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I did my first event - Monster Cookie Report

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:44 am
by stephcycles
I wanted to do this ride for over a month but my longest ride so far was around 40 miles. Obviously, the weather here has not been the most cooperative. I had hoped to be above 40 by this point in April. So, the night before, I decided I would give it a try. I was a bit concerned, however, because I ran 9 miles with the Portland Training Clinic on Saturday. I decided that the ride would be great for stretching my legs out, using different muscles and certainly I would be able to add another 20 miles to my longest ride, even if I rode 5mph to get it done. It was all about finishing!

This was my first bike event. I have done many organized runs over the years. Organized runs have a start line and a finish line. So, about 8 miles into this ride, I realized I would not see an official start line and that I was clearly already participating in the event. I must have looked quite funny looking around the first 8 miles for a start line.

I learned a lot from this ride. I learned that I can ride a bike 62 or so miles (my odometer showed 64 and I'm taking it!) I learned that I need to eat more. While I need to lose some weight, I found that by only eating a 1/2 a banana and a gu that around mile 50 I was feeling weak. I find that food does not at all appeal to me while riding. Before Cycle Oregon, I have to get fuel figured out.

I learned that there are some seriously fast riders. There are also mean riders and very nice riders. Just like anywhere else, you come across all types.

I loved that unlike a training ride, there is a rest stop that breaks the ride up. That seemed to make it easier for me. I finished each 15 increment miles in an hour or less so I knew every hour I would be able to stop for the bathroom, drink and chill for a minute. The first 30 miles went by really fast. The next 15 were so so. While many consider this a flat ride, I was very aware of the hills. The hills leaving from the 30 mile rest stop were hard for me. The hill at mile 50 or 57 was especially hard for me. It's clear the time has come for me to start hill training.

The ending was a mixed bag. Again, it was different from running events. Riders were putting their bikes in the cars and heading off. I envisioned I would be picking up my monster cookie at a big party. I was so ready to get my shoes off and sit in my car that it was okay. I took my cookie and headed to my car.

On my way home, I was very pleased that I did this ride. It is amazing to be riding down rural roads, seeing other riders in the distance, it is peaceful but at the same time you can hear gear shifting and spinning. It is just an amazing experience.

I am interested in feedback about my pace. Am I seriously slow if I reach rest stops every 15 miles in one hour or less? I was passed like crazy. I heard "on your left" so many times. I was moving better than I have in my training rides so I was a bit confused. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Also, anyone else do this ride?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:58 am
by aktiv
Welcome to organized riding!

Although I don't know the MC course, any organized ride is an excellent part of training for Cycle Oregon, as it's one thing to go on a long training ride, but it's another to be a part of an organized ride.

I want to point out that your experience in organized runs, although not the same as riding, will help you more than you think. Keep up the training; make sure that you ride two or three days in a row once or twice, and eat well.

Enjoy September!

Keith.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:25 am
by trekie
The weather was great for the monster cookie dry but cool. Not always the case but they still give out some of the better T-shirts for local rides.
Stephcycles I have 6 previous cycle oregons under my belt and know what ot expect. But i have to say those little non-hills on the flat course still got my legs. I started at 8.30 and finished at 12.30 about the same you (15 mile per hour avg including breaks) which is a
respectable speed. I have to admit I was a shameless wheel sucker when ever the opportunity presented it's self (jumping on the back end of a paceline as it passes you, on your left on your left on your left on your left on your left well you get the idea) and hanging as long as i could. Practice your wheel sucking skills.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:12 pm
by stephcycles
Thanks for the responses! Trekie, you made me feel better about the hills that others say are flat :)

Are you able to take a picture of the shirt you got? I did not get one before the event. When I picked up my monster cookie they were out of shirts but said I could order one. I want to see what it looks like first. I think I should probably get a shirt to reflect my first biking event. I hate that I forgot to stop and take pictures. Actually, I didn't forget, I was so intimidated that I did not want to stand out anymore than I thought I probably already did.

I also plan to learn to suck more wind. I suppose that comes from riding faster often ?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:43 am
by Brian C
Don't worry about how fast or slow you go. Ride at your own pace and just enjoy the experience.

Eating is essential in long rides, centuries, etc... You must keep your fuel levels topped off, so find something that works for you and eat, as well as keeping your fluid levels topped off as well on hot days/long rides.

As far as climbing just learn to climb at your own pace. Again, don't worry about the lighweight riders who can climb like mountain goats. You do need to find hills though and train on them. Just set a tempo on them and try and stick with it.

The fact that you did a 60-miler is a win for you. Keep up the good work.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:11 pm
by Force 5 Robert
I did this ride and it was great!! Nice and fast and a great opener for the riding season.

I did lean though that I need to get the legs back to snuff.
:)

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:52 pm
by grin4joy
Congratulations Steph! Thanks for the great report - you shared a lot of good experiences. Your pace sounds great to me! Have you checked out any of the rides led by Strada? There is one coming up on May 10th. They will give you feedback on riding form, skills, etc. I think I'll find it very helpful.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:26 am
by rekon
Well done Steph, I knew that you could do it. Fueling and hydrating is very important, so definitely figure that out for yourself.

By the way, Summit to Surf has that post ride "party" that you are looking/hoping for, as do a couple of other organized rides.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:13 pm
by stephcycles
Thanks, everyone!

Rekon, just think, it was not that long ago you were referring for bike fitting!!! woooohooooo