun intended) is a bicycle just as with the Gay Pirate brigade, it's a chopper...

Oh well...
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #28247
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There are far too many random variables in racing which contaminate the results: bad weather, equipment failures, accidents, getting stuck behind slower riders, etc. Strava eliminates all these, making it a much better indicator of performance.
You have no idea of what you're talking about. You are a Fred.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:36 AM   #28248
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You have no idea of what you're talking about. You are a Fred.
Wow. Clearly no response would be adequate against the power and subtlety of that argument.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:02 AM   #28249
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T minus 1 day until I enter the most physically and mentally demanding race I have to date. Saturday kicks off the Cohutta 100 ultra endurance race and, if the weather report is any indicator, this promises to be a memory making event. The body is as ready as it will ever be, the mind is awash with "what-ifs" and the 29er is woefully under-utilized to this point. I've been meticulous and consistent with my road training to maintain the cardio base, but am mildly concerned with switching over to a 10+ hour dueling match with the MTB and 160 or so other testosterone-fueled personalities.

This should be an epic day. Hopefully I'll have a chance to snap some pics for you hooligans.

Trying to calculate the calories I'll need for the race consumes most of my thoughts right now. At roughly 10 +/- hours in the saddle, I'm figuring approximately 400-450 calories per hour that my body can absorb. Obviously the greatest source of these calories are simple carbs with a few long-chain carbs for slow burn and aiding digestion. I really love the Tailwind Nutrition liquid calories. Each 39cc scoop yields approximately 100 calories and, since it is so light on taste, that can easily be doubled up or even tripled. Each Camelbak fill will net me 800 calories in addition to the hydration of 70oz/fill. I'm staging those fills about every 3 hours.

This is what 4830 calories looks like just in case you're curious:

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:40 AM   #28250
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T minus 1 day until I enter the most physically and mentally demanding race I have to date. Saturday kicks off the Cohutta 100 ultra endurance race and, if the weather report is any indicator, this promises to be a memory making event. The body is as ready as it will ever be, the mind is awash with "what-ifs" and the 29er is woefully under-utilized to this point. I've been meticulous and consistent with my road training to maintain the cardio base, but am mildly concerned with switching over to a 10+ hour dueling match with the MTB and 160 or so other testosterone-fueled personalities.

This should be an epic day. Hopefully I'll have a chance to snap some pics for you hooligans.

Trying to calculate the calories I'll need for the race consumes most of my thoughts right now. At roughly 10 +/- hours in the saddle, I'm figuring approximately 400-450 calories per hour that my body can absorb. Obviously the greatest source of these calories are simple carbs with a few long-chain carbs for slow burn and aiding digestion. I really love the Tailwind Nutrition liquid calories. Each 39cc scoop yields approximately 100 calories and, since it is so light on taste, that can easily be doubled up or even tripled. Each Camelbak fill will net me 800 calories in addition to the hydration of 70oz/fill. I'm staging those fills about every 3 hours.

This is what 4830 calories looks like just in case you're curious:
good luck & make sure you get onto Strava... as it's the only true measure
but seriously.. good luck & go fast
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:46 AM   #28251
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Wow. Clearly no response would be adequate against the power and subtlety of that argument.
I wish you guys would take this shite to JoMamma or maybe PM, your personal e-mail, Twitter, or FaceBook accounts and give the rest of us a break, eh? C'mon, play nice or just please.


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T minus 1 day until I enter the most physically and mentally demanding race I have to date. Saturday kicks off the Cohutta 100 ultra endurance race and, if the weather report is any indicator, this promises to be a memory making event. The body is as ready as it will ever be, the mind is awash with "what-ifs" and the 29er is woefully under-utilized to this point. I've been meticulous and consistent with my road training to maintain the cardio base, but am mildly concerned with switching over to a 10+ hour dueling match with the MTB and 160 or so other testosterone-fueled personalities.

This should be an epic day. Hopefully I'll have a chance to snap some pics for you hooligans.
Dude, I can only look on with envy and wish you the best of luck! At 55 y.o. and wife's private business, full-time demanding job, a shit-load of kids and grandkids, a small farm to take care of, etc. the best I can hope for is time to enjoy about 50 to 100 miles a week on the bicycles (long lunch breaks) and a few 100 on the motorcycles (including riding to work and back, ho hum but better than a cage). I did some racing when I was younger and it was fun, but after coming close to harking up a lung at the top of a massive hill in a mountain bike race I decided I wasn't going to do any more of that. I won my class that day, but I was holding up the "kids" in their 20's and 30's and 40's... Now I cycle for fun only, sometimes with a group of road animals (I have a friend who is 67 and I can not keep up with him) but that's as close to racing as I want to get these days.

Do your best, come back with lots of fun memories, and don't blow a lung or hurt yourself! Best wishes.

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #28252
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #28253
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good luck & make sure you get onto Strava... as it's the only true measure
but seriously.. good luck & go fast
Stop it now, I'm eating lunch
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #28254
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Hell's bells, man. I almost bonked just reading about your calorie intake prep. I really like the Honey Stinger stuff too, being able to crumple up and trash a little effigy of LA every time I down a waffle is fun! Kudos as well on the fig newtons, cheap and effective.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #28255
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Just wanted to point out that as regards visibility, a recent study stated that it was the narrow width of bikes/ cyclists/ motorcyclists that caused the cage drivers to "not see" them, not the height. This would render the whole "i'm lower so they can't see me" argument moot. They can't see you period.
even if height were all there was to it, at least from atop the saddle of a 60+c bike *I* can see. compared to the view i have from a standard bike, the limited visibility i have from the seat of a 'bent just ain't for me.


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The study noted that if, however, there was something unusual (a recumbent (not your everyday sight,) or a motorcyclist standing on the pegs, etc) then the motorists were "forced" to see them as their eyes would literally look directly at the subject and focus, versus just sweep over.
Target Fixation; what causes drivers to plow into brightly-colored emergency vehicles,...

there's no perfect answer; all these things are just variables to be considered. from there we place our bets and take our chances.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #28256
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #28257
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Best of luck Ridge !
+1 Aspire to finish as there is no point in trying to hang with the local fast guys. Some old fart here is doing it in the single speed class. Looks like you are ready.




PS Post up your ride on Strava so Aurelius can come up here and show us how fast he really is.... Without all the slouchy racers slowing him down.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:47 AM   #28258
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Dude, I can only look on with envy and wish you the best of luck! At 55 y.o. and wife's private business, full-time demanding job, a shit-load of kids and grandkids, a small farm to take care of, etc. the best I can hope for is time to enjoy about 50 to 100 miles a week on the bicycles (long lunch breaks) and a few 100 on the motorcycles (including riding to work and back, ho hum but better than a cage). I did some racing when I was younger and it was fun, but after coming close to harking up a lung at the top of a massive hill in a mountain bike race I decided I wasn't going to do any more of that. I won my class that day, but I was holding up the "kids" in their 20's and 30's and 40's... Now I cycle for fun only, sometimes with a group of road animals (I have a friend who is 67 and I can not keep up with him) but that's as close to racing as I want to get these days.

Do your best, come back with lots of fun memories, and don't blow a lung or hurt yourself! Best wishes.

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good luck & make sure you get onto Strava... as it's the only true measure
but seriously.. good luck & go fast
Thanks all. I do like the Honey Stinger products and the bonus of crumpling Lance's effigy just adds to the reward. I think they (Honey Stinger) are trying to distance themselves from him as they were blowing out all of their products through Chainlove cheap! It'll be curious to see if their next packaging has any reference to him at all.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:02 AM   #28259
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Ten plus hours on a bike? A mountain bike?
Wow.
Go get 'em.
10+hours in my cube beats me like a rented mule.

Looking forward to the story.

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T minus 1 day until I enter the most physically and mentally demanding race I have to date. Saturday kicks off the Cohutta 100 ultra endurance race and, if the weather report is any indicator, this promises to be a memory making event. The body is as ready as it will ever be, the mind is awash with "what-ifs" and the 29er is woefully under-utilized to this point. I've been meticulous and consistent with my road training to maintain the cardio base, but am mildly concerned with switching over to a 10+ hour dueling match with the MTB and 160 or so other testosterone-fueled personalities.

This should be an epic day. Hopefully I'll have a chance to snap some pics for you hooligans.

Trying to calculate the calories I'll need for the race consumes most of my thoughts right now. At roughly 10 +/- hours in the saddle, I'm figuring approximately 400-450 calories per hour that my body can absorb. Obviously the greatest source of these calories are simple carbs with a few long-chain carbs for slow burn and aiding digestion. I really love the Tailwind Nutrition liquid calories. Each 39cc scoop yields approximately 100 calories and, since it is so light on taste, that can easily be doubled up or even tripled. Each Camelbak fill will net me 800 calories in addition to the hydration of 70oz/fill. I'm staging those fills about every 3 hours.

This is what 4830 calories looks like just in case you're curious:
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #28260
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