Seattle to Portland Bike Ride

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    Jul 16, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    Feeling pretty good about myself....I rode the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Ride yesterday. It was 202 miles....and the best part was.....

    I DID IT IN 1 DAY!!!

    Just had to share with you guys because I am so excited about it!! It was a challenge I set out to accomplish this year. Put a lot of time into training to attain this goal and it was the best feeling in the world to FINISH!!
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    Jul 16, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    Shamelessly bumping my own thread, lol.
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    Cool. Now go do RAMROD and call us when you get back.
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidCool. Now go do RAMROD and call us when you get back.


    Dang!!! RAMROD is insane!!! Maybe in a couple of years I will attempt this. Has anyone here ever done it before?
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    Next Spring I am doing a bike ride from Houston to Austin. 150 miles should be fun and gorgeous time to bike through Texas Hill Country.

    Congrats on your ride bud.
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidNext Spring I am doing a bike ride from Houston to Austin. 150 miles should be fun and gorgeous time to bike through Texas Hill Country.

    Congrats on your ride bud.


    Thanks msuNtx!!! Good luck on your 150 mile ride from Houston to Austin. It will be an awesome ride you wont forget. Hope to hear about it when you do it!
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    Jul 16, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidNext Spring I am doing a bike ride from Houston to Austin. 150 miles should be fun and gorgeous time to bike through Texas Hill Country.

    Congrats on your ride bud.


    I think you meant to say Houston to Pittsburgh icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 16, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    joelryn saidFeeling pretty good about myself....I rode the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Ride yesterday. It was 202 miles....and the best part was.....

    I DID IT IN 1 DAY!!!

    Just had to share with you guys because I am so excited about it!! It was a challenge I set out to accomplish this year. Put a lot of time into training to attain this goal and it was the best feeling in the world to FINISH!!

    One day is heroic! Congrats. Most STP riders take 2, plus you get to enjoy all the fun at the overnight camp ground.

    Or do they still camp? And are the recipients of the money the ride raises still a variety of health care agencies, not just HIV/AIDS alone? And by doing it in 2 days, was there any support crew and facilities for you, on the second 100 miles past the overnight stop point? That's just amazing to go it alone!
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    Jul 16, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    Thanks Art_Deco!!

    There were 10,000 riders. Approximately 7500 of the riders choose to ride it in two days. There is still several campsites at the halfway point in Centralia and at a few places just past the halfway point that those riders stay at. It sounded like there were still lots of activities and things for them to do when camping/staying overnight. And yes, there was still plenty of ride support and stops/fueling stations for those who do it in 2 days, including the same finish line festival on that second day.

    This is from their website:

    "The 33rd annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is the largest multi-day ride in the Northwest. Up to 10,000 riders make the 200-mile trek. The route, carefully marked with directional arrows (Dan Henrys), leads riders through the scenic valleys, forests and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon.

    Food is included at midday rest stops interspersed with community-supported mini-stops where quick energy may be purchased. Mechanical and medical support is provided for rider safety and enjoyment. Come join what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!"

    I still have a huge smile on my face and am high from being able to be one of the few that finished it all in 1 day!! I am already planning on doing it again next year with the goal of finishing the one day journey in an even quicker time than i did this go-around.
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    Nice work!
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    teamzissou saidNice work!


    Thanks teamzissou!!
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    I'd love to been part of that... if I was in Portland! Dah! Where to move next... and for the 2nd to last time in my life... hmm?
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:07 PM GMT
    joelryn saidFeeling pretty good about myself....I rode the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Ride yesterday. It was 202 miles....and the best part was.....

    I DID IT IN 1 DAY!!!

    Just had to share with you guys because I am so excited about it!! It was a challenge I set out to accomplish this year. Put a lot of time into training to attain this goal and it was the best feeling in the world to FINISH!!
    Congrats! That is freakin awesome! Good work, buddy! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
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    joelryn saidFeeling pretty good about myself....I rode the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bike Ride yesterday. It was 202 miles....and the best part was.....

    I DID IT IN 1 DAY!!!

    Just had to share with you guys because I am so excited about it!! It was a challenge I set out to accomplish this year. Put a lot of time into training to attain this goal and it was the best feeling in the world to FINISH!!
    Congrats! That is freakin awesome! Good work, buddy! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif


    Thanks JR_RJ!! It was simply incredible to cross that finish line.
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    "Limited to 10,000 riders... icon_eek.gif and it's always sold out. Who do you have to blow to make the cut?

    Really, I think I'd prefer to do it some other weekend. But that's just me.
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    mindgarden said"Limited to 10,000 riders... icon_eek.gif and it's always sold out. Who do you have to blow to make the cut?

    Really, I think I'd prefer to do it some other weekend. But that's just me.


    It is limited to 10000 riders and it sold out within just a few weeks of opening up registration back in February. In fact, it was 85% full after just one week!! Didn't have to blow anyone to make the cut this time around, lol. Just got on and registered early.
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    Jul 16, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidCongratulations. That's really cool. I'll have to try that after I fix my bike... Actually, it might be easier to get a new one.


    Thanks Trolileo!! You should totally do it if you're up for the challenge. What kind of bike do you have?

    There's always the 2 day option too if you don't want to try to do it in 1 day.
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    Jul 16, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
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    mindgarden said"Limited to 10,000 riders... icon_eek.gif and it's always sold out. Who do you have to blow to make the cut?

    Really, I think I'd prefer to do it some other weekend. But that's just me.


    It is limited to 10000 riders and it sold out within just a few weeks of opening up registration back in February. In fact, it was 85% full after just one week!! Didn't have to blow anyone to make the cut this time around, lol. Just got on and registered early.


    Ah. Last time I tried, it was actually before the internet. We had to bake our entry forms into clay tablets and physically mail them.
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    Jul 16, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
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    mindgarden said"Limited to 10,000 riders... icon_eek.gif and it's always sold out. Who do you have to blow to make the cut?

    Really, I think I'd prefer to do it some other weekend. But that's just me.


    It is limited to 10000 riders and it sold out within just a few weeks of opening up registration back in February. In fact, it was 85% full after just one week!! Didn't have to blow anyone to make the cut this time around, lol. Just got on and registered early.


    Ah. Last time I tried, it was actually before the internet. We had to bake our entry forms into clay tablets and physically mail them.



    That must have taken a lot of carrier pigeons to "mail" in your entry form!! LOL
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    Jul 17, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Congratulations--I'm hoping to do this ride next year. I haven't done any doubles yet, so I haven't decided whether or not I'll attempt it in one day or split it over the two days. As much as I haven't had any desire to pull off a double yet, I hate camping, so that might just be my motivation to get it over with on day one, haha.
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidCongratulations--I'm hoping to do this ride next year. I haven't done any doubles yet, so I haven't decided whether or not I'll attempt it in one day or split it over the two days. As much as I haven't had any desire to pull off a double yet, I hate camping, so that might just be my motivation to get it over with on day one, haha.


    This was my first double century ride and I was definitely nervous as hell about it. Especially because I was doing it alone with no one else that I knew. Just set out by myself with 10,000 other riders. It turned out great though!

    You should definitely do this ride!! It is well organized and tons of fun. I wasn't sure weather to attempt the 1 or 2 day at first, but I figured why not try it in 1 day. Push myself a little and see what I can do. Plus, I don't think I'd have enough motivation to ride 100 miles and then wake up the next day just to face another 100. Why drag out the miles? lol.

    I was a little worried about cramping in the second 100 miles, but luckily I had a good nutrition and hydration plan that went off without a hitch and I avoided cramping. Not even after the race, that night while sleeping or the next day. I paced myself well and had a good fit on my bike. My legs weren't even sore afterwards.

    Anyways, whether you choose to do it in 1 or 2 days, it is still fun!!
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    Jul 17, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidCongratulations--I'm hoping to do this ride next year. I haven't done any doubles yet, so I haven't decided whether or not I'll attempt it in one day or split it over the two days. As much as I haven't had any desire to pull off a double yet, I hate camping, so that might just be my motivation to get it over with on day one, haha.

    If you hate camping, consider our SMART Ride to Key West that raises money for HIV/AIDS agencies. The overnighter at the 100-mile point is at a resort on the Keys, no tents involved. Each rider & crew member stays in a 2-bedroom townhouse villa, a full hot dinner and breakfast provided.

    We've already closed rider registration for this year's November event, but still looking for crew. Or keep your calendar open for November 2013.

    http://thesmartride.org/

    I can be reached directly for inquiries at:

    bob@thesmartride.org
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    Jul 17, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    How long did it take you to complete? That's a lot of non-stop riding!
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    Jul 20, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    Congratulations mate. An excellent achievement!
  • metlboy

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    Jul 25, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Congrats! I did the 2 day ride and it was a blast.