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Old 04-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #28456
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Damn Ridge that last bit was heartbreaking!

...but at least you A. finished and B. finished under your own power.



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Old 04-30-2013, 06:27 AM   #28457
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Damn Ridge that last bit was heartbreaking!

...but at least you A. finished and B. finished under your own power.



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Thanks and I agree that, at that point, I was just happy to finish under my own power. I'd be remiss to say that I want retribution next year. Better preparation, better nutrition, stronger execution.

Wilderness 101 in PA and Mohican 100 in OH are fast approaching and I need to decide if I'm attempting either... or both.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:32 AM   #28458
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Examining the carnage reveals more questions than answers. Not only has the chain jumped from the front ring, but the rear derailleur is now completely rigid and locked out to the largest cog. No matter what permutation I try, I cannot make the drive train functional again.



Well, bollocks. Still, I think awarding approximately 10,000 man-points are in order. Kudos, sir.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:35 AM   #28459
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Thanks and I agree that, at that point, I was just happy to finish under my own power. I'd be remiss to say that I want retribution next year. Better preparation, better nutrition, stronger execution.

Wilderness 101 in PA and Mohican 100 in OH are fast approaching and I need to decide if I'm attempting either... or both.
On a positive note, the weather can't possibly be worse than last weekend.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:39 AM   #28460
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After Ridge's RR, mine is postively hum-drum. 2ish hours in the off-again on-again rain on dirt roads.

I DID go the hardest the longest I've done since last cross season yesterday going up Busthead Rd. Legs were screaming at me. HR was within 4 beats of legs completely locking up. ...and I said 'shut up legs!' and kept going. My arms were so full of lactic acid that I couldn't grip my bars any more. Luckily, going uphill, you don't really need to.

100m of flat(ish) and I was ready to go again. HR was back down out of the red zone, arms were working again, and with more air flow, my glasses sorta un-fogged.

...then there was a 3mi downhill... Its fun descending in the mud. Glasses get all covered in mud, water gets inside your lenses, and there's no traction. Makes going round corners 'fun.'

All-in-all, it was a fun albeit hard ride. ...in what's *supposed* to be an easy week! I missed a few days of riding last week due to the 4-day headache, so I figured one ride 'out of the ordinary' would be OK.

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Old 04-30-2013, 06:49 AM   #28461
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Damn Ridge, congratulations on finishing!
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:58 AM   #28462
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Good stuff Ridge.

Made my back hurt.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:03 AM   #28463
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Thanks guys. I always recommend pushing ones limits... but this one might have been a bit too far even for me.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #28464
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Thanks guys. I always recommend pushing ones limits... but this one might have been a bit too far even for me.
humph. You ain't dead. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #28465
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Damn Ridge, congratulations on finishing!
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Good stuff Ridge.

Made my back hurt.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:37 AM   #28466
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Did you get banned?
Nope, it was a reference to the topic rehash we keep running into.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:29 AM   #28467
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humph. You ain't dead. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

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True... and I just registered for the Pisgah 55.5 along with the Wilderness 101. I'm not an addict... I promise.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #28468
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True... and I just registered for the Pisgah 55.5 along with the Wilderness 101. I'm not an addict... I promise.
I say again: humph

So... what didya do for training to be on the bike for umpteen hours?

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:05 AM   #28469
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:23 AM   #28470
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Honestly not much difference between preparation for my normal race season. I typically log about 160 miles per week throughout 5 days with two rest days as bookends. I include at least one set of AT intervals immediately after a rest day and I try to fit in a few sets of anaerobic jumps after the second rest day. I'll adjust the schedule depending on which races I'm doing on the weekends. If no races scheduled, then I add in long endurance miles on weekends.

Nutrition and calorie intake are bigger factors IMHO. Finding that balance between what you can tolerate for 10+ hours with what your body responds well to is the most difficult piece of the puzzle. For me, it was honey stinger waffles, fig "Newman's", Honey Stinger chews and Tailwind nutrition in the camelbak. Figure that you can ingest and absorb approximately 1/3 of the calories you're burning and add or subtract as the day progresses. After my derailleur incident, I drastically cut back on calorie intake since I was relegated to spinning at a 6mph max speed. Had I been able to keep going as before, I would have had much less food left over at the end.
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