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  1. I believe that we are uniquely prepared for our life’s work. The inverse is we get the work we are prepared for. Just yesterday I was helping a colleague new to bicycling understand why she needs to drop into low gear and spin. The conversation turned toward “the hills in life,” and I believe it is true that bicycling hills has uniquely prepared me for settling in and turning the pedals when the work gets steep.
    8 points
  2. I gotta say my hardest rides were races back in the day. Some of those crits were just on the rivet for an hour with a couple of prime sprints thrown in for fun. When I progressed to a point where I was placing and consistently top 10 (and one win!) I would finish so wasted I couldn’t stand up for several minutes. I remember sitting in the street just heaving trying not to throw up and seeing my quads throbbing. My hardest overall physical & mental efforts were not on a bike but during marathons and military training. Going all day long for miles & miles with 100 lbs of gear on y
    8 points
  3. Hardest... I've been riding a while so how to decide... The longest? That would be the Jersey Double. If anybody tells you New Jersey is flat, they're a liar. Worst crash? Then the century where I crashed at mile 93. Afterwards I couldn't swing one leg over the saddle, but could manage the other. Rode the last 7 miles, as I found out later, with a fractured pelvis and a fractured rib. Most nettlesome? Then the century where I flatted 5 times, including twice on the front wheel of all things. It seemed like I'd never get to the end of that ride. Loneliest? That's the lo
    8 points
  4. Mentally and physically, I remember one century I just didn't want to finish. All was going well until mile 95. My butt was on fire, I just wanted to give up. I didn't and felt good about finishing. I've done 10 or so centuries and have finished all that I've started. By far the hardest thing I've done on a bike was ride up Mt. Washington. I didn't prepare enough for it, weighed too much... I remember looking down at my power reading and saying, that can't be right, I can't ride that hard. 2 hours of that finished off with a few hundred yards at 20+%... ugh. Again, I felt great th
    7 points
  5. Every time you spout off about being willing to change everything, I suggest you reconsider and read that book. I've suggested it at least five times to you. You never pay attention to what I say, I should be your girlfriend.
    7 points
  6. Trans-Iowa. 336 miles, it took 33 hours. 30 mph winds, thunderstorms all night. Temps dropped to the 30s overnight and I did not bring pants. One guy I rode with dropped at 6:00 am(26 hours and 270 miles into the race). He crawled into a ditch and slept. We had to leave him behind. An hour later the other guy I was riding with said go on without me. He didn't finish. I opened a can of coffee that I had been carrying all night and it exploded it my face. When I finally made the last turn and had a tailwind for the last 15 miles I knew I could finish before the time cut-off. Arrowhead 135.
    7 points
  7. The last couple of days on the Great Adventure were hard..the heat was a biggie, sleep was lousy and then the shoulder issue...my shoulder was so inflamed..I couldnt wear my camelbak over my right side..I got cranky and misserable...but I would do it again.
    6 points
  8. Photo update, today, 1/16/2021. Wiping out at a high rate of speed on an unbanked 90 degree turn 9/10/2020 as couldn't brake hard enough and tires lost traction. After 4 months, the fractured clavicle healed but the hematoma remains. While initially ballooned out to size to size of grapefruit in the final couple of miles during the post accident ride home, appears to have maxed out this week as not get getting the stretching twinges - otherwise not painful. Hopefully will begin absorbing down over the next few months. Only thing I can think of is with the left being the road rash and fx c
    6 points
  9. I repeat the story of my childhood cycling adventure. Sure it was only 10 miles total, but this was for two people who never really cycled. Luckily ice cream treats were involved. And yes, the picture is still hanging in my bedroom.
    6 points
  10. Tomorrow, I am going to socialize with someone who had covid 4 months ago. Then on Sunday night and all of Monday, I will have RO to rough up, and we are gonna tear the town apart! I think we will make a cake, too. Or cookies again, they turned out pretty damn good!
    6 points
  11. What a difference a week makes. Priest gave last rites today.
    5 points
  12. I don’t think free masons exist. If you want a mason to work for you you will have to pay him.
    5 points
  13. The last day of touring in Holland we lost the route markers, went the wrong way, got lost, ran out of water and food. It extended our saddle time and my butt was starting to hurt. We ended up in the Amsterdam red light district after sunset, which is creepy because men have full license to leer and they’re not discrete about it. But, at least we knew our way back to the hotel from there. We bought water and Red Bull at a liquor store and limped into the hotel. The day before I had wiped out on some gravel, but mr. didn’t know because he was ahead of me. I got back up and riding, but lost
    5 points
  14. Having only taken up cycling for exercise in my 60's as part of multiple form of exercise, my longest ride is only 25 miles on a mountain bike on Baltimore and Annapolis Bike Trail from a park south of BWI Airport to the U.S. Naval Academy and back. After I'm back in my house, I'm probably going to get a hybrid bike and take some longer rides and and when the pandemic's over do one of those 50 mile events.
    5 points
  15. I think Mt Washington is the single most difficult event I ever done. I worked hard preparing for it; trained in ways I’d never trained before, thought I’d lowered my gearing enough and was psyched mentally to do it. And it still kicked my butt. The last hundred yards or so: And the mountain from the bottom: I’ve done other rides that have taxed me in different ways. I did a solo ride in PA back in 95 that I wasn’t prepared for. I didn’t have enough to eat, I’d not switched out my flat lander cog and I bonked badly. I’d ride/walk until I came across a gas station,
    5 points
  16. Ride the Rockies is one of the best organized rides in the U.S. The support is excellent. It is not actually as hard as it might look if you are checking out the daily elevation profiles. Most of the climbs in Colorado that have been part of this tour over the years, while they might be long, are not as steep as many of the shorter climbs in the eastern U.S. The RAGBRAI often has as much elevation gain as Ride the Rockies, but the difference is that on RAGBRAI, you go up for 10 or 20 minutes, and then down for 90 seconds, so most of your time is spent climbing. On Ride the Rockies, you ma
    5 points
  17. I did a century in the middle of a week long tour. They had predicted temps over 100° so we started 5:30 ish. Running our lights. The rest stops were not set up when we got to them. They did have some fruit and water and Gatorade. I don’t think they really expected people to ride 100 miles in that heat. It was an out and back and they had a rest stop at 15 miles. Nobody there when we went by. A lunch stop at 25 miles we got fruit and water there. Our turn around was at a winery 50 miles out. It was now over 100° They sent an Ambulance with bottles of ice water that pulled up along side us whil
    5 points
  18. The older I get, the more I feel like I am a stranger in this world. I think that is one reason I like riding a bike. When I am on my bike, I am twelve years old again and the world is a beautiful and loving place.
    5 points
  19. There is a ton of levers and buttons on it. It’s a really old British made thing. I did some grading, scooping, and used it to deliver a railroad lumber tie to this spot where we are putting in a mechanical gate. Kinda fun to work with. Once my husband has his garage together he wants to work on it and make it nicer. It runs well.
    4 points
  20. lives in Bend. He has a you tube channel & filmed going up a climb by my old house. I have only done this a few times. Mostly because there I can't "warm up" because it's so close. I also never went as fast as Chris does. Also he is standing most of it. I'm sitting & creeping. It is really pretty at the top as you can see 7 mountain peaks. One of the road races goes up the road. A MUP crosses here & I saw a cyclist go from the MUP into the teeth of a few riders. I heard a lot of bad words then.
    4 points
  21. But not until February 19th. At least it is scheduled.
    4 points
  22. We played pranks in the Navy. I once spent all night slowly drilling a hole in my chief petty officers coffee cup and filling it back up with water soluble stuff. Half way through morning muster the cup started peeing on the front of his khakis. No one ever ratted on me but the next day I found my tool box welded shut. He was a pretty cool E7 who had stayed with us after being promoted from E6 (very rare to stay in the same place)
    4 points
  23. I have lots of regrets. But I am not going to add one more to the list by discussing them with you people.
    4 points
  24. I think we all change as we age, some more than others. I've changed enough, and lived long enough to be able to look back and see several distinctly different personalities, some I remember fondly, others I regret ever having known, let alone being.
    4 points
  25. Not any real regrets. I'm very happy where I'm at now and somewhat astounded that I made it this far. If I could go back and change something, I might be in a totally wrong place now. Obviously I watch too much Doctor Who and other time travel shows.
    4 points
  26. I remember his pics of his dinner table.
    4 points
  27. Which one of these things is snot like the others?
    4 points
  28. Intelligence, confidence, personality, butt
    4 points
  29. You needed gears like this, it's the only way I was making it up.
    4 points
  30. Going to the grocery store, pulling the trailer, about five miles away. My back was "out" and I could barely walk. Sweated bullets the whole way but didn't puke.
    4 points
  31. Longest was a solo ride I did in Ohio. Rode from home, Liberty Twp, to Loveland and took the Little Miami trail north to Xenia. Some other trail west to Dayton and picked up the Great Miami trail south. When I reached Middletown, it was getting dark and I didn’t want to ride on the roads without lights so I called Wo7 for SAG. My computer said 108 miles so I rode around the block until she arrived. 110 miles. Hardest was the Garrett County Gran Fondo in MD/WV near Deep Creek Lake. They had 25, 44, 62, and 100 mile options. I signed up for the 62. After climbing for miles with a 39x27 low ge
    4 points
  32. When I was just a little tadpole, we'd go up to the Catskills in the summer. We were city kids who didn't spend a lot of time outdoors, although we'd hang out in the neighborhood park a bunch. But when the summer came, we'd go up to the mountains and finally have a chance to ride bikes, and hike up the road to go play in the sttreams. It made me feel very free and adventurous. One summer I got ambitious and decided i wanted to ride my bike to the next town over. We didn't have a car with us in the country, so you were stuck in your little town until my Dad drove up on the weekends. Going
    4 points
  33. I was hoping Akirasho would show up here but he left LF before this started. He was careful not to open up on the forum and show much of himself but I was getting to know him. He would pack his camera on his rides and he took some great pictures. I think he was our only black rider.
    4 points
  34. Similar to LJ. Organized century from Grand Island to Lincoln. Temps were forecast over 100. They released us at 6:15. The first half was relatively flat and mostly comfortable. At York, I took a little longer snack break. Drank down my water and refilled them before starting the 2nd half. The heat started to set in but it was still pretty flat and the asphalt was newer than it had been so riding was good. Made friends with an Ironman triathlete before she got into aero position and really got after it! She pulled away. By Seward, it was really hot. I drank both bottles empty before refi
    4 points
  35. June 2009 the Granite Pass between Shell Wy and Burgess Junction on WY Route 14. Literally had to push my fully loaded bike and Bob trailer most of the way up over the 9033 foot pass. Got to the top and my tire was flat. Had to inflate and coast down to Sheridan WY the next day to fix.
    4 points
  36. I miss the WI posse. Or the WI beer mafia. Madcity was generous beyond belief. Mittens was hilarious and really nice in person. And Soy drank PBR and fell off his roof like a good Wisco boy.
    4 points
  37. The Katy trail..only because having the shingles..All of April and the itch remained for most of a year...and the ride was in June... Yeah it was hard.
    4 points
  38. TOSRV West (230 miles in 2 days), Ride the Rockies (2002, 2010, 2011, 2016), Bicycle Tour of Colorado (2010, immediately following Ride the Rockies)
    4 points
  39. It was to be about 50 miles, I got lost, ran out of water, and became dehydrated. I got oriented, found a store and hit the Gatorade, hard. Was feeling better and it was pretty much all down hill to home. Cruising along on fairly level ground, about 10 miles to home, feeling pretty good when my leg began to cramp. I stretched it out and walked a bit, continued on, cramped again, stretched and tried again. Gave up and called for rescue. My daughter hauled me home, where I showered, ate oranges and drank Gatorade. Had leg cramps that had me screaming for a couple hours.
    4 points
  40. 4 points
  41. I don't ride centuries and usually I don't ride much road. The toughest ride was only about 50 miles from a bit east of Mashpee Commons on Cape Cod down to Woods Hole then north to North Falmouth and back to Mashpee on 151 then back to where we were staying. It was a dangerous ride with stretches on rt 28 where there is no shoulder and lots of tourist traffic at speed. Back on 151 isn't as bad but is still high speed traffic. The trip was longer because whenever possible I'd duck off the main roads and go well out of my way to stay on some back neighborhood roads. I think that was the las
    4 points
  42. Wo46 and I were riding a century and the last 20 miles we had a 15 to 20 mph head wind
    4 points
  43. At the local Tesla dealer, when SW was shopping for his new car...
    4 points
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