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Taco John
02-02-2012, 11:00 AM
I'm officially registered for the STP. I can't believe that I'm going to do this, but here I am signed up and officially starting my training season.

For anyone who doesn't know, the STP is a 200 mile rid from Seattle to Portland. It takes two days to complete as you ride across the state and basically punish yourself for all the wrong you've done in the world (lol).

In any case, I'm signed up. I'm a little nervous about the thought at this point, but excited about it too. I'm looking forward to this, and everything that I put into it between now and then. :)

TheReverend
02-02-2012, 11:13 AM
My girlfriend used to do stuff like this.

Quoydogs
02-02-2012, 11:20 AM
I'm officially registered for the STP. I can't believe that I'm going to do this, but here I am signed up and officially starting my training season.

For anyone who doesn't know, the STP is a 200 mile rid from Seattle to Portland. It takes two days to complete as you ride across the state and basically punish yourself for all the wrong you've done in the world (lol).

In any case, I'm signed up. I'm a little nervous about the thought at this point, but excited about it too. I'm looking forward to this, and everything that I put into it between now and then. :)

Nope but if you get hold of me I'll have a nice cold Micro waiting for ya when you Finnish.

Kaylore
02-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Taco's prostate

http://images.inmagine.com/400nwm/iris/masterfile-289/ptg00990317.jpg

Rohirrim
02-02-2012, 11:24 AM
Ride what, bicycles? Donkeys? Skateboards? Your neighbor's old lady? Dog sled?

gyldenlove
02-02-2012, 11:53 AM
I'm officially registered for the STP. I can't believe that I'm going to do this, but here I am signed up and officially starting my training season.

For anyone who doesn't know, the STP is a 200 mile rid from Seattle to Portland. It takes two days to complete as you ride across the state and basically punish yourself for all the wrong you've done in the world (lol).

In any case, I'm signed up. I'm a little nervous about the thought at this point, but excited about it too. I'm looking forward to this, and everything that I put into it between now and then. :)

How hilly is that ride? 100 miles a day is not too bad in flat country, but if you have some significant hills you will be begging for mercy when they wake you up on the 2nd day.

bronco militia
02-02-2012, 12:02 PM
Taco's prostate

http://images.inmagine.com/400nwm/iris/masterfile-289/ptg00990317.jpg

:~ohyah!:

http://bicycleseatsonline.net/web/images/left_seat_intro_b.jpg

http://bicycleseatsonline.net/web/

BroncsCheer
02-02-2012, 12:25 PM
A coworker of mine is doing the STP this July. He and his hammerhead bro in law are going to do it all on the first day. I've been training with him since Xmas so I'm getting some good mileage in. If he were going to do 2 days I'd consider it. Maybe next year.

Good luck to you TJ. Post some progress reports and keep spinning!

Taco John
02-02-2012, 12:52 PM
Man those guys who do it in one day are absolutely nuts. I rode my first century ride last August and it was murder on me. I'm still wondering how I'm going to ride 100 miles, and then wake up and ride another 100 miles. I'm going to have to train like I've never trained before. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not kidding myself about it.

Kaylore
02-02-2012, 12:56 PM
Man those guys who do it in one day are absolutely nuts. I rode my first century ride last August and it was murder on me. I'm still wondering how I'm going to ride 100 miles, and then wake up and ride another 100 miles. I'm going to have to train like I've never trained before. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not kidding myself about it.

At least you're taking it seriously. I bet you'll do fine.

Taco John
02-02-2012, 01:06 PM
I remember the worst part of riding that 100 mile ride was right at about mile 4 when I looked at my odometer and said to myself "four miles down, ninety six more to go!" I almost fell off my bike laughing at that concept...

SouthStndJunkie
02-02-2012, 01:18 PM
I've had a chick ride me in Seattle....but never in Portland.

Taco John
02-02-2012, 02:48 PM
I've had a chick ride me in Seattle....but never in Portland.

In Portland you could have had hairy legs too, instead of just hairy armpits... Your loss...

Chris
02-02-2012, 02:54 PM
I used these on a 120 mile ride from NYC to Montauk last summer and they worked wonders. Just bring tons though as I ran out quickly.

http://www.paragonsports.com/images/medium/678-ironman20oz_lemon-lime_pd.jpg

Other than that, not much advice for you (carbs and calories?). Sounds like fun.

24champ
02-02-2012, 03:10 PM
Man those guys who do it in one day are absolutely nuts. I rode my first century ride last August and it was murder on me. I'm still wondering how I'm going to ride 100 miles, and then wake up and ride another 100 miles. I'm going to have to train like I've never trained before. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not kidding myself about it.

http://gifsoup.com/view2/1333548/you-can-do-it-o.gif


I'm running the LA Marathon in a little over a month from now, been training a lot for that lately. First marathon I've ever ran and I'm always told its normal to be nervous for these challenges.

Taco John
02-02-2012, 04:04 PM
Here we go...

http://i.imgur.com/2ApqL.jpg

elsid13
02-02-2012, 04:07 PM
Here we go...

http://i.imgur.com/2ApqL.jpg

Does Hotrod know that he chauffeuring you to Portland?

Pony Boy
02-02-2012, 04:10 PM
My ass hurts when I ride my Harley 200 miles ........

oubronco
02-02-2012, 04:12 PM
My ass hurts when I ride my Harley 200 miles ........

Get a mustang seat you'll love it

Chris
02-02-2012, 04:13 PM
Here we go...

http://i.imgur.com/2ApqL.jpg

Too much for spider.

Chris
02-02-2012, 04:14 PM
My ass hurts when I ride my Harley 200 miles ........

Then stop visiting so many rest stops hot dammat.

Pony Boy
02-02-2012, 04:20 PM
Get a mustang seat you'll love it

You are right, I had a mustang seat on my last Harley but I have a Road King Screamin Eagle with a beautiful seat and I hate to take it off but it's time to go with a mustang.

Chris
02-02-2012, 04:23 PM
I've had a chick ride me in Seattle....but never in Portland.

Meg Ryan?

Goobzilla
02-02-2012, 05:36 PM
I have a friend that rides in it every year. There's weirdos that do it on unicycles and Big Wheels!

gyldenlove
02-02-2012, 05:37 PM
I used these on a 120 mile ride from NYC to Montauk last summer and they worked wonders. Just bring tons though as I ran out quickly.

http://www.paragonsports.com/images/medium/678-ironman20oz_lemon-lime_pd.jpg

Other than that, not much advice for you (carbs and calories?). Sounds like fun.

Yeah, get those jel-packs marathon runners use, they make a world of difference.

http://s7ondemand1.scene7.com/is/image/roadrunnersports/PFD201-LAT?wid=442&hei=432&fmt=jpeg&qlt=75,0&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=1.1,1.0,5,0&iccEmbed=0

Chris
02-02-2012, 06:09 PM
It's pretty amazing on a ride like that how you can feel the ebbs and flows of energy depending on how much sugar you've just consumed. You burn through the equivalent of a full gatorade in a half hour... at least that's how it felt.

Mogulseeker
02-02-2012, 06:14 PM
Taco's prostate

http://images.inmagine.com/400nwm/iris/masterfile-289/ptg00990317.jpg

That's what these things are for:

http://www.spongywonder.com/Content/images/large_carpenter.jpg

Mogulseeker
02-02-2012, 06:16 PM
Yeah, get those jel-packs marathon runners use, they make a world of difference.

http://s7ondemand1.scene7.com/is/image/roadrunnersports/PFD201-LAT?wid=442&hei=432&fmt=jpeg&qlt=75,0&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=1.1,1.0,5,0&iccEmbed=0

I recommend GU. Got me through the Maine Marathon.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6f/GU_vanilla_energy_gel.jpg

BroncsCheer
02-09-2012, 12:47 PM
Man those guys who do it in one day are absolutely nuts. I rode my first century ride last August and it was murder on me. I'm still wondering how I'm going to ride 100 miles, and then wake up and ride another 100 miles. I'm going to have to train like I've never trained before. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm not kidding myself about it.

You should have a couple centuries lined up this spring as training runs. ....

I think looking for a 17-18 mph average will be more appropriate for a 2 day excursion. I've never done 200 in less than 2 weeks :) but the centuries I've ridden usually take around 4:45 and 5:15 for 19-21 mph average. Working together with a like-minded group is critical, and not catching a windy bitch of a day is a big plus.

best wishes -

mkporter
02-09-2012, 01:52 PM
Finish STP and then you are ready for the Triple Bypass:

http://www.teamevergreen.org/route

My dad's an avid cyclist and has done the triple a couple of times. He says it is pretty tough, but he's 62 years old, so you should have no problem. :~ohyah!:

Chris
02-09-2012, 02:29 PM
Finish STP and then you are ready for the Triple Bypass:

http://www.teamevergreen.org/route

My dad's an avid cyclist and has done the triple a couple of times. He says it is pretty tough, but he's 62 years old, so you should have no problem. :~ohyah!:

Wow. I've found a new life goal. Loveland pass + ending up in Avon where I spent part of my childhood. Nottingham Park FTW!

Taco John
02-09-2012, 02:39 PM
The elevation profile on that triple bypass looks like a doozy! I can't decide which is the worst - the first climb or the second climb. Both look like monters.

I think that I'm going to do the Tour De Blast this year, which is a climb up Mt. St. Helens area. I can't say that the elevation profile is any more welcoming:

http://www.tourdeblast.com/images/Tour%20De%20Blast%20Elevation%20-%20Distance.jpg


Gotta say, though - the downhill looks like blast!

Rohirrim
02-09-2012, 02:40 PM
I recommend GU. Got me through the Maine Marathon.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6f/GU_vanilla_energy_gel.jpg

What do you do with those, tape them to your prostate?

Taco John
02-09-2012, 02:41 PM
I think I'm going to look into that Triple Bypass for next year...

Taco John
02-09-2012, 02:49 PM
You should have a couple centuries lined up this spring as training runs. ....

I think looking for a 17-18 mph average will be more appropriate for a 2 day excursion. I've never done 200 in less than 2 weeks :) but the centuries I've ridden usually take around 4:45 and 5:15 for 19-21 mph average. Working together with a like-minded group is critical, and not catching a windy b**** of a day is a big plus.

best wishes -

The literature says I should be able to comfortably do it in 8 hours at a 14-16mph pace. That's about what I ride. They sent me a training schedule which I start on next week which starts me out riding 40 miles a week, quickly climbs to 100 miles per week, peaks at 180 in a week, and then delivers me to the 200 mile ride.

consistent1
02-09-2012, 06:04 PM
The literature says I should be able to comfortably do it in 8 hours at a 14-16mph pace. That's about what I ride. They sent me a training schedule which I start on next week which starts me out riding 40 miles a week, quickly climbs to 100 miles per week, peaks at 180 in a week, and then delivers me to the 200 mile ride.

Just do a lot of HGH, EPO and test prop....you'll be fine. Hilarious!

Vegas_Bronco
02-09-2012, 09:52 PM
Take mustard packets and don't forget to lube the groin. You should do the tour de Colorado one year...its a blast with the right ppl.

broncocalijohn
02-09-2012, 11:04 PM
I remember the worst part of riding that 100 mile ride was right at about mile 4 when I looked at my odometer and said to myself "four miles down, ninety six more to go!" I almost fell off my bike laughing at that concept...

Maybe if you would stop campaigning for Ron Paul every few miles you might actually finish the 100 miles before night fall. Stop multi tasking and concentrate on your Schwinn making it with only 4 speeds. Banana seat with the sissy bar?

Taco John
02-09-2012, 11:06 PM
Take mustard packets and don't forget to lube the groin. You should do the tour de Colorado one year...its a blast with the right ppl.

mustard packets?

Bronco Yoda
02-10-2012, 02:42 AM
Ok TJ, what did you do wrong?

I'm sensing self punishment here. No one does this sort of self flagellation for the fun of it.

Good luck :)

Vegas_Bronco
02-10-2012, 09:06 PM
mustard packets?

They help when you start getting the heaves...dangerous to lose your liquids on a long ride.

Good luck TJ and take some pics.

wandlc
02-10-2012, 10:20 PM
Or you can try this race http://www.evanstoncycling.org/HighUintasClassic.html .

It is a tough first day ride, the last mile before the summit is real tough. I rode it when I lived in Evanston in 1990.

Chris
02-11-2012, 08:57 AM
Did these mountains as part of a larger ride a few years back

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3538/3550673661_c00cf62288.jpg

With switchbacks like this (I'd argue worse but couldn't find photos of the ones we actually did)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XyjfAYkK-xM/Ti9qj-HJSWI/AAAAAAAANJg/XKmI-tVxtX4/s400/ColdeMadoneSwitchbacks.JPG

KevinJames
02-11-2012, 11:01 AM
thats crazy I hate driving from Seattle to Portland I couldn't imagine doing it on a bike ..... wow