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RCKWHITNEY's Photo RCKWHITNEY Posts: 470
8/25/08 10:51 A

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Julesgl -- you're right the start is electric! Rest stop 1 had strawberries, fresh pineapple, grapes, watermelon, cantelope, bananas, oranges. Rest stop 2 had home made cookies and pickle juice shots. I've never stopped at these rest stops; it was great.

This year we rode the 100k and went through the Air Force Base. There were 70-100 airmen standing in a line at the base giving us hi-fives.

It was a great ride! We're already planning for next year.

Duwah, sorry work kept you away from the ride. Maybe next year.

JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
8/25/08 10:00 A

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Duwah

Sorry work would not allow you to go:-( Hopefully next year. I may see if my calendar can swing a road trip from WI. next year.

Sounds like the event went well.

Jim

PS Duwah if you do win the lottery will you remember me and buy me the bike of my dreams;-) LOL

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8/24/08 6:16 P

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I was signed up to go, even had a hotel room, and then I was once again foiled by my job. I had a "crisis" at work this week and had to work this weekend. Ah, if only I could win the lottery...

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8/24/08 4:40 P

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Glad to hear that it was a great event. I have thought about doing it for a few years...maybe 2009 will be mine!

I haven't been on my road bike in a few months, but am signed up for the Tour de Pink outside of Houston the weekend after Labor Day. I am looking forward to an organized ride again.

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8/24/08 9:29 A

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Yes it really was! We were so lucky it only got to 96 about 3 p.m. It was humid, but for what Wichita Falls can dish out, this was a SPLENDID day to ride.

Wasn't it well run? Isn't that start line electric? I love the moment I hear the Star Spangled Banner played out on the speakers, then the fly over, then the cannon shot. Gives me goose bumps just to think about it!

It was so much fun. I wish I didn't have to wait another year to do it again!

Live like no one else, so later you can LIVE like no one else

"No man in the wrong can stand up to a man in the right who keeps on a-comin." - Texas Rangers

Dare to be a Linchpin - Seth Godin


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RCKWHITNEY's Photo RCKWHITNEY Posts: 470
8/23/08 11:07 P

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HHH was an awesome event today! I didn't see any falls today; someone was in an ambulance but it didn't appear serious. Still there were lots of flats and several people with cramps.
For me and my friends, the weather was perfect. It was a girl's weekend. We found great buys on cycling clothes, tires and all sorts of stuff. We rode and finished together.
Thanks to the Wichita Falls organizers and the City of Wichita Falls. We'll be back next year.



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RCKWHITNEY's Photo RCKWHITNEY Posts: 470
8/18/08 6:33 P

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What's the weather going to be like in WF this weekend? In Amarillo, it's been very rainy and in the 60s; more like fall, not mid-August.

RBMTREK55 Posts: 3
8/13/08 9:44 A

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I will be there.

As far as advice, Don't get caught up in the excitment at the start. Stay within your limits.
Don't spend alot of time at the rest stops. Get your stuff and go.That is mainly for before hells gate. Plus that puts you out there longer.
If you miss the gate the ride through there Air Force base is well worth it. You will wish you had a camera.
One other thing have fun.

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8/8/08 8:28 P

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I'll be there, and considering it was 107 degrees here last Sunday, it may seem like a break from the heat to go to Wichita Falls.
This will be my first time and I'm a bit nervous about it.

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JULESGL's Photo JULESGL Posts: 9,609
7/31/08 12:30 A

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You've got the plan ahead part exactly right! I rode the 100 mile route in 2005 and had a great time. My legs have the strength from running to do the ride, I just have to make sure I get enough saddle time in between now and then to make sure I am ready for that aspect.

Thanks for all the great advice. I'll see you there (or pretend to with all those riders....)

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RCKWHITNEY's Photo RCKWHITNEY Posts: 470
7/29/08 11:31 A

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Everyone keeps coming back to it; it's so unreal. Riders start lining up at 4am. The temperature can reach 90degrees by 7am. They start the ride with a jet flyover and the Star Spangled Banner.
In the last 2 years, I've been at the front and have been on my bike within a few feet. Several people have to walk their bikes blocks to get up to the front.
Jim, you'll have to plan your vacation around this ride and come to Texas. You have to reserve your hotel room a year in advance; at least that has been our experience.

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7/29/08 10:56 A

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In a sadistic and weird way this sounds like fun. It is too bad I do not live closer.

Jim

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7/28/08 10:27 A

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I'll be there and suffering with you. It's an event; you have to be there to believe it!
Last year the HH100 was nice; I rode the 100 miles. Temperatures were in the high 90s with a pleasant wind. The 2006 HHH lived up to its namesake with temperatures over 110; fortunately I missed Hell's Gate and did the 75 mile ride. The wind felt like a blast furnace!

With 11-12,000 other riders, the beginning of the ride is chaos. Keep a straight line, watch for water bottles (and fallen cyclists), go around people on the left and find a group of riders that you can ride with and trust.

The rest stops are fantastic. Make sure to keep hydrated. Get ice, eat bananas and a sip of pickle juice to keep your body temperature under control.

They have shorter lengths so do what you can. Even though we ride in 90-100 degree temperature, the humidity isn't high like Wichita Falls. I'm riding the Metric Century this year.

Going shopping at the event center on Friday night and Saturday is really fun. You can pick up some great buys.
Good Luck!

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7/28/08 2:04 A

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Excellent advice! Have a great ride!

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LDJONE2 Posts: 71
7/27/08 4:30 P

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Wichita Falls will probably be somewhere in between darn hot and REALLY hot in a month or so, so plan accordingly...

Here's a few things - in no particular order.

0) Train for the event - be sure to do some rides of at least 80% of the event length in the few weeks before. But ease off and get some rest/recovery the week before. The last couple of rides should just be "easy spins" to stay loose.
1) Hydrate abundantly - before, during, and after the event.
2) Replace salt - if you sweat a lot and just drink water - and don't keep enough salt in your system, you can suffer from a (potentially fatal) malady known as hyponatremia - your blood needs a minimum amount of salt to keep everything working right. There are quite a few examples of this problem and its effect on endurance athletes. Google it if you want to know more. None of the most commonly-used "sports drinks" contains enough salt to replace what you might use on a long ride. I typically use a mixture of Gatorade (or similar beverage) with water (2/3 to 1/3 ratio) with a couple of pinches of table salt mixed in each bottle. I also carry some of those little packets of french fry salt they give away at Mickey D's so I can add salt to replacement water or beverage

3) Eat... I eat an adequate but not humongous breakfast a couple hours before an event and an energy bar a few minutes before the start, then keep eating. I try to eat a small/medium banana every 20-25 miles (for the potassium as well as the calories) plus a couple of gels or other high sugar foods along the way. The trick is to eat enough quicky digested carbs to not "bonk" but to not eat anything that will upset your stomach or anything that will not digest and "lump up" in your stomach. Also - avoid eating anything unfamiliar or really spicy in the day or two before the event.

4) Recover. Drink something with protein and carbs right after the event (chocolate milk or equivalent...??), then eat a good normal meal within a few hours. Get a good night's sleep and take it easy for a couple of days - no hard riding or other hard exercise, just rest or easy exercise.

5) Stretch. Before and after the event - also if you get off the bike for a "necessary" break in the middle. Quad and Hamstring stretches are good as well as other stretches that will open up your pelvic area and lower back. And - - don't forget to keep your shoulders and arms loose. Stretching is even more important if you have to travel a long distance to get to or home from the event.

6) Pace yourself. Go out at a sustainable pace and keep to it. If you have a computer you can keep track of average speed. A guy I know who does a lot of century and metric century events told me that his practice is to expend 40-45% of his energy in the first half and to save 55-60% for the last half. I think this is a pretty good idea!! Especially in TX in August, where the temperature will be rising steadily from the start of the event to the finish...

There's a metric century charity event I do every hear that requires 4 circuits around a very hilly 16 mile course. There are always some time trialer types who go out fast and compete with each other in the first 1-2 laps. But that's as far as most of them are able to go. The rest of us go out easy and finish all 4. The way I look at it, it's about finishing, not how fast you can do a single lap or a single mile or whatever...

at any rate, good luck getting ready for and participating in this event.

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7/27/08 3:07 P

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Any other sparkers going to N. Texas in about a month?

Advice for someone riding a century?

Live like no one else, so later you can LIVE like no one else

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