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    Yesterday three other guys and myself set out to do a 100. About 20 miles into it we are going up a slight hill and the guy in front of me goes to shift down and his chain slips, he slows down a little and I ran into his back wheel. Down I go and the two guys behind me. I landed on my left side hard and my head bounced once. One of the guys behind me skinned his knee up a little and the other guy made it through okay. It felt like when the air get knocked out of you but after about ten minutes I thought I could nurse it back home. After about five minutes of that we stopped and I one of the guys called his wife because he could tell I was hurting. Came home and the wife dragged me up to the hospital. One broken rib, some swelling around the tissue of my new knee and some lost skin on my hip. It's hurt today but I'm glad it wasn't worse. Yesterday was one of those rare calm days up here and it upset me it happened on such a beautiful day to ride.

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    Ugh, glad you're okay (well, sort of okay) but man, I hate reports like this. This is what bothers me about pacelines and drafting close. There's essentially no room for error. I hope this doesn't affect the knee rehab or the LOTOJA plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    I hope this doesn't affect the knee rehab or the LOTOJA plans.
    I felt like I was finally getting back up to strength and was getting ready to start working on endurance so it's a little discouraging but I've still got time. Thanks

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    Tough luck on that one, RCV. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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    What a bummer, sorry to hear about that. What's the time frame for healing a rib and getting back on the bike? 2 weeks? 6 weeks?

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    RC I hope you recover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    What a bummer, sorry to hear about that. What's the time frame for healing a rib and getting back on the bike? 2 weeks? 6 weeks?
    The best I can find online is 3 to 6 weeks for a full recovery. I'm hoping to be able to just spin easy by next weekend and gradually build from there and be fully better in three.

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    Yikes! Fast recovery, bro.
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    Went on my longest ride to date Saturday. The Garmin cut out at 77 miles, but it seems like I hit right around 82-83 if my estimates are right. Including a couple of decent hill climbs. The group I'm riding with doesn't really do fast, so I'll need to keep working up speed and strength during other rides. But it's fun to hit new milestones.

    About 40 miles in I had a MUCH more mild experience similar to the one RC described. We were going through a part of town, I took a drink and was putting my bottle back when someone stepped into the road in front of the guy I was following. He stopped, I didn't have a hand on the brake and went into his rear wheel a little. Luckily we were traveling at relatively slow speeds at that point, but I went down - skinned a knee and popped my helmet on the road on the side. We ended up finishing the ride - but for someone who hasn't ridden enough to have a "real" accident yet it was kind of scary. Caused me to tighten up on the descents that came after - I'm a bit of a chicken.

    RC - sorry to hear about your setback. Here's to a quick recovery!

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    We had a really fun ride this morning, covering one of our usual rides (Palomares) in record time for us (let those who scoff at our humble average remember we're a couple of sexagenarians). Training for the recent century paid off. We didn't max out in our effort at all, but it helped that we were only going 30 miles which seemed blessedly short. Brethren, once again I exhort you to have your wives pay heed to the benefits of cycling, esp. once the kids are gone or at least self-sufficient at home. Cranking along with the missus and alternating pulls while we chat it up is a great way to start the weekend.

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    My wife and I managed to get in a flat ride of around 31 miles, but at a relatively leisurely rate. I'm always in front pulling, though, because she's so much smaller that I get no draft from her.

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    I went for a quick ride with a buddy this morning. Total was about 32 miles. He wasn't feeling so hot, so we went pretty easy for the most part, talking through most of the ride.

    When I got home I had a friend that was moving so I grabbed the kids and we rode around town to and from the old and new houses on our bikes. It was warm, but with the light breeze it was really pretty nice. that was about 6 more miles, for a total of 38 easy miles. A couple of dunks in the pool and it was a very good day.
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    105 mile ride today down to Shelley and back home, it wasn't fast but I've got to get some miles in my legs and today was a good start. Physically I'm feeling about where I was before the crash but I'm still nervous about riding with other riders. I wonder how a flak jacket would look under my cycling jersey.

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    Wow, RC, that's amazing, especially just 3 weeks after breaking a rib. Glad you're coming along so quickly.

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    Mrs. PAC and her cycling buddies do the same route once a week (and other routes during the week as well). They have wanted to hit 17.0 as an average, but the closest they've come is 16.9. With her buddies on vacation this week, she asked if we could do the same route and work together to break the 17 barrier. She promised me all manner of post-ride delights if we succeeded.

    It's funny how motivating certain promises can be. Anyway, we had a great ride, and she did a fair amount of the work as we averaged 17.8.

    But as I engaged in some self-adulation at the end of the ride, I thought of RCV who's not that much younger than I, and who rode nearly 100 miles yesterday averaging 18.3, and this while recovering from broken ribs and replacement body part surgery. So I'm not so smug after all. Still, I'm satisfied, and feel like I've paid my dues for ingesting the equivalent of several animals this weekend. And now the weekend's going to get even better, having kept my end of the bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Mrs. PAC and her cycling buddies do the same route once a week (and other routes during the week as well). They have wanted to hit 17.0 as an average, but the closest they've come is 16.9. With her buddies on vacation this week, she asked if we could do the same route and work together to break the 17 barrier. She promised me all manner of post-ride delights if we succeeded.

    It's funny how motivating certain promises can be. Anyway, we had a great ride, and she did a fair amount of the work as we averaged 17.8.

    But as I engaged in some self-adulation at the end of the ride, I thought of RCV who's not that much younger than I, and who rode nearly 100 miles yesterday averaging 18.3, and this while recovering from broken ribs and replacement body part surgery. So I'm not so smug after all. Still, I'm satisfied, and feel like I've paid my dues for ingesting the equivalent of several animals this weekend. And now the weekend's going to get even better, having kept my end of the bargain.
    PAC that's a nice ride. 45.3 miles and 1311 ft of climbing, it takes a big effort to keep that kind of average. A fast downhill never makes up for what you lose during the uphill and combine the stop signs and other crap that slows you down 17.8 is a great average. If women only really understood how easy it is for them to motive us guys with some delights, food or sex take your pick, they really could get whatever they wanted from us. Once again nice ride.

    I did my favorite local 100 around here, it's rolling farmland that skirts the edges of the Tetons and Island Park. I caught a little tail wind on the way home so that helped.
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    Did my first century this past weekend, which also ended up being my first solo century. Went from awesome to rough pretty quick.

    I didn't do too much climbing, mostly some rollers here and there or a very low grade and long climbs along the route. Finished the first 50 in about 2:45, which didn't seem too bad and had me optimistic for the rest. Unfortunately, the ride back ended up primarily directly into a headwind kicking around 15-20 mph. And by mile 60 I was starting to feel the bonk coming.

    I think the beginning of the end was the fact that I got a later start than I wanted, so I rushed and had a small breakfast. Had a little food with me on the road, but probably not what I should've had. And that wind really was brutal - would've been a good time to have someone to take some turns pulling with.

    All that aside - I'm feeling pretty good about hitting the triple digit number mark for miles, and it was definitely a lesson learned for future long rides as far as not skimping on nutrition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie View Post
    Did my first century this past weekend, which also ended up being my first solo century. Went from awesome to rough pretty quick.

    I didn't do too much climbing, mostly some rollers here and there or a very low grade and long climbs along the route. Finished the first 50 in about 2:45, which didn't seem too bad and had me optimistic for the rest. Unfortunately, the ride back ended up primarily directly into a headwind kicking around 15-20 mph. And by mile 60 I was starting to feel the bonk coming.

    I think the beginning of the end was the fact that I got a later start than I wanted, so I rushed and had a small breakfast. Had a little food with me on the road, but probably not what I should've had. And that wind really was brutal - would've been a good time to have someone to take some turns pulling with.

    All that aside - I'm feeling pretty good about hitting the triple digit number mark for miles, and it was definitely a lesson learned for future long rides as far as not skimping on nutrition.
    Impressive. I think if I had fifty to go into a headwind of 20 mph I might let the air out of one of my tires, call my wife and tell her I flatted and lacked a spare tube, and wait for a ride home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Impressive. I think if I had fifty to go into a headwind of 20 mph I might let the air out of one of my tires, call my wife and tell her I flatted and lacked a spare tube, and wait for a ride home.
    I came much closer to quitting than I want to admit, but I had too much pride and had told too many people that I was going to ride 100 miles. I didn't want to have to tell them I didn't make it. I will admit to having called the wind a bunch of bad words (mostly to myself in my head), and that second 50 miles took me about an hour longer than the first 50.

    I have a hard time imagining I would've finished even another 5 miles. By the time I hit home I was DONE.

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    I have really been slacking this summer. Ran a 5k on the 4th (we will not discuss times) and on the fifth did a 35 miler, 900 feet of climbing and averaged 16.4 mph. The ride was really hot. I was parched by time I was done. It took me over an hour to cool down afterwards. You would think by now I would know better.
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    Congrats Eddie! Centuries suck!

    I got out for the first time since my tri back in May. Did 24 miles with a bunch of guys that are training for lotoja. We were averaging around 20 mph, which was killing me as I'm totally out of riding shape. They dropped me around mile 11 so I turned around and came back home. They finished up with around 35 miles.
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    Through facebook or strava I came in contact with a Larry Peterson who grew up in Rexburg but now lives in Centerville. I believe I've shared this before but Larry is 70 years old and did a 9:32 at Lotoja last year. He was in town yesterday and we met for the first time and went for a ride. We went about 44 miles and it took everything I had to hold his wheel. He was out front about 90% of the time and never looked like he was suffering. All of this was after he had done 50 miles in the morning with a lot of climbing. It taught me I should never use age as an excuse, I'm sure I will but I shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    Through facebook or strava I came in contact with a Larry Peterson who grew up in Rexburg but now lives in Centerville. I believe I've shared this before but Larry is 70 years old and did a 9:32 at Lotoja last year. He was in town yesterday and we met for the first time and went for a ride. We went about 44 miles and it took everything I had to hold his wheel. He was out front about 90% of the time and never looked like he was suffering. All of this was after he had done 50 miles in the morning with a lot of climbing. It taught me I should never use age as an excuse, I'm sure I will but I shouldn't.
    Why use age as an excuse when genetics makes for a much stronger case? Guy sounds like a machine. Reminds me of the guy I met on my trans-continental bike trip that was 3/4 of the way completed with riding the perimeter of the country. He was 77.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    Why use age as an excuse when genetics makes for a much stronger case? Guy sounds like a machine. Reminds me of the guy I met on my trans-continental bike trip that was 3/4 of the way completed with riding the perimeter of the country. He was 77.
    He told me his son did a 9:06 Lotoja so good genetics, I'm sure, makes a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    ...It taught me I should never use age as an excuse...
    Screw that.

    Very impressive, though.

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    I'm in my later 30s and I already use age as an excuse
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-ute View Post
    ...... my trans-continental bike trip.....
    Whatever happened to your post-ride blog that you were doing for this? I really enjoyed that. Last I remember you were hitting up the church in Wyoming or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Whatever happened to your post-ride blog that you were doing for this? I really enjoyed that. Last I remember you were hitting up the church in Wyoming or something like that.
    Ha. I just got finished telling Creekster that the rest of it is locked in a Yahoo account that I can't remember the password for. When I had them send me a new password, it got sent to another Yahoo account that I don't remember the password to. I'm sure customer service would be able to assist me but I haven't been bored enough to want to sit on hold yet. I really should get everyone out of Wyoming. I'd hate for Sooner to make some horrible accusations about my true intentions.

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    Road up a mountain today. My first attempt was 2 days ago at Butterfield Canyon and it didn't go well I guess I should have realized that a 12% grade would be tough. Today I chose an easier climb (Emigration Canyon) and had a great ride and a great time. I didn't know the route at all and neither did the guy I rode with so I had a bit left in the tank when I got to the top as I saved it just in case things got really tough.

    I'm now hooked on climbing which is a bad thing for someone living in Houston. Oh, and the descent was an absolute blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Road up a mountain today. My first attempt was 2 days ago at Butterfield Canyon and it didn't go well I guess I should have realized that a 12% grade would be tough. Today I chose an easier climb (Emigration Canyon) and had a great ride and a great time. I didn't know the route at all and neither did the guy I rode with so I had a bit left in the tank when I got to the top as I saved it just in case things got really tough.

    I'm now hooked on climbing which is a bad thing for someone living in Houston. Oh, and the descent was an absolute blast.
    Nice! I always say you earn the downhill by climbing the uphill.

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