How Wet Can You Get?

September 24th, 2007

On September 22 I rode my sixth double century – the Knoxville Fall Classic staff ride. A rain storm had been forecasted for Saturday and Thom had been keeping his eye on the radar for much of the week. He thought we wouldn’t get much rain. He was wrong.

There were about 34 riders total, with the bulk of us leaving at 4:30 AM. A faster group left later at 5AM. As we rolled out we saw a huge bolt of lightening off in the distance. It was far enough away that we couldn’t hear the thunder. It was definitely a portent for the day. (more…)

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It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!

June 5th, 2007

On June 2 I rode the Eastern Sierra Double Century. This ride features some of the most amazing scenery and the worst roads I have ever ridden on. Out of the five double centuries I have completed, it was the hardest for me. This ride starts at 4,000 feet and climbs up to 8,100 feet. Most people notice the thin air above 8,000 feet. The area is also extremely dry. I thought where we live was dry – 30 – 40% humidity is our norm. But in the Eastern Sierras the norm is 10 – 20%. The low humidity and the elevation really made this ride difficult for me. (more…)

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Central Coast Double Century – 2007

May 15th, 2007

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The Central Coast Double is a great ride, very well supported and with gorgeous scenery. I, however, went into this ride nervous about whether or not I could complete it. At the beginning of January I wasn’t sure I even wanted to do any doubles this year. But as the weather warmed up and the rains ceased, I began to feel the urge to do something insane again. Yet I did not feel like I had trained with enough hills and distance this year. Most of my rides have been one or the other, not both. I did not even start seriously training until March. I knew I had a good fitness base, but still…The Triple Crown website gives this ride an Extremely Hard rating. At 209.7 miles, it is the longest single day of riding I have ever attempted. I counted twenty- two climbs in the very compressed elevation profile on the ride’s website. I’m pretty certain that many of the rollers were not included in that profile. (more…)

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Mental Management or Triple Delight

August 10th, 2006

To complete a double century, you have to be a little mental. Eventually things will begin to hurt, maybe you won’t want to eat and you have to figure out how to manage that. You have to decide what is pain you can deal with and what pain is worth DNFing for. It’s a thin line. (more…)

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Davis Double Drivel

May 30th, 2006

Well, I finished! (more…)

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