235 miles a day for a year (Amanda Coker Challenge)

Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by Mugshot, 27 Feb 2017.

  1. Steve's stats as at 11 Feb 18
    Days: 345, 94.5% of year, 20 days remaining
    Dist: 112,731 km / 70,048 mi / 2.81 times circumference of earth
    Total elevation: 446,456 m / 1,464,749 ft / 50.5 Everests
    Avg daily dist: 326.8 km / 203.0 mi (Last 7 days: 271.8 km / 168.9 mi per day)
    Avg daily elevation (Strava): 1,294 m / 4,246 ft (Last 7 days: 1294 m / 4244 ft per day)
    Moving speed (Strava): 25.3 km/h / 15.7 mi/h (Last 7 days: 21.7 km/h / 13.5 mi/h)
    Hours per day riding (Strava): 15.2 (Last 7 days: 15.2)
    Projected total at overall daily rate: 119,267 km / 74,109 mi (326.8 km / 203.0 miles per day)
    Projected total at 7 day rate : 118,167 km / 73,425 mi (323.7 km / 201.2 miles per day)

    Required rates for various records
    René Menzies (1937) 61,561 miles. Completed Dec 26.
    Ossie Nicholson (1937) 62,657 miles. Completed Jan 02.
    Steve Abraham (2015) 63,609 miles. Completed Jan 07.
    Bernard Bennett (1939) 65,127 miles. Completed Jan 16.
    250.8 miles/day required for Tommy Godwin (1939) 75,065 miles.
    301.4 miles/day required for Kurt Searvogel (2015) 76,076 miles.
    826.3 miles/day required for Amanda Coker (2016) 86,573 miles.

    Last 7 days
    2018-02-04 06:59 166.4 miles Morning Ride
    2018-02-06 00:31 35.8 miles Night Ride
    2018-02-06 07:55 173.5 miles Morning Ride
    2018-02-07 08:34 122.3 miles Morning Ride
    2018-02-07 20:33 44.6 miles Chilled out. Cold enough to freeze water with electrolyte tabs!
    2018-02-08 00:04 53.7 miles Night Ride
    2018-02-08 09:41 178.0 miles Morning Ride
    2018-02-09 07:01 208.2 miles Morning Ride
    2018-02-10 11:23 129.7 miles That's probably put an end to my getting Tommy Godwins year record. More in description....
    2018-02-11 00:02 51.1 miles Falling asleep riding into a headwind. Couldn't stay awake for more than 5 miles, so kept stopping to sleep. Lucky to find a bank foyer that was open so I didn't have to sleep in near freezing temperatures every time.
    2018-02-05 08:20 185.3 miles Morning Ride

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  2. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    I 'liked' @Dogtrousers posts for the stats and information, but I don't 'like' it for the message. I worry that Steve will do himself some real harm in chasing Goodwin.
  3. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Legendary Member

    Its unattainable now, he'd be better of quitting.
  4. tallliman

    tallliman Über Member

    It just shows how crazy the record attempt is. One incident in the year is enough to derail you entirely.
  5. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    For the record I agree with you, but If we have learnt anything over the past 2 years, it is that there is no way he will quit.
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  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    Why on earth would you quit with just 20 days left? May as well finish it, and bring the three years to a close.
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  7. Took the words out of my mouth.

    All up to Steve of course, but bailing out with 20 days to go would seem to me to be a terrible thing to do
  8. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Its up to him, but I suspect he's not a quitter. Psychologically, carrying on to the end feels like the better option.
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  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Barmy in Barming
    Steve's no quitter
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  10. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Legendary Member

    I agree entirely but it does seem an exercise in futility. Its a lesson in British grit, maybe one day there will be an 'Eddie the Eagle' style film about him.
  11. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    I wonder if Steve's tactic of trying to turn night into day has done him any favours.

    Riding overnight or starting in the small hours might work on London Edinburgh London, but is probably not sustainable on a year-long endeavour.

    I don't recall Kurt riding at odd times, and Amanda was positively metronomic - 20mph for 12 hours, give or take, for months on end.

    There is no 'right' way, but the pair of them spanked Steve's ass so their tactics must be worth looking at.
  12. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    I think not doing their rides on British roads in British weather conditions was the winning tactic! :okay:
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  13. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Not riding in such a state of exhaustion that you don't know which end of the bike is pointing forwards may have had more impact.

    Kurt had his share of aggro from motor traffic, and Amanda fell off several times, although there was nothing to subsequently run her over.

    More risk of being bitten by a snake or an alligator.

    I believe the pair of them also had a significant amount of bad weather.
  14. For reference Steve has been riding at 2am on 76* of the 345 days. I thought it would be less, and I was going to condescendingly refute your suggestion. "Pah!" I was going to say. But it is quite a lot.

    As to what tactics would be better ... none of us is in a position to say, really.

    * Warning. This number may be wrong. In fact it almost certainly is wrong, but probably not very wrong.
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  15. swansonj

    swansonj Guru

    That, sir, should be compulsory text to add to almost every scientific paper ever published. I salute you.
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