Long distance - how old is too old?

Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by r04DiE, 20 Mar 2017.

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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    Hello all,

    I took on the silly ride over Christmas but it didn't work out. Learned loads of stuff though and will take that forwards. If you have a spare weekend, you can read about it here!

    Thanks ;)
     
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    I also really enjoyed that read @r04DiE
    I think packing too much is a mistake we have all made and as you realised a messenger bag was a bad idea. For long distance always let the bike take your gear. If it's too much for the bike then it's to much to take.

    In regards to food stops I think it's always best to stick to your plan. If a place looks grubby, no matter. Go in and have a look. Some times appearances can be deceptive. It may save you faffing about looking for alternatives.

    Well done on your effort though. Top work fella.
     
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  3. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Thanks for sharing your blog @r04DiE
     
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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    OK, mate - sorry to hear that but you must do what's best. Glad you are enjoying the blog.
     
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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    Thank you @ianrauk! Yes, I mean I had already learned this so I don't know why I ended up overpacking, I blame the courier bag! I will take your advice on food stops, need to be a bit more organised in advance and a bit more resolute!

    I am really pleased that you enjoyed the blog entry, thank you for taking the time to read it.
     
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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    You are very welcome - many thanks for taking the time to read it - I do go on a bit!!
     
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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    OK, for those of you that have not subscribed to the blog, the next entry is out now. This is the write up for London-Wales-London, or what used to be known as The Severn Across. It was a bit disastrous but that might make for interesting reading. Its long, so bring a packed lunch.
     
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  8. SpuddyJones

    SpuddyJones Active Member

    Hi r04die,

    I've just finished reading your blog start to finished and I must say, it's a fantastic read. I love your brutal honesty in your writing.

    As for your goal of commuter to ultra distance racer - I am sure you will crack it. I have similar aspirations although I am yet to even crack a 100miler so I am a little further behind in "training" than you.

    Hope to meet you on the road at some point.

    Matt
     
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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    Ah, Matt - thank you so much for your very kind review!

    Really is impossible for me to try to explain what that means to me. I put a lot of work into the blog and a positive review like yours really does give me a warm glow inside and the urge to keep it going. I haven't got any long rides planned at the moment as I am still recovering from injury that has been recurring, but really flared up after the latest ride. I'll be back though, I am sure of that - just keeping things short at the moment, commuting is all.

    Do please feel free to add any comments you wish to the blog entries themselves, they'll be very gratefully received!

    I love your confidence in me, it would be great if I can live up to your expectations and bag TCR one year. I do try to keep the blog honest as there are lots of blogs on long and ultradistance cycling, but most never mention things going wrong, injury, that sort of thing. I am very much just a normal human being, not some kind of super-cyclist and I like that to come across in the blog.

    Good luck with your riding and I have every confidence that you will bag your 100 miler, do let everybody here know when you do that.

    All the best,
    Nick.
     
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  10. SpuddyJones

    SpuddyJones Active Member

    Thanks, will do. I've requested to follow you on Strava btw.

    Also, would love to know more about the kit you have been using to date - bike, GPS, bags/storage etc. I am currently after a bike with more of an endurance geometry than my Ribble R872, so any real world feedback would be appreciated.
     
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    r04DiE

    r04DiE 300km a week through London on a road bike.

    Hello Matt,

    Just responded to your request, good to connect with you. Funnily enough, I have been planning to write up a kit list for some time, so I will be doing that soon for you, with a bit of a write up on each piece of kit that I use - I hope that will be helpful for you. I will probably include any bike fits I have had done (planning one soon), and what you can expect from those.

    Thanks,
    Nick.
     
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  12. SpuddyJones

    SpuddyJones Active Member

    Sorry to hijack Nick, but just wanted to say I cracked my 100 miler earlier this week. I wasn’t fast, but an average of 15.1mph and I felt good afterwords. I certainly think 200km is doable.

    How’s your training going? Any long distance rides planned?
     
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  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Atop a Ti
    Well done yourself that man.
    You say you wasnt fast...well I beg to differ. Thats a great average for a 100 miler.
     
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  14. I don't know how many touring miles they are doing but I refer you to this thread :okay:
     
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