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1 This is the Book I wish someone had given me

February 09, 2013

I suspect I've done just about everything wrong a person can, so to !FAIL! at completing the 200 mile in-one-day version of the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Event: STP.

This is the book that I wish I had had when I started riding for more than an hour or so.  The hard won (i.e. painful) learnings of "don't do this".    Yes, I had lots and lots of "input" on "what to

Good, Olde Days!

Once upon a time, back in the good-olde-days, like around 2004, I decided I needed to start riding my bike to strengthen my legs, and especially my right knee.  I had been going to the gym and working out, but it wasn't enough.

Fortunately, Larry, my trainer at the gym, had done/coached triathlons and shepherded tours of places like Australia on bicycles.  With Larry's encouragement and a lot of research on the web, I started riding.  That first year I was happy I had ridden 500 miles during the Oregon summer.

Longer Distances....

Then I started ridding longer distances: 1300 miles the next year, 2000 miles the year after....
and had started doing "events".  Pioneer Century, Portland Century, even signed up for STP.

But something wasn't right: it just didn't seem to work out well.  I didn't even start my first STP when it was clear that 200 miles was beyond what I could do.  On the Centuries, I would usually cut off part so it wasn't as long since I was fading out.  Yep, it wasn't working out.

Sort of Works...

Fast forward a couple of years: I rode 4500 miles last year, two years I completed STP in one day, and I have failed to complete STP a couple times.  I now consider "a long ride" to be more than 100 miles or so.

These commentaries are my assessment and insight into what I shouldn't do.  This is the book I wish I had read (and understood) back in 2004.

 Please note that "your mileage will vary."  

=> read at your own risk!
If something is interesting to you or gives you ideas or insight, good, but this book is strictly about what works (or doesn't work) for me. 

Recent Commentaries
in Introduction Book

STP:Intro - February 17, 2013
3  It's Simple!
STP:Intro - February 09, 2013
1  The Book I Shoulda Had
STP:Intro - February 09, 2013
2  Looked Beat


1   The Book I Shoulda Had
  February 09, 2013
2   Looked Beat
  February 09, 2013
3   It's Simple!
  February 17, 2013
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