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Last Post 02/29/2020 12:26 PM by Orange Crush. 73 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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01/05/2020 05:20 PM
OK...remind me to never do this again.

Been wanting to watch Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back. I am also heading to Asia again next weekend so I wanted to load up the miles before I left. And, in the back of my head, I have been wondering about grabbing the 100 Mile badge on Zwift.

Thus was born the Avengers Century. Worked out about perfect.....the two movies right after each other (leaving out credits) came in a bit over 5 hours. Pick a relatively flat course on Zwift (Figure 8 Reversed) and the right workouts from Trainer Road and should be good to go.

First workout ended after 3:15...already into the 2nd flick by then. Felt good, but ook a quick break, grabbed a coke and a Clif bar and got going again. Struggled the next hour....felt like a bonk was right there. Kept eating and drinking but no relief. Took another break at 4:15, grabbed another Coke and then decided to make a quick shot of espresso. The extra hit of caffeine, plus the last battle scene in Endgame, got me to the finish line.

Had to ride maybe an extra 3 minutes after the movie ended to get to the end of my Trainer Road workout, so almost perfect timing. Ended up with 103 miles on Zwift and earned my 100 Mile Badge.

Never, ever again.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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01/06/2020 12:25 PM
You are one sick individual. 100 miles outside is pushing the limits of tolerable for me... solo on a trainer?

That's certifiably nuts but congratulations anyway.
Orange Crush

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01/06/2020 12:33 PM
When you bonk in your basement full of leftover Christmas treats. That's nuts alright.

I went out for some dike riding into 50kph winds yesterday but brought the wrong companion. A skinny climber type that could not hold my wheel after 30 kms in the bluster. We also ruined our drivetrains in deep mud and standing water, did some trespassing, got caught in a hail storm but in the end got some sunny weather and tailwinds. Just made it home when it got dark. First ride of 2020 will likely go down as one of the almost epic rides of year.
Dale

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01/06/2020 02:49 PM
Riding someone off your wheel
Deep mud
Standing water
Ruined drivetrain
Trespassing
Hailstorm
Back as it's getting dark

...dang, that's the making of a great ride!
Cosmic Kid

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01/06/2020 04:43 PM
That's certifiably nuts but congratulations anyway.


Congratulations or condolences? Like I said, I'm not doing it again.....

OC, the pics from that ride looked awesome!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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01/06/2020 06:45 PM
Low country hard guys are a breed apart.
Orange Crush

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01/06/2020 08:49 PM
There was a gal on the trail too but she was smarter than us and going the other way flying with the wind. We checked later she hit a couple QOM top 3s.

My companion figured out later there was a parallel higher drier trail and I had to fess up it was well known to me. But where's the fun in that.
Orange Crush

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01/06/2020 09:14 PM
BTW...speaking of hard folks from low countries, this is a quote from van Vleuten who is currently on the men's team training camp, the only woman there:

"I have found my place (like last year): last wheel or just dropping from the last wheel.
Today 200 kilometers of epic headwind. Headwind uphill today was my best friend (because they go a little less fast in front 😎 so I was able to stick a bit longer to the group."

Now we know why she is such a beast riding with Yates bros etc.
longslowdistance

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01/07/2020 06:46 PM
Geezer flashback, brought up only to enhance the longitudinal vibe of this forum. Mimi Roach (forgive me if I do not remember her name correctly) tucked in the Mens' 1-2 crit fields back in the day. More midatlantic than New England. Small, aero, and pretty decent wattage made it easy for her to finish in the mens' bunch back in our crits crits crits and more crits era. Yo Ben, I hope you can help me out here.
Orange Crush

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01/30/2020 11:10 AM
Haha CK, saw you're note on Strava about getting dropped in first 5k of Tour de Zwift Stage 5. Then I saw that a local friend was in same race as you (at least I assume that's how it works?). Curiously even though he put out 70 more watts than you and was 3-4 kph faster his distance was shorter. He's also the provincial TT champ and came 2nd at nationals TT (Masters C, the youngest age group).

Meanwhile my kid ran 100.5 kms last week while I only totalled 98kms (in a single ride mind you).
Dale

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01/30/2020 12:38 PM
Jumped on the Zwift last night and saw CK was there, clicked on to ride with him. After sitting in his draft for a couple of minutes he must have looked up from his TV show and messaged me... we rode about half an hour together, he was loafing along, I was on the rivet.
Cosmic Kid

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01/30/2020 04:14 PM
getting dropped in first 5k of Tour de Zwift Stage 5.


Oh no....it wasn't even that long. More like 500m. Probably not even that.....seriously.

That said, I was also riding a Trainer Road program, so even though I timed it so that I was on a threshold interval when the flag dropped, I was immediately blown out the back. Within less than a minute, the fron group already had 10"+ on me and I was tailing off the second group. *shrug* I was just trying to get credit for the stage, not really racing it. The distance / time difference was probably because I kept riding for ~40 min after the stage to log a few more miles.

And Dale is correct....at least as far as the timing. I don't believe for a second he was on the rivet.

Definitely fun to "ride" together, though!!!



Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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01/31/2020 09:32 PM
Did an advertised 2.5 w/kg ride last night. Finished 93 or something out of close to 200 and averaged 3.0w/kg. Something about the algorithms they use punish us 63kg guys on flat routes. I'm at 4.0 and hanging on by the skin of my teeth. On the climbs it's another matter.
Orange Crush

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02/29/2020 12:26 PM
It’s solidly spring. I just wanted to put that out there.

Didn’t miss a single weekend outside riding this winter. That’s a bit uncommon. Normally there’s 2 to 3 weeks where outside riding is not possible or safe.
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