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Last Post 09/09/2019 08:47 AM by Cosmic Kid. 55 Replies.
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longslowdistance

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06/05/2019 05:42 PM
3 minutes is pretty short for a TIA, but it's a thought.
79pmooney

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06/11/2019 09:36 PM
Did my second block of training since June started and things are coming around. (And that GPS is a good training tool! Even with no bells and whistles. Just speed, average speed and mileage go a long ways. (Average speed on the fix gear is just "how hard are you working?") Rode 102 miles Sunday (geared), 10 miles in-town and later back Monday. Wow! was that hard! And it hurt. Today 45 fixed, fairly early to beat the worst of the heat. (Hit 95 and dry. 85 when I got home.) I;ll do that same 10 in and back tomorrow at the hottest hours of the day. Thursday should be cooler. Maybe another 45 fixed?

So form is coming around. Good sustained speeds - but - this work hits me harder than it ever used to! Yesterday was crazy. I took a nap this afternoon. Felt so good to lie down. I keep telling myself that HR monitor is going to be my friend and that I need to treat it as such. Listen to it with respect; that what I am doing now is so I can "enjoy" the ride next week, that 134-145 is a zone I should NOT hang out in!

Ben
Orange Crush

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06/11/2019 10:23 PM
I did 110 kms yesterday with 2500 m elevation (double Seymour)

Today I rode 135kms with close to 3000m elevation. Would have hit 3000 if it wasn't for frayed derailleur cable on final climb causing lost gearing so I went straight to shop to have it fixed. Better today than next week. Hot as hell today had to cut out one climb. Also crap recovery from the double Seymour ride. Next week will be a battle to finish five days. Remind me not to sign up for multi day events.

Then again the two rides combined where close to half the distance and over half the elevation of the 5 days. We'll see. Rest for remaining days to maximize freshness at start. Will see you there.
Cosmic Kid

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06/12/2019 07:16 AM
Some solid day there, OC....you’ll be ready to go!

Looking forward to the reports from both you and Ben!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/15/2019 10:15 AM
Weather for next week looks near perfect but lot of work needed on course. Update from organization...

We have been hard at work this past week getting courses cleared and cleaned for the inaugural Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder. Huge March snow storms have left a lot of snow up high late this year. Check out the work we are doing on the Oregon Military Wagon Road that crosses over the top of the Range. Some drifts were still 5 and 6 feet deep! We plowed nearly 4 miles of road in the past three days to gain access from Oakridge to Gilchrist on Stage 3. It is now ready to race!
longslowdistance

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06/16/2019 07:55 PM
Kinda makes one think about tire choices. F'in epic!
Orange Crush

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06/16/2019 08:08 PM
It's not like I had any tire choice to begin with...size wise that is.

Ben - there was a note on FB that stage 5 may have to be rerouted if they can't clear the snow. Presumably in Mt Bachelor area. They have an alternative lined up but no details. From memory when I was there I'd assume they'd have to stay more east and lower which is still pretty darn scenic.
Orange Crush

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06/20/2019 08:44 PM
Quick status update. Have had several meet and greets with Ben. Survived the first two epic stages. Including 20 k of sand bunker hell aka a mid 1800s wagon trail on first stage and today with a 30 km climb and bone chilling drizzle for breakfast. Tomorrow is the real epic day with more wagon trail hell a 40 km climb and several others.

Day 1 w photos Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/qzB0Zn8JGX

Day 2 Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/ydXsv6bKGX
longslowdistance

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06/20/2019 09:17 PM
Wow, Day 2 began with an HC climb. Not on pavement. Hello!
Cosmic Kid

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06/20/2019 09:22 PM
Man, that is some hellacious elevation gain between 2 days...looks awesome!

Following you now in Strava...looking forward to the next post!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/20/2019 09:48 PM
Tomorrow morning is decision time. Another doable day like last two which means downgrading to adventurer or go for broke on the hellish explorer route and risk a DNF. The explorer route tomorrow is way harder than last two days. Possibly a 9 to 10 hour day.
Orange Crush

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06/21/2019 06:22 PM
Survived day 3 after joining the mass exodus to the "easier" adventure route. Still a big day in saddle.

Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/0XHhWOJeIX
Cosmic Kid

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06/21/2019 10:16 PM
Wow...outstanding.

And that ice cream was well earned!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/22/2019 08:47 AM
The wagon trail turned out to be a ton of fun per pics. But very sadistic sand trail at end. Sapping.
Orange Crush

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06/22/2019 07:05 PM
Today I contemplated my future as a roadie. Butt is raw my back is a mess from rattling on washboard and getting side swiped in loose sand but at least I don't feel like I need to pull a roadside dumoulin anymore and each time we hit a hill things still feel descent.

Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/wy0QuoLWJX
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