I get dropped by old dudes wearing hi-vis vests and campy dayglo bodysuits

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I called in my cancellation for tomorrow. I don't really want to spend 12 hours in the rain and 6+ in a headwind.

"Folks want options!"

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 00:17
yummygooey

I did the SIR 300k on Saturday, which started in Conway and did a loop around Whidbey Island. The ride was "spikey", with 11k+ ft of PNW rollers. The first half of Whidbey island (heading south along the west coast) had some brutal headwind, but by the time we swung around the bottom and started heading north on the east side it seemed like the wind died off. Neat. On the plus side, we didn't hit real rain until the last 3-4 miles.

We came in just under 15 hours total time. We took plenty of snack breaks (at least 4). During one of our breaks the wind blew my bike over and it landed on my helmet, cracking the helmet (cool!) and bending the RD hanger, which I eventually field straightened with a 5mm wrench. I had some stomach discomfort the entire ride (too much pizza the night before?), and while my knees did ok for such a punchy ride I spent the whole time worrying about whether they were going to explode or not.

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:36
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I saw the profile posted on MTs FB, you SIRbros are tough riders.

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Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:43
yummygooey

MT doesn't stop! We kept yoyo-ing with him... he'd pass us when we stopped for snacks and we'd eventually catch him a few k's down the road.

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:34
yummygooey

Rode another SIR 300k yesterday. This was mostly a reverse route of one of the routes we did last year, and it had a lot less climbing than last week (~6k ft instead of ~11k ft). Weather was good, headwinds both ways though. I rode with Squirrel and picked up some people here and there. We came in around 13:50, which I was pretty happy with... Last year I did the ride (reverse route) in 14:04.

Crossing the Tacoma Narrows by yummygooey, on Flickr

Morning Light by yummygooey, on Flickr

Return to Squirrelmuda Triangle by yummygooey, on Flickr

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 13:58
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Awesome

I rode ORR's 3 capes yesterday. I was able to hang on to the fast guys for longer than I had before and made 160km in less than 6 hours. Unfortunately the following ~140km was a headwind from the NE. I rode alone from about 80-260km. A rider who was ~30 min behind me at halfway caught me with 40km to go. I was set up for a 12-12:30 at midway but the headwind took everything out of me. Fortunately this rando from Boise, who I've ridden with before, shared the last 45km of headwinds. To top it off we were coal rolled less than a km from the finish. 13:38, tied my time from a couple years ago.

And then I set my bike up against a concrete column, weight in the bag shifted and I smacked the TT - luckily no dent but there's now a 4" scrape.

Started out a great day, weather was mostly cooperative (headwind excepting) but ended up kind of mediocre.

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Sun, 04/16/2017 - 14:21
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #6307)

NOVELTYNAME wrote:
I called in my cancellation for tomorrow. I don't really want to spend 12 hours in the rain and 6+ in a headwind.

And the 7.5 hrs I spent in the headwind was kharmic

"Folks want options!"

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 14:23
yummygooey

We had a coal rolling incident too, as well as some dude honking and making angry swerving maneuvers at us in his Geo Tracker about 5 miles from the end. smiley

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:34
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #6309)

yummygooey wrote:
We had a coal rolling incident too, as well as some dude honking and making angry swerving maneuvers at us in his Geo Tracker about 5 miles from the end. smiley

Also worth mentioning:
A burning car pulled into our midpoint gas station control and shut it down for many of the riders in the first pack. It was reopened by the time we got there but it makes me wonder how weird it would be to see an exploding gas station in the distance.

This control is within the Squirrelmuda Triangle of disaster.

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:04
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(Reply to #6310)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
yummygooey wrote:
We had a coal rolling incident too, as well as some dude honking and making angry swerving maneuvers at us in his Geo Tracker about 5 miles from the end. smiley

Also worth mentioning:
A burning car pulled into our midpoint gas station control and shut it down for many of the riders in the first pack. It was reopened by the time we got there but it makes me wonder how weird it would be to see an exploding gas station in the distance.

This control is within the Squirrelmuda Triangle of disaster.

WTF? Who pulls up at a gas station with a burning car? "This bomb is ticking, I better walk over to the explosives depot with it."

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:15
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"The on-duty attendant should be able to handle this problem!"

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Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:21
NOVELTYNAME
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Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
This control is within the Squirrelmuda Triangle of disaster.

pls asplain

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Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:31
Andrew_Squirrel
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Area near roadside ditch pond I dove headfirst into during last 300K

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:55
yummygooey

See water on left side of road in pic 3 above, aforementioned ditch is there. Control is at the end of the road a couple hundred feet up.

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:18
Endpoint
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Didn't do nearly as awesome a ride, but we did our first 200 of the season here. Hot and windy with a particularly obnoxious head wind the first 3 hours.

Only 6 of us cause easter and just not that cool...

State Forest roads were awesome as always.

Got two "flats". In quotes because both sealed so fast I was only alerted to the first by a quick spritz of sealant on my leg and the 2nd was almost as easily overlooked.

Bonked super hard at just over 100 miles and limped in solo fighting occasional cramps. Probably didn't eat enough but was more likely done in by the early pace, heat, and a relative lack of fitness.

Solid type 2 fun was had though.

Pretty jelly of PNW rando adventures but this will have to do.

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:02
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(Reply to #6316)

Endpoint wrote:
Didn't do nearly as awesome a ride, but we did our first 200 of the season here. Hot and windy with a particularly obnoxious head wind the first 3 hours.

Only 6 of us cause easter and just not that cool...

State Forest roads were awesome as always.

Got two "flats". In quotes because both sealed so fast I was only alerted to the first by a quick spritz of sealant on my leg and the 2nd was almost as easily overlooked.

Bonked super hard at just over 100 miles and limped in solo fighting occasional cramps. Probably didn't eat enough but was more likely done in by the early pace, heat, and a relative lack of fitness.

Solid type 2 fun was had though.

Pretty jelly of PNW rando adventures but this will have to do.

I wanted to do this thing, but had my kid until late morning, so couldn't. I did ride in the early afternoon, and yeah, gross weather all day. I'd forgotten how horrible a post-ride coffee makes me feel when I'm all hot and dehyrated.

Having said that, when is the next one?

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:24
Endpoint
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May 14.

Hopefully enough people come that I can opt to ride "party pace". Yesterday was more "death march" than I would have preferred.

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:47
iwillbe

ugh, nope, can't make that either. Do you have a calendar for the series up somewhere? I didn't see it on the Outpost site (nice redesign, btw).

I'm definitely interested in doing longer rides with other people around here, just have a tricky weekent schedule these days.

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 23:44
NOVELTYNAME
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Why don't you guys ride on Saturdays?

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Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:40
DumbJim
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I think I'm going to try a 100k permanent soon, before it gets too hot. There's a few north of town that I know are fun areas to ride, and I can do them by myself without ever needing to interact with another person.

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Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:59
Endpoint
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(Reply to #6321)

NOVELTYNAME wrote:
Why don't you guys ride on Saturdays?

Retail lyfe

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 20:17
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But then you're garbage on Monday? I mean unless you recover ride that morning and even then? If. I dunno dude, you're the boss

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Wed, 04/19/2017 - 00:31
liquify
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Yeah, but then it is monday in retail, so probably fine.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:20
Endpoint
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Drove to work cause needed to pick up frame from powder... drank coffee... placed orders, procrastinated on doing paperwork, fixed some bikes. Business as usual.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 22:11
kmcdon
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Snow in the forecast for the 200k I signed up for. What the hell man. :(

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:41
shane.rrr
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kmcdon wrote:
Snow in the forecast for the 200k I signed up for. What the hell man. :(

Where do you live that it's still cold enough for snow? That sounds not so fun

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:33
kmcdon
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Colorado. It's actually not bad unless it snows on the day you have a ride planned. If it does snow it'll be melted by Friday.

It's been 75 and sunny all week.

edit: not friday, what the hell.... Sunday.

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:14
shane.rrr
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Oh yeah that makes sense then. Heres to hoping it stays sunny for you

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:27
kmcdon
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200k is officially cancelled and turned into a semi-permanent, so at least I still get a chance to get my patch

I need it.

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:04
Patch
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What’s a semi permanent?

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:30
kmcdon
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They said they're going to let people do the route on their own if they still want the patch, but the offer isn't going to be on the table forever.

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:34
schultzor
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that is a pretty sweet patch

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:39
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minirando

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Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:55
shane.rrr
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I want that patch...too bad I live way far away

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:22
Endpoint
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Just about finished mapping next month's 200k after driving out to verify if some dirt roads actually connected and what their level of sketchiness they are from a trespassing standpoint.

Everything checks out... it's not mountains around Seattle but it'll do. Crosses 4 rivers a total of 7 times, some dirt and lots of empty back roads I have never ridden before. I am excite.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 21:56
imoscardotcom
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what's the normal pace for your randos, braden?

I'd love to think I could hang, but...probably not.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:41
Endpoint
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Depends... the small group ones have been pretty difficult. Moving times have been 6:50-7:30 range with :45-1:00 of dicking around. The one we did with a "party pace" eventually came apart towards the end I rolled 7:50 moving time with a LONG break at the half way point.

This next one I'm shooting for 7:45/8:30 moving/elapsed providing my group can keep the store stops under control.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:29
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did my first brevet today. took the train down to NJ after work last night, got to a motel, everything in jersey suburbs closes at 10 so I had taco bell and sun chips for dinner. MASSIVE thunderstorm woke me up at 5, it was so muggy and humid all day. buuuut no mechanicals, no flats, only got a little too salt-deprived and also the worst sunburn I've ever had on my forearms. 200k in 8:46, i'm spent and might try to wrangle another 200 or 300k sometime later this summer

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 21:30
NOVELTYNAME
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Hy dude
Sub 9 is a great start!

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Sat, 04/29/2017 - 23:08
Patch
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So… I guess I’m going for Super Randonneur this year. Could never really be bothered to do it, but it’s happening.

Was feeling good and clocked a 7:02 200km before Easter, did a lot of pulling. Not being pedantic about *sub* times, but benchmarks and goals make this more fun.

Over Easter I thrashed my body with four days and 845km of freezing rain in Germany, so coming out of that I hadn’t been feeling so hot.

Last Saturday I spent the entire 400km sucking wheels, and managed to pull in at 14:09. After 150km in I was feeling pretty warm, I had gone with the windblock jersey which I’m beginning to realize just isn’t versatile enough. When it’s spot-on weather it’s a thing of beauty, but above 65 or so… it’s just too hot. Should probably just get a brevet gilet/jersey. Feet began to swell up shortly thereafter, I only had velcro straps and oversocks on, so I had to wait until km 215 to do anything about that. At the checkpoint I was able to take the oversocks off, remove my merino mesh baselayer, wash the pollen off my face and reset. My group gladly took it easier than they might have — nearly half an hour stopped here (albeit when it came down to it I was ready to go before them). Two popsicles brought down my body temperature and would count as my lunch — the homemade egg sandwiches were eaten while riding. And by the 300 mark those sandwiches were making themselves known, I think. I had a weird feeling in my throat, and I figure I had probably eaten a little too much during the ride and my system was overworked.

Looking ahead to next weekend’s 600km: feeling in great form again and will try to eat right and do yoga all week. Probably going to need to swap my saddle, going to try some extra arch support insoles, and swap to warmer shoes with a buckle, maybe save the oversocks for nighttime. Aiming for Sub24 but we’ll see how it goes.

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 17:39
NOVELTYNAME
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Damn patch
Proud of u
14 hour 400 is awesome
With that and a team you will surely get sub 24 600
If not, no big deal.
Ride safe, have fun

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Sat, 05/13/2017 - 18:56

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