HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby feldpaj » September 26th, 2012, 12:23 pm

Alex,
you are being convinced to do the 80. It looks like a fair number are doing the 80. But i woudnt object to the 50, and dropping the m33 stuff.
It will all be determined friday night i guess.
Having done the 80, when you finish the first 30 you are more than half done, but so are more than half your daylight hours....
I dont like to cut it short at the end either, some stupid mentality says i have to ride/walk/crawl the whole thing.
One fall ride we finished the 50 in the dark and cut off the last bit (started late and stupid flat tire), i was kinda upset we didnt ride the last miles on the trail. But it has been a while since someone said i was smart. :)
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby Nelg » September 26th, 2012, 1:37 pm

feldpaj wrote:Alex,
you are being convinced to do the 80. It looks like a fair number are doing attempting the 80. But i woudnt object to the 50, and dropping the m33 stuff.
It will all be determined friday night i guess.
Having done the 80, when you finish the first 30 you are more than half done done with the *beep* part, but so are more than half your daylight hours....
I dont like to cut it short at the end either, some stupid mentality says i have to ride/walk/crawl the whole thing.
One fall ride we finished the 50 in the dark and cut off the last bit (started late and stupid flat tire), i was kinda upset we didnt ride the last miles on the trail. But it has been a while since someone said i was smart. :)


Added a couple edits for Alex. ;)

Doing the 50 is about the same difficulty level as the Lumberjack 100, probably just a little easier on the legs but harder on the body overall from the bumpy trail. The 80 is no small feat and there are very few efficient ways to bail as the roads are crappy and none are straight. Short of a 24 hour race, it's one of the toughest things you can do in this state on a bike.

If your longest rides have only been two or three hours, you'll be hating life and likely a liability on the 80. If you have been getting some good long rides in on a regular basis and have built up a strong base, you'll be fine.

One of these days I'll do the 80, but it will be in the summer where you have another two or three hours of daylight. That and I'll need to convince myself that the east side of M33 is a scenic oasis and the north side swamp is a gift to us all. :wink:
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby UPNORTH » September 26th, 2012, 2:20 pm

The weather is looking great. 40 in the morning and 64 for a high. And sunny all day. perfect.
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby alexyoung » September 26th, 2012, 2:52 pm

So my longest rides (on the road bike ) have been upwards of 6 hours in preparation for the Wish a Mile ride where we rode 300 miles in three days. Longest ride on the mtb was 7 hours. I dunno. I think I could do it, but if the first 30 is utter crap, I don't know if I care that much. This is the problem that lack of experience (with this ride) provides!
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby Mike_D » September 26th, 2012, 3:11 pm

alexyoung wrote:So my longest rides (on the road bike ) have been upwards of 6 hours in preparation for the Wish a Mile ride where we rode 300 miles in three days. Longest ride on the mtb was 7 hours. I dunno. I think I could do it, but if the first 30 is utter crap, I don't know if I care that much. This is the problem that lack of experience (with this ride) provides!


If I were you, I would do the 50 this time around and see how that goes for you. If you felt REALLY fresh after this ride, do the 80 the next time. I've done the 30 mile ride a couple of times so this will be my first 50 on this trail. Baby steps... :lol:
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby alexyoung » September 26th, 2012, 3:25 pm

More time to eat, drink and be merry I guess :D
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby ihateplaindave » September 26th, 2012, 3:37 pm

A buddy of mine wasn't sure a couple of years ago, so he rode the 50. Felt fresh so he rode the other 30 on Sunday. Loved the Fun 50 (we all did), but he wasn't a big fan of the 30.
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby Nelg » September 26th, 2012, 6:23 pm

If you did three centuries in a row this summer and have held to most of that fitness you'll be fine for the 80.
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby alexyoung » September 26th, 2012, 6:24 pm

I held onto mooost of it. :D
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby MMMHills » September 26th, 2012, 6:35 pm

Who has a garmin download for the whole route? I would like to have it loaded so I dont get lost.
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby bh357 » September 26th, 2012, 6:57 pm

MMMHills wrote:Who has a garmin download for the whole route? I would like to have it loaded so I dont get lost.


I have a gpx file, as does Alex... well he has my file. As to not getting lost, let's just say the gpx file in question has a few "unintended side trips" :lol:
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby bh357 » September 26th, 2012, 6:58 pm

I pile-drove myself into the trail yesterday, and am still sore. Looking more like the beer, I mean fun, 50 for me.
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby purple helmet » September 26th, 2012, 7:49 pm

hmm, moon is bright enough to ride by...

wonder if that's a sign?

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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby Nelg » September 26th, 2012, 8:23 pm

MMMHills wrote:Who has a garmin download for the whole route? I would like to have it loaded so I dont get lost.


We have awesome waterproof maps for sale, you won't need a gps with one of them.
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Re: HCP Fall Fun 50-Sept. 29th, 2012

Postby alexyoung » September 26th, 2012, 9:00 pm

http://connect.garmin.com/course/765902

And, I'll buy a map. I love maps. Is there access to water at the camp ground? Thx.
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