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. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

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    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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  2. 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
     
  3. 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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  4. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Steve's no quitter
     
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  5. 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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    I think not doing their rides on British roads in British weather conditions was the winning tactic! :okay:
     
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  8. 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.
     
  9. 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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  10. swansonj

    swansonj Guru

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

    tallliman Über Member

    We mustn't forget that Steve's currently doing a concurrent month record attempt.
     
  12. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Indeed. And no one can take away the sheer amount of accumulated miles he has done over the past three years.
     
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  13. swansonj

    swansonj Guru

    I've lost track, if there was a two-year or a three-year record, did any of the other players either recently or in the 1930s do big miles for more than one year/hundred thousand, or would Steve walk it?
     
  14. Aravis

    Aravis Feeding Rough

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    I was going to mention the possible 73000 miles/200 mpd target, but I see from his comments on Strava that Steve's on the case already. I make it that he needs to average 148½ as of this morning, which almost sounds like a gentle warm-down.

    Has Steve has had more than his share of bad luck? I don't know - clearly you can't go through a year without some unfavourable things happening. But in the end, a single moment has ruined his chance. It wasn't to be, but Steve has proved beyond any conceivable doubt that he had what it takes.
     
  15. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

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    Is the month challenge still do'able - or has that slipped away too?
     
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