Tour de Palm Springs

  • GoodPup

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    Jan 22, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    Anyone here doing the Palm Springs Century on February 9th?
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:50 AM GMT
    Does it require being on test and EPO to win?
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    I've never been to Palm Springs but my ex told me it was his favorite place in the whole world. And he's been to a lot of places.
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    Jan 24, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    My roommates have a house out there so I get to go pretty often... I do like it, but I think for bike riding it is not the best. It'll be a tough ride in the wind and heat... but its a good challenge.
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    Jan 26, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    I'm doing it to kickstart my year.

    Work got in the way of riding from August through the end of the year so I'm out of shape and haven't done more than a 75 mile ride in the last six months, but PS is flat, so I should still be able to do it. I might have to pace myself a bit slower than usual. We'll see.
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    Jan 26, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    JaseinOC saidMy roommates have a house out there so I get to go pretty often... I do like it, but I think for bike riding it is not the best. It'll be a tough ride in the wind and heat... but its a good challenge.


    I've only done the Tour de Palm Springs once...it was 45 degrees in the morning and 80 by the time I finished. The wind is a factor on the way to the finish once you pass La Quinta, plus it's a false flat stretch.

    Here's my data from three years ago. If you check the details, you can see the elevation profile. That's probably the pace I'll hit this year. If I had kept in condition during the fall, I'd be aiming for around 18.5mph since it's such a flat ride.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/24614399
  • GoodPup

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    Jan 27, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    I've only been doing spin class for the past year or so... so it's gonna be a tough one for me. I figured worse case I'll take the cut off for the 55 mile route if I'm just dying. haha
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    Jan 27, 2013 8:02 AM GMT
    What's the longest ride you've done? Hour-long spin classes won't really prepare you for spending 6+ hours in the saddle.
  • mrk100

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    Jan 27, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    We (me and Ironman4u) are doing it. I have good friends in PS and get out there often. I was there a few weeks ago riding and it was about 40 in the morning and only got up to 65..not too windy....if it is like that it will be great.
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    Jan 28, 2013 4:48 AM GMT
    mrk100 saidWe (me and Ironman4u) are probably doing it. I have good friends in PS and get out there often. Had a good ride there a few weeks ago. It was about 40 in the morning and only got up to 65..not too windy....if it is like that it will be great.
    65 is lower than most nighttime temps here.

    My blood temporarily froze solid just thinking about such arctic weather.
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    Jan 28, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    ugh I love LOVE LOVE Palm Springs.

    Miss it. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:40 AM GMT
    running11 saidugh I love LOVE LOVE Palm Springs.

    Miss it. icon_sad.gif
    I LOVE LOVE your body, but I can't say I miss it cause I never had it. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    running11 saidugh I love LOVE LOVE Palm Springs.

    Miss it. icon_sad.gif
    I LOVE LOVE your body, but I can't say I miss it cause I never had it. icon_sad.gif


    I LOVE LOVE when you hit on me. Please do it more often icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    I was in Palm Springs yesterday with my brother-in-law. It was nice. It was cool and cloudy and you could still smell the rain in the air.
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    Jan 28, 2013 1:18 PM GMT
    running11 said
    paulflexes said
    running11 saidugh I love LOVE LOVE Palm Springs.

    Miss it. icon_sad.gif
    I LOVE LOVE your body, but I can't say I miss it cause I never had it. icon_sad.gif


    I LOVE LOVE when you hit on me. Please do it more often icon_twisted.gif
    Ok, sexy. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 1:25 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidDoes it require being on test and EPO to win?

    Speaking of a century... please continue to keep in mind our November ride to Key West, 100 + 65 miles. I know your next out-of-state contract dates aren't fixed yet, but if you're around, and considering the serious biking you're doing, you'd be able to return home as close as the week before and still jump on your bike and do it. The only other issue being the fundraising, but you can do that wherever you are. And just think, you'd get to enjoy seeing me huffing and puffing along for 2 days. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 28, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidDoes it require being on test and EPO to win?

    Speaking of a century... please continue to keep in mind our November ride to Key West, 100 + 65 miles. I know your next out-of-state contract dates aren't fixed yet, but if you're around, and considering the serious biking you're doing, you'd be able to return home as close as the week before and still jump on your bike and do it. The only other issue being the fundraising, but you can do that wherever you are. And just think, you'd get to enjoy seeing me huffing and puffing along for 2 days. icon_wink.gif
    If I get sent to AZ again, I'll end up riding some serious mountain terrain. By November I'll probably be able to stay at the front of the pack the entire time and wonder why they're so slow (ok, wishful thinking). icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 31, 2013 6:42 AM GMT
    Hey,
    Sounds like a good ride. I'm in San Diego, and will go out Friday?
    What course you riding?
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    Jan 31, 2013 7:30 AM GMT
    I'm getting in late on Friday because of a business trip. Doing the 100 mile course. It's going to be a loooong week.
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    Feb 01, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    erik911sd saidWhat's the longest ride you've done? Hour-long spin classes won't really prepare you for spending 6+ hours in the saddle.


    I haven't been on much since starting a new job this week...
    I've done 5 centuries, so right now debating if I'll push it or do what I know I can do and stick with the 55 for now and make it a training ride for something bigger.
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    Feb 02, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    Palm Springs was the second century I did and didn't do anything special to train up to it. There is so much downhill on it, if you can easily do a 55 mile ride, you could probably do PS. I haven't done more than 65 miles in the last couple months and I'm not worried about it.
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    Feb 03, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
    ha! i wouldn't say I can easily do the 55... but I know I can do the 55. ha!
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    Feb 04, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    Looking for a buddy to do the 56 mile ride.
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    Feb 05, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidPalm Springs was the second century I did and didn't do anything special to train up to it. There is so much downhill on it, if you can easily do a 55 mile ride, you could probably do PS. I haven't done more than 65 miles in the last couple months and I'm not worried about it.
    Endurance cycling is as much about technique as it is about endurance. Actually it's more.

    If you know your upper limit and how to reach it gracefully, you'll know how to pace your cadence so that it doesn't wear you out in the long run...even on uphills and technical downhills.
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    Feb 05, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    InTheSaddle saidLooking for a buddy to do the 56 mile ride.
    This is why I enjoy MTBing over road riding.

    It's easy as fuck to find MTBers around your own skill level to ride with, so you don't get dropped or drop someone else too bad...not to mention MTBers are more likely to wait up on you at rest points to make sure you're ok if they do drop you.

    I only know 4 MTBers I work with...the "original four." All the other people I ride with are people I met on the trails (usually at rest points).