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Last Post 05/12/2019 07:16 AM by Cosmic Kid. 52 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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05/06/2019 12:25 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 05/05/2019 09:55 PM
Followed the 120 up with an 80 mile road ride....weird how an 80 mile ride can now feel "short".


That mental switch is half the training. I remember doing RAMROD (about 250 kms IIRC) ahead of Haute Route Alps; after that all of the training efforts seemed short. Hmm, I half signed up to join my friend for a ride to pick up his Vanagon in Tacoma, south of Seattle. That would make for a 280km (175 mile) day. Maybe next week, unless I can find a work excuse. Or unless we get some magic rain.
longslowdistance

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05/08/2019 07:43 PM
Meanwhile, in other gravel news:
https://gearjunkie.com/shimano-grx-gravel-groupset
Cosmic Kid

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05/09/2019 11:39 AM
OK....I can't stop eating. I am constantly hungry right now. See tweet below for my lunch yesterday. Now, I only ate about half of that, but c'mon!

https://twitter.com/VeloBouf/status/1126219255228305417?s=20

After a big breakfast this AM, I was still hungry. Ate the second half of that mac&cheese @ 10:45. Still hungry.

I NEED FOOD!!!!

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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05/09/2019 12:49 PM
That looks like a normal size lunch to me CK, haha.

(I am known as the guy who only eats pasty and who's lunch occupies half the office fridge)
Cosmic Kid

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05/09/2019 01:36 PM
Was planning on three big rides over the next 3 days...60, 115, 80 (or switching the 60 & 80 milers). The 115 will be all gravel in Western IL.

But the legs are starting to feel tired....I have an forced / extended rest coming up next week while I go to Europe so was hoping to ride all the way through to next Tuesday, but may not make it. Will probably take tomorrow off and then see how I feel after the 115 on Saturday. If I can do 115, 80, 40 and 60 before I leave Tuesday, that should still leave me good and tired....then 4 days off the bike will get me recharged and I can taper.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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05/09/2019 05:44 PM
CK - good luck. Just read you're already up June 1. In my mind it was closer to when OTGG starts, third week of June. Ben and I still have some training time left.

My objective will be the Lanterne Rouge badge of honour (as long as they don't eat all the food at finish).

Unfortunately I had to say no to the 175 mile ride opportunity next week which would have cost me two work days with drive back; too busy. Oh well.
Cosmic Kid

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05/10/2019 09:33 AM
Yup....getting down to crunch time for me. This week will be my last really big training week. Normally the last big block would have been next week, but that is my Euro trip, so.....had to improvise.

I am sure you will do well more than your objective....bummer about missing the 175 ride. That would have been epic!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Cosmic Kid

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05/12/2019 07:16 AM
Well, I have definitely pushed myself over the edge. Was supposed to do 115 on gravel roads yesterday and I was struggling from the get-go. Lots of short, steep climbs...constant up & down. Every climb and my buddy was dropping me....didn’t help that I was over-geared, either (40 x 32).

Route was two big loops in different directions from Stockton IL....temps were only high-40’s and cloudy. Intermittent spitting rain....Was supposed to be high-50’s and it never warmed up. As we were finishing the first loop, I couldn’t even hold my buddy’s wheel on the flats (and it is normally the opposite).

Get back to the car to refuel / reload and we look at the weather map...huge green blob headed our way....that clinched it for me. I didn’t want to dig a hole I couldn’t get out of and I sure as hell didn’t want to do another 60 miles in 40’s and rain on gravel when I was already struggling.

Have 4 days completely off the bike this week (Wed - Sat)...now trying to figure out what to do until then. I’ll obviously be riding easy, but not certain how long to ride. Had wanted to push it all the way to my trip, but I overcooked it.
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