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post #11 of 21 Old 05-21-2014, 10:06 PM
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I would start out slower than you think, as much for training as anything else. You can always pick up the pace.

Good Luck!!

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post #12 of 21 Old 05-21-2014, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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I'm cool with slow. I just don't want to disrupt anyone's ride with having to hold Kitty back the first 15 miles, so hopefully whoever takes me on won't get annoyed with me and my angry head-tossing horse.
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post #13 of 21 Old 05-25-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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We did it! I our total time was around seven hours, and we came in 11th place.

It was so. Dang. HOT. Only 13 out of 23 starters completed due to heat stress. We had to ride very carefully. I found a lovely riding partner to guide me through my first loop, but she had to pull at the first hold. I was on my own most of the ride. Kitty did awesome. She pulsed down lime a champ. Even if we weren't "fast", we rode our ride. Everyone was suprised that s someone who had never done AERC would jump right into the 50s, but many ended up saying Kitty looked like the most "fit to continue" 50 miler at that ride. I'm proud I took care of her.
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post #14 of 21 Old 05-26-2014, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Totally necessary picture of Kitty and I going out for our last loop :P

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post #15 of 21 Old 05-26-2014, 09:01 PM
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Awesome job! What an achievement!
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post #16 of 21 Old 05-27-2014, 09:03 AM
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Congrats on riding a smart ride!

It surprises me that people would think you were "jumping right into 50s" after having done CTRs.. up here there is a lot of crossover. Obviously your ride shows you weren't just jumping into anything and were more than prepared!


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post #17 of 21 Old 05-27-2014, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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The ride manager saw I was signed up for the 50 and wasn't an AERC member. So she was all, "Um, you sure?" So word spread around camp about the fresh meat coming in.

I've done a lot of two day 50 mile CTRs. I figured it would be like doing a two day CTR in one day. (It was!)

I hope to get the opportunity to compete again sometime. It was a lot of fun.
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post #18 of 21 Old 05-28-2014, 05:33 PM
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The training speeds you're doing put you near the front runners. My strategy would be to run the second day of ride.
Go to awards ceremony the night before. I've found that many people ride both days, so pick out say #5-#10 from first day and approach them. See who's doing a second day. Plug in behind them.

The first ten miles are usually hang on and pray. After that you have to follow your same training strategy and pace.

Good luck! If you attend the Big South Fork ride in September - you are welcome to ride with my group.
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post #19 of 21 Old 05-28-2014, 05:42 PM
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Are you going to be at any Tennessee rides?
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post #20 of 21 Old 05-28-2014, 06:13 PM
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gorgeous!! I dont do endurance but shes gorgeous!
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