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Cosmic Kid

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06/03/2019 01:38 PM
Yeah, Allison Tetrick is doing OTGG and sounds really excited about it.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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06/03/2019 01:51 PM
Amity Rockwell, Sarah Max and couple others from top 10 as well. They'll have a very competitive field on the women's side. I saw a couple names pass by on men's side but none that I recognize from DK200 top finishers.
longslowdistance

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06/03/2019 08:26 PM
Luck.
longslowdistance

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06/03/2019 08:26 PM
Lady Luck sucks.
longslowdistance

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06/03/2019 08:27 PM
There may be some sort of lesson here. Or not. Sometimes luck just is out to get you.
Dale

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06/04/2019 07:56 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/03/2019 11:25 AM
Oh, another point....after all my tinkering around to get the "right" bar set-up, both armrest pads came off within 5 miles and I didn't notice. So I dragged around aerobars that I could never use....

Don't think I would bother with aerobars again, regardless....even though you inevitably end up on your own at some point, I think the extra weight and drag (when not in the bars) offset any gains from when you do use them.


Clearly CK is still suffering the aftereffects of this event.
Here is is babbling on about something aero not being worth it.
Could someone up in the NW Chicago suburbs go check on him for us?

...either that or his account got hacked
Dale

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06/04/2019 07:59 PM
Thanks for the report and glad you survived.
It's tough to race when you're not 100%, especially that far.

I think you can fake it in a short race... hang out in the pack or whatever, but in the heat for 200 miles- nope.
Cosmic Kid

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06/04/2019 10:08 PM
LOL, Dale....strange times, right?

I was actually questioning the bars for a few weeks before the event, but decided to roll with them. I had arm warmers in my SAG bag and considered taping them around the arm brackets with electrical tape at the first rest stop so I could use the bars.
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79pmooney

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06/04/2019 10:57 PM
CK, I had a clamp-on WB cage under the DT. Great for morning coffee. I can carry two waters and my coffee and swap the bottles around later. Do it all the time for CO. You got me thinking. The old sailboat rule, KISS. Took it off. (I got a "camelback" for the days with long stretches between rest stops. I'll run straight water in it and Vitalyte in the bottles. (I had nice Cuisse (sp) cages on the bike for many years. They never dropped a bottle. Replaced them with new Kings.)

Spare spokes are solidly taped on with electrical tape. One wrap to protect the paint and provide a solid anchor. Two wraps to secure. Both ends and middle. Bike's coming together. Need to make a solid HB mount for my wrist HR monitor. (Plan - cut a disk out of wood. Drill an oversized hole. Saw it in two. Wrap the bar with innertube. Screw together the pieces. Maybe more innertube over.)
Cosmic Kid

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06/05/2019 09:11 AM
Ben, that was exactly my hydration strategy for DK....Camelbak filled with water and two large bottles with nutrition (I used Infinit Speed and Jet Fuel). I'll also recommend the CamelBak Podium Chill insulated bottles. They do a great job at keeping liquids cold / cool much longer. I froze all my bottles overnight....had cool liquid all the way to Checkpoint 1. The bottles that I would ahve picked up in Checkpoint 3 were still about halfway frozen by the time my buddies reached CP3 (stored in a cooler).

Another option for you HB mount would be to just get some foam pipe insulation and cut it to the right width...much easier and faster.
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79pmooney

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06/05/2019 11:58 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/05/2019 09:11 AM
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Another option for you HB mount would be to just get some foam pipe insulation and cut it to the right width...much easier and faster.

Easier and faster but I am thinking the foam will crush, accelerated by all the vibration and the "watch" will soon spin around and certainly not sit straight.  And this is 5 days, not one.

Edit:  CK, I've never been a fan of cold water on hot days.  Warm water seems to go down better, stay down and I drink much more.
Orange Crush

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06/05/2019 12:33 PM
I think you also need some aero bars Ben. CK can advise :-)

No spare wheels or spokes for me, just fingers crossed. The wheels have been absolutely bomb proof to date. Will be bringing some spare tires just in case but they will remain at camp.

No camelbak or anything else on my back. My hydration strategy typically is when folks bring one bottle I have none, when they bring two I have one, and for rides like this I will actually take along the second bottle. I am considering maybe throwing an empty third bottle into my mini handlebar bag, to be filled if and when required. It depends what else needs to go in that baggy for nutrition, extra spare tubes, allan key set, and hmmm maybe some duct tape (excellent tip from CK on that front).

No monitors either, I've ridden long enough to be able to tell what effort is sustainable and what's not. But in Ben's case given recent episode, having one is probably wise. I don't want to be digging a shallow grave with my mini-pump as only tool.
Cosmic Kid

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06/05/2019 01:58 PM
I may or may not have just put my name on a waiting list for a hotel room for May 28-31, 2020 in Emporia, KS..... OC, if you are even considering the race, look into getting a reservation ASAP. You can always cancel / switch it and rooms go really quick.
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Orange Crush

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06/05/2019 02:04 PM
Good intel CK. What hotel did you book and I take it those are next year's dates? That would leave under 2 months following Costa Rica trip for training.
Cosmic Kid

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06/05/2019 02:09 PM
I'm on the waiting list @ Candlewood Suites....makes it nice because the rooms have kitchenettes so you can have breakfast food you want, freeze / refrigerate your bottles, etc.

They said they have 47 people on the waiting list so far, so still availability.
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