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  1. #1
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    ALC 5 almost here

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    Day one is almost here. I have the elevations here of most of the days. Are you ready gals? Day one will be a little shorter, Santa Cruz this year (must have been the sprinklers.)
    Last edited by Trek420; 09-10-2008 at 03:15 PM.
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    where'd I put the file for day 2?

    Lost the file it but but it's a little longer day, relatively flat but watch the headwinds. Enjoy the cookie lady and artichokes.

    Here's day 3 though with quadbuster.
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    Day 4.

    Day 4, by now you should just be feeling stronger each day. Good thing because today's the day of the Evil Twins. Lunch is at the little town of Bradley, skip the Cliff bars and bring some money the kids put on a BBQ for us each year.
    Last edited by Trek420; 09-10-2008 at 03:15 PM.
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    Day 5.

    I think this is the shortest day, and red dress day and talent show.
    Last edited by Trek420; 09-10-2008 at 03:15 PM.
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    Day 6

    This has been my favorite day, endless moderate climb and then...the ocean again. Paradise Pitstop and camp is by the ocean. You should end the day by riding along the ocean and then right through camp. I also don't have the elevations for day 7, there's a lot of rollers, no big climbs just a lot of up and down.

    Day 7 the Pacific Coast Highway is busy and dangerous, heads up TE gals. Enjoy your ride, we'll be following you online.
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
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    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
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  6. #6
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    ...and I'm sweating bullets!

    I'm feeling really nervous about down hills. I'm feeling like up hill is just work...down hill is scaring me.
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    you're going to do fine!

    Ride your own ride, go at your own pace, and keep this thread taped to the handlebars

    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showt...ght=descending

    Hope to see you on Day 0, and although you might not have cell access during the ride for the sole reason that recharging can be a problem (charge your phone up, leave it off unless you're using it, and if you have a spare battery...) but if any of you gals care to PM me for my number or call in to someone here and I'll post the news to TE.

    Are you going to do a ride out together?
    Last edited by Trek420; 05-11-2006 at 12:05 PM.
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    Thank you Trek!

    and thanks for posting the thread that *I* started

    just gotta remember to take my own time!
    Living a life that matters doesnít happen by accident.
    Itís not a matter of circumstance but of choices.
    Choose to live a life that matters.-

    In remembrance of Amber Stumbaugh, DVM

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    I don't like down hill at all

    I don't like down hill. I often count backwards to myself when going down hill, somehow this gives me a level of control. I am counting the days.

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    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by ACG
    I don't like down hill. I often count backwards to myself when going down hill, somehow this gives me a level of control. I am counting the days.
    I need to remember, that I'm not the only one who dreads these downhills! I do get mired in my own nerves, and it really helps to remember that I'm not the only one!
    Living a life that matters doesnít happen by accident.
    Itís not a matter of circumstance but of choices.
    Choose to live a life that matters.-

    In remembrance of Amber Stumbaugh, DVM

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    Those nasty downhills!

    If you can muster up the courage, going down hills with your hands in the drops will be much easier on your body. Take a moment to stretch your back (push your belly button down!). Be relaxed- this will make you more responsive to the bike and vice versa as you go down the hill. Don't worry about how fast you are going, just be with your bike. It will guide you. Look for curves and look at the road ahead. Don't even look at your speedometer! Make each downhill a practice for the next one to come.

    Also, when cycling, practice keeping your face still (no grimacing!). You want to stay as relaxed as you can. I know this is difficult to do, BUT, with practice you can. Any kind of tensing up costs you valuable energy. To this day, I still have to remind myself to practice this technique.

    Red Dress day may be short, BUT there are hills! Just take your time and enjoy the countryside!

    What time do you all leave on the 4th?

    (Trek's tentmate here from ALC 4)
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    Stretching

    Now Ladies- DON'T FORGET.....STRETCH WHEN YOU STOP.

    Stretch your quads and stretch your hamstrings. Lay on your back (a nice place on the grass would be the best OR at the medical tent on a cot) and stretch out your back. I trust you know these 3 stretches. If you don't we'll tell you how to do it.

    STRETCHING WILL MAKE YOUR RIDE MUCH MORE PLEASURABLE!
    Nancy

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    Smile and sing on downhills....

    I think it is Velogirl who said that tends to quell the screaming voices in your head.

    And what BG sez about stetching.

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    Singing!

    I did an 8 week MTB skills class with Blair Lombardi (She's coached people like Marla Streb), and she advised singing during technical parts of a ride. Somehow singing occupies one part of your brain that you don't want interfering with your balance/reactions/etc.

    I try to get a good song going during a technical downhill. Right now, it's that Love Generation song (Bob Sinclair). When it's "Lola" I know things are not going well for me.

    Just have fun out there, you guys. It will be a great ride!!!
    Last edited by maillotpois; 05-11-2006 at 03:33 PM.
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    singing's good for climbing too, I fell in with a group of gals last year and we sang "aint no mountain high enough" to the top of Quadbuster.

    We were slow but if you can climb that and sing, guess we were doing ok.

    on downhills, I just try to find my safe line, look where I wanna go (if you focus on the pothole you'll go to the pothole) and I have found that weighting the outside leg eg: if you're turning right your left leg is down makes me feel more stable.

    Also on tight turns point the way I want to go with that inside upper knee. Don't brake during the turn, go into the turn at your speed but accelerate out of the turn.

    and have fun, I want to hear what rest stop 4 is doing each day. You can tell us after if you want.
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    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
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