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Rode 120 miles yesterday. It was easy
Last Post 08/20/2013 01:51 PM by pike HillRoad. 9 Replies.
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79pmooney

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08/19/2013 03:34 PM
Got something of an eye-opener yesterday in a good way.  I signed up for Portland Century at the last moment knowing full well my conditioning isn't great, only got on the bike twice last week and I was totally unprepared.

I made it a point of going slow, hitting every rest stop and eating and drinking lots.  (This was Portland Century, known for many rest stops and good food.)  The route was much flatter than previous years which helped a lot, temps never got out of the low 80s and the afternoon breeze was at our backs.

So it was 8 hours start to finish.  Probably 2+ at rest stops.  Ate so much that I arrived home lthe same weight I started.  Jumped into the shower and rushed off to meet friends for my standing Sunday night.  Didn't even bring munchies.  And felt almost as fresh as a daisy.  Today I feel fine.

Ben
THE SKINNY

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08/19/2013 03:45 PM
nice. where did the other 20 miles come from? we've got a century coming up in a few weeks and i'm woefully unprepared. plus the food is blah.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
79pmooney

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08/19/2013 03:58 PM
It started 8 miles from my house and I rode to it. Advertised 102 miles. Missed a turn.

One huge plus of many Oregon rides is a) the high standards set by Cycle Oregon and the thousands who have volunteered at it and b) rides often have Dave's Killer Bread at rest stops. That bread with globs of peanut butter and jelly is really good!

Ben
ChinookPass

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08/19/2013 04:34 PM
Well if some halfway decent bread with pb&j is all you need, then many tour organizers can set their bar considerable lower!
THE SKINNY

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08/19/2013 04:54 PM
i like pb&j but not every 20 miles. last year's ride i brought a couple of salami sandwiches and a coke. i read an article about a chris king ride that has gourmet food at each stop. i'm not a foodie but i would sign up even though it was over $100.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
79pmooney

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08/19/2013 05:07 PM
That wasn't all they had. Stop #2 was at a farm store and the farm provided berries to die for, Kinda bars and bananas were at all stops, the stop I missed had strawberry shortcake, there were good ham and cheese, turkey and cheese and veggie/hummus sandwiches (and condiments) at the lunch stop, etc. (They did need more handwash facilities though. I've gotten spoiled at Cycle Oregon where you can always wash your hands before eating and after the Porta Potty.)

Ben
Orange Crush

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08/19/2013 05:22 PM
Nice Ben. Yesterday was not much of an eye opener for me but it was a good breakthrough for the kids (10yr olds); for first time they covered a distance of 50k. Munchies included everything one might expect at a ride themed Slow Food Cycle. Stiff headwind through the Pemberton Valley on they way back meant I had to put in some pushing to keep our daughter rolling. Then a final sprint "duel" with our boy who still had fresh legs.







Entheo

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08/19/2013 06:01 PM
ben: nice. OC: nice.
bobswire

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08/19/2013 09:06 PM
Very cool Ben I'm envious. That's funny your weight stayed the same. I fluctuate on average 2-3 lbs between the time I get up and go to bed. Yes I weigh myself twice daily.
pikeHillRoad

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08/20/2013 01:51 PM
OC - nice! family outings are the best.
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