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Old 06-11-2010, 11:38 AM
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AMF-
I didn't use the cooling vest, but the MS folks were very good about having it available for me. One woman kept our cooler in her car and gave me her cell #. She was willing to bring it to me whenever I needed it. I can't explain why I stayed so strong on Saturday with the heat. I guess just adrenaline and stubborness. I was stronger than I have ever been. Teammates were talking to my DH about me burning out, but it never happened. I was powering up hills and passing everyone. I felt fine at the end of day one. I did insist upon going to the hotel room, showering and changing. They had a shower truck, but I really wanted to lie down and rest for a few minutes. Luckily, we found a ride to the hotel. We took the shuttle bus back from the hotel to the dinner event.
Sunday was tougher for me. The hills did me in and the rain scared me. I fell in water in October and woke up in the CT scanner- some residual positional vertigo and lots of self-doubt. I didn't have much left at the end of that day. I did sit around with teammates for an hour but pretty much crashed once home. Luckily, the ride ended in our town, so minimal commute. I came down with a summer cold on Tuesday and have been sick ever since. Haven't been on the bike since Sunday.
Organization- Apparently, there have been significant organizational problems in the past- missing or poorly stocked rest stops, hassles with money for those who backed out and a "tone" to the emails from the local MS organization that annoyed participants. Unfortunately, annoyed riders talk a lot and that affected many people. Our team lost half of its members this year and raised less than half the money we did last year. I think it will be difficult to overcome the bad rap they received in the past. For many, a ride is meant to be fun and it is good if it benefits others. When it becomes a hassle, there are other options for many riders. A point A to point B ride has some inherent hassles with logistics. Our bus arrived at churchill downs at 7:15 and we missed the announcement about group photos. So, we don't have a group photo and this was a huge marketing thing for us last year. Also, we all had to get up at 4:30 to ride the bus...long day.
You have been pushing yourself more than a bit. Your wife could be right. Could you consider naming the demon to your friend with Afib? I found the demon has less power when named and you can support each other with your little medical issues. Everyone probably "knows" and are being quiet for your sake. Sort of the white elephant in the room.
Good luck and remember to have fun.

Pell
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:30 AM
AMFADVENTURES AMFADVENTURES is offline
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I’m off. The weather is miserable, rain, hail and snow over most of the state, even had a tornado warning yesterday. The forecast is for warming to hot by the end of the week.

I listed my MS Dx on the medical information sheet affixed to the inside of my helmet (clever system they have there), hope there’s no reason to open it up.

I have not forgotten that the purpose of this thread is the MS 150, RTR is just a sidetrack.

Intent on keeping the rubber side down,

AMF Adventures

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Old 06-14-2010, 06:36 PM
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AMF, I was hoping for a progress report. I hope you are doing well.
I caught a cold two days after the MS ride and have been sick ever since. I finally went to the doctor today, so you know I feel lousy. I haven't been near my bike since the ride. I don't even have a desire to ride. Of course, I can't breathe.
Hopefully, you aren't dealing with heat in addition to hills. My best wishes are with you.
Pell
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:50 AM
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Hey Pell, sorry you're feeling miserable, I know that's not uncommon after a putting out the kind of effort you did for the MS ride. It's something I'm concerned about after RTR. I'm hoping that if I taper down slowly it will reduce the risk of getting sick. We'll see.

I rode every inch of the last 4 days, 252 miles, over 18,000 feet of climbing. Needless to say, I was toast every evening but the power of recovery is truely amazing. I guess that must be part of what the training is all about. Here's a brief blow by blow:

Day 1, 45 miles, about 3,500 ft. of ascent. We missed a nasty hail storm by a half hour but all in all it was a good ride.

Day 2, Grand Mesa, 94 miles, about 6,300 ft. of ascent. This is arguably the second most difficult ride in Colorado. Much like Mt. Lemmon but steeper and a little longer. It started raining and hailing about 5 miles from the peak and didn't stop for the next 3 hours. The climb wasn't too bad but the cold rain and hail on the decent was the most miserable I can remember being since cross country skiing days many many years ago. A 10 hour day, maybe 8.5 in the saddle.

Day 3, 67 miles, about 3,500 ft of ascent. Almost a recovery ride. Took it real easy most of the time, HR about 70%, but of course there were a couple of short, steep hills. Not a bad day though.

Day 4, 61 miles, 6,000 ft of ascent over 3 different mountain passes. Tanya said it first, I can do hills and I can do wind but hills plus wind.... Started up the first pass early, 3,500 ft ascent, not terribly difficult. Went down and started up the second pass and that's when the wind kicked up. It was only 7 miles of maybe 5-6% average grade but the 20 mph head wind made it almost impossible. At 3 miles from the peak I stopped and started flagging SAG's. I wasn't the only one, the SAG's were all full so I never managed to get one. Slowly made my way to the top and continued on. The final pass was only 3 miles and 700 ft. of ascent so bit the bullet and just did it, headwind and all. The final decent was frieghtening, very steep, 20 mph winds with higher gusts knocking bikes all over the road. It was a 10 hour day, maybe 8 in the saddle. And that's why I took today off.

This whole thing has been such an incredible experience, all the things you think you can't possibly do and then somehow you just do. The cold, the pain, the despair of climbing in the face of heavy head winds, it'll take me weeks if not months to process all of this and really be able to comprehend and write about it.

Two days to go, hope to make rest of the ride.

AMF
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:22 PM
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First, here’s a couple of cycling tips.
Cement roads typically have expansion joints running parallel down the road. The joints can easily catch a 700X23c road bike front tire and flip the bike. One rider had to be helicoptered to a hospital as a result of catching an expansion joint. Similar cracks can form in asphalt roads too.
NEVER draft off of a moving vehicle. As a bike moves out of the “draft zone” it will encounter turbulence that can be severe enough to tumble the bike depending on the speed of the vehicle. The rider who tried this got to take an ambulance to the hospital. There are other obvious problems with this idea too.
If you’re not comfortable riding in the wind, slow down. It can easily cause a rider to lose control and crash. A number of riders earned their “road rash” badges this way.

I completed 6 out of 7 days of Ride the Rockies for a total of 450 miles and 23,850 ft. of ascent. Day 6 was 90 miles including a 3,900 ft. climb up Wolf Creek Pass and another white knuckle decent with cross winds in the 20 mph range. The ambulances were very busy on this particular day.
Day 7 was 82 miles and 1,600 ft. of climbing up Poncha Springs Pass. The wind, which had wreaked havoc all week, was finally at our backs at 10 to 15 mph making the ride quite fast. The last 12 miles were all down hill and even though at the top of Poncha Springs Pass I thought I might never ride a bike again, by the time I finished the last 12 miles everything was OK. The bike, the wind and I were all friends once more.

Can’t wait to do the MS 150 next weekend. It will be interesting to compare the experience after RTR to last years MS 150 ride.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:38 PM
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AMF, What you have accomplished is truely awesome. Congratulations on your amazing ride and tenacity.
Honestly, the MS150 is going to be a ride in the park for you.
I still haven't been on a bike although I can finally see the possibility in the next few days. I have a testerone free ride Tuesday (women's training ride working on climbing, shifting skills) that I do want to attend.
Again, great job. I hope you were able to enjoy some of the scenery on your ride. It doesn't sound like conditions were great, but I guess that happens in the mountains.

Pell
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:48 PM
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AMF, congratulations! I agree with Pell, the MS150 will be a ride in the park for you.

Amazing accomplishment, you're inspiring!

Pell, I hope you feel better and get back on the bike! (just kidding)

Have a great week.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:26 AM
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Thank You Jenn and Pell, and yes, the training paid off and I am very satisfied with my performance. The single most outstanding phenomenon of the whole experience was the ability of the body to recover overnight, even an MS affected body. That really surprised me especially in the face of a number of MS symptoms that worsened throughout each day. It took four days for that to finally wear me down, then only one day to mostly recover, totally amazing.

Did 1.5 hrs. at an easy pace Monday, it took that long to loosen my legs up. On the MS 150, I plan to find a couple of easy going team mates and doddle along. I think I deserve to just enjoy this ride.

Thanks Girls,
AMF

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Old 06-22-2010, 09:50 PM
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AMF- The human body, even one with MS, is pretty amazing. Be sure to give yourself some recovery time. Really.
I rode yesterday and today. The Testosterone free ride today involved driving rain and hail, so we didn't work on technique much. I have to get stronger on hills. I was pretty short of breath today, so I am hoping that will pass soon. As soon as it does, I am going to do hill repeats or something to make myself stronger. I still haven't figured out why I was so strong on the MS ride- especially in that heat. I am starting a weight lifting program. Maybe that will help something.
Jenn- What are you doing this summer? Are you hiding from the heat with indoor activity?

Pell
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:26 PM
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Pell,

Your first day performance on the MS 150 was remarkable, I thought you probably managed to peak off the training just perfectly. If the second day was more difficult could have been because you went out a little too hard on the first day. I don’t understand how you managed so well with the heat though.

That hail stings doesn't it?

This is a pic coming into Ouray on the third day. The mountains will be the fourth day ride which nearly did me in. The character in the sign says it all but the text should read OMG !!!

AMF
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