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  1. #1
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    1st 82 Mile Ride! Need Tips!

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    Hello everyone! I am new to this site and am wondering if you ladies could give me any tips that would help me this weekend. I am doing an 82 mile ride for the first time. I have only done a couple of 40 to 60 milers in the last couple of weeks but my husband insists we can do it. So I got us registered and we go this sunday. If anyone can give me any tips I would so appreciate it. Thank you in advance for taking the time.

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    Take your time, take breaks, drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry, and have fun!
    For 3 days, I get to part of a thousand other journeys.

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    Definitely what Pedal Wench said.

    And try to keep your breaks short, it's kind of hard to get going again after a really long rest break.

    Have a great time, and let us know how it goes!

    2009 Lynskey R230 Houseblend - Brooks Team Pro
    2007 Rivendell Bleriot - Rivet Pearl

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    Thank you both for your tips. I will definitely let you know how I do. It's all flat road so I think I will be ok. I am just worried seeing I have never gone this far and can just picture everyone finishing and there I am behind by an hour!.When I do ride distance rides with my husband we keep about a 15 mph pace so I am hoping I can keep it up for that long.

    I feel more comfortable now. Thank you again for your advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeniwoodley View Post
    When I do ride distance rides with my husband we keep about a 15 mph pace so I am hoping I can keep it up for that long.
    Just don't start out too fast. It's really easy to get caught up in the excitement at the start and head out too fast. It might seem like an OK pace at first, but you do want to keep your energy in reserve for the long(er) haul.

    So try to pace yourself. It might be good to head out a bit slower than your usual pace at first. If you find you have have lots of energy left for the last, say, five miles or so, you could crank it up some then.

    And don't worry if people pass you, especially at the start of the ride. (You never know, some of them might be heading out too fast for themselves, and you might eventually catch up to them as they fade out. Just sayin'. )

    2009 Lynskey R230 Houseblend - Brooks Team Pro
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    +1 to what everyone else has said. Also, since you're riding with your husband, try taking turns drafting off of each other and get into a rhythm where you switch off every once in a while, say every 5 miles or so. Have fun, and let us know how it goes!

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    I'm sure you'll do great! And like other folks have posted, don't worry if other people pass you. I did a big ride last weekend and I'm sure at least 500 riders passed me on a four mile long hill. I decided to focus on the 20 or so people that I passed . Just relax and remember that the goal is to have fun.

    Total thread hijack here...Malaholic, your dogs are beautiful! I think you have my friends' malamutes' twins! She has a girl with the black and white markings and a boy with the lighter markings. The only difference is her light boy has the mask markings and her girl doesn't.

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    Total thread hijack here...Malaholic, your dogs are beautiful!
    Why thank you! The problem is, they *know* just how cute they are, and they use that to their advantage to get out of trouble for the loads of mischief they get into. They'll smile, and make their eyes as big & round as they can go...who could be mad at those faces?

  9. #9
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    I Did It!!!!!

    I can't believe I actually did it. We rode from Humble to Beaumont in the Tour Du Rouge and it was AWESOME!!! 82 MILES never seemed so long. It took 6 hrs and 15 minutes to complete.The last 20 minutes were grueling on the legs. We got rained on a couple of times and the wind was really bad in spots, but I can now say I accomplished something I never thought I would. I feel like I can do anything now if I put my mind to it.

    Thank you for all for all your tips, I used every last one on this ride. I can't wait to do it again.

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    That's great to hear, congrats!

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    That's wonderful!!!!

    And in the future, don't worry about being the last one in. Someone has to be - do it with style!
    For 3 days, I get to part of a thousand other journeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Wench View Post
    Someone has to be - do it with style!

    pops head up...

    Heh, been there, done that!

    - jobob, official DFL on her last 200K ride, on a San Francisco Randonneurs' brevet this past fall.

    2009 Lynskey R230 Houseblend - Brooks Team Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post
    pops head up...

    Heh, been there, done that!

    - jobob, official DFL on her last 200K ride, on a San Francisco Randonneurs' brevet this past fall.
    I believe we share that honor. And only because you and Mel were kind enough to hang around and wait for me.

    Veronica
    Discipline is remembering what you want.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post
    pops head up...

    Heh, been there, done that!

    - jobob, official DFL on her last 200K ride, on a San Francisco Randonneurs' brevet this past fall.
    Take a number!

    - Pedal Wench, official DFL on her last 300K ride. Pretty close to DFL on the metric 62-mile option 3State this weekend, but blended into finishers of the 100-mile option, so no one could tell.
    For 3 days, I get to part of a thousand other journeys.

 

 

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